Pia Gardini (continued)
#2 Maria details a monumental "reg
cycle" in which she was coerced into turning over
a million dollars for a project to bring Italian auditors
to Flag to train to Class
8, only to find that not one Italian Class 8 was ever
made with the money she had donated. Yet the Commanding Officer
of the Flag Service
Organization, Debbie Cook, bought a new $40,000 car with
the commission she made from Maria's coerced donation, and
many others also got commissions from Maria's money. When
Maria demanded her money back she was again coerced, this
time into agreeing to get only half her money back. Maria
was in serious financial trouble and Scientology knew it.
They waved a check in front of her and told her if she would
agree to be repaid only half the money they would give her
the check right away, otherwise, she would get nothing.
signed an agreement under these coercive circumstances, but
she was never given a copy of the document, and her Italian
attorney later told her the agreement, written in English
but signed in Italy, was not legally binding. Shortly after
Maria visited the Lisa McPherson Trust, I received a letter
from Kendrick Moxon threatening to sue the LMT for inducing
Maria Gardini to breach her contract. John Merrett then wrote
to Moxon demanding a copy of the contract that was allegedly
being breached, and informing Moxon that unless a copy of
the agreement was forthcoming within one week we would consider
that no such agreement existed. That was at the beginning
of February. No such agreement has ever been produced by Moxon.
Moxon's threatening letter and LMT attorney, John Merrett's
response are also available on our site.
is very short. It details one example of the kind of coercive
treatment Maria was subjected to by Flag personnel to get
her to turn over her money.
Maria's daughter died of AIDS, contracted when she used a
dirty needle given to her by another drug user while being
treated at Narconon. Her daughter was OT7 when she died.
sure you will find the elements of coercion, abuse and fraud
in Maria's story all too familiar.
Maria's documents in Italian
of the terms Maria uses in her declarations are unique to
Scientology. A GLOSSARY
for the declarations, as well as supporting documents, can
be seen here.
did an interview with Italy's Oggi Magazine. Read
the article in English or in Italian
in PDF format.
the March 6, 2001 article about Maria in Italy's Il
Terreno Magazine in Italian
in pdf format.