Church Of Scientology Convicted Of Fraud In France
The Church of Scientology was convicted of fraud and six of its members ordered to pay as much as $595,000 each, prosecutors in France said Tuesday.
The suit was brought by two plaintiffs, who testified that the Church — which is classified as a sect in France — and its members defrauded them through the use of a so-called electropsychometer, or E-Meter, that allegedly measures spiritual well-being, Religion News Blog has learned.
The plaintiffs said they were encouraged to pay thousands of dollars for unnecessary vitamins and books after the device was used on them.
The judgement comes in the middle of a tough week for Xenu followers; on Monday, Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis severed ties with the Church after more than 30 years and just last Friday Celebrity Center boss Tommy Davis walked out of an interview with Nightline’s Martin Bashir, after the two sparred over Bashir’s line of questioning.