Maria Pia Gardini

OT VIII, Class 9 Auditor Exposes Scientology

In January of 2001, Maria Pia Gardini contacted the LMT to ask us to help her recover 1.5 million dollars from Scientology. The story she told of fraud and abuse was so terrible that we asked her to come to Clearwater to tell her story on video.


During her visit she wrote three separate declarations and Stacy Brooks interviewed her on video for many hours. After a little more than a week with Maria, we all considered her a very good friend. Maria is a delightful woman who speaks very good English with a charming Italian accent. She is appalled when she looks back at what happened to her in Scientology. Maria comes from a wealthy Italian family. She was coerced into giving nearly her entire inheritance to Scientology and now is in serious financial difficulties.

Maria's daughter got into Scientology via the Narconon program in Italy. Maria was very close to her daughter and extremely concerned about her daughter's drug use. Her daughter told her Scientology had helped her. At the same time, Maria was very sad about the death of her father, and her daughter begged her to get some auditing to help relieve her grief, so Maria did it. As luck would have it, Maria had a very sympathetic auditor to talk to about her father's death. This auditor helped Maria tremendously during a difficult time in her life. That was the beginning for Maria Pia.

In her declarations you will read the details of what happened to Maria in Scientology. Because that very first auditing made her feel better, she continued to hope that as she moved up the "Bridge to Total Freedom" she would feel better again, but it never happened. At each new auditing step Maria was disappointed, but always a Scientology registrar, or reg (pronounced "redge" -- these are the people responsible for extracting as much money as possible from Scientologists) were able to get her to keep paying for more services, promising that the next level was the one she was looking for.

Perhaps one of the most ironic aspects of Maria's story is that she lost all of her money not as a public Scientologist but as a Sea Org member. Very soon after she got into Scientology, Maria joined the Sea Organization and ultimately became a Class 9 auditor, which is a very high level of training. In fact, she was one of Flag's most productive auditors, delivering thousands of hours to Flag's paying public Scientologists and making millions of dollars for Scientology. Sea Org members are, according to Scientology's own policies, supposed to receive not only their room and board but also their auditing and training for free in return for their work. Yet because Maria had money, she was required to pay for everything she ever received in Scientology. She was literally told that she was unethical to want to hold onto any of her money and that she should simply turn over her entire fortune to Scientology.

In Maria's declaration #1 you will learn about the incredible bait and switch fraud that is perpetrated by Scientology on the so-called "confidential OT levels." At every level beginning with OT3 Maria was promised that she would be rid of all her body thetans once she was done with that step. But at every step she discovered that it had been a lie. After OT3 she was told she had drugged BTs to take care of on OT4. Then she was told she had sleeping BTs to handle on OT5. Then on OT6 she learned that there were BTs everywhere, that her whole body was a mass of clusters of BTs. Then she did OT7 and thought she was now rid of all BTs….until she got to the Freewinds to do her OT8 and discovered that she was expected to audit out still more BTs.

You will read about Maria's incredible journey up the so-called Bridge to Total Freedom, and you will also learn that the night she attested to OT8 she went into a gambling casino in Nassau, where the Freewinds was in port, and found David Miscavige, Guillaume Lesevre and Ray Mithoff all gambling, despite the fact that Scientologists are forbidden to do this.

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