Carisa Marion’s Story
This is an account from Marisa to me when she came on a visit to my house and also from an article in the St Petersburg Times from Tampa, Florida.
Carisa Marion had more than $350,000 in her church account when “The Basics” went on sale. “Because I had this money there, I was a target for staff who actually stole money off my account many times for unauthorized book purchases”
Said Carisa on a Knowledge Report.
When the ‘Basic Books’ were first released everybody was called, even people like me, who have left the Church fifteen years ago because of the rip off of the Golden Age of Tech.
SO members were endlessly calling anyone who had ever been on lines, all of the staff were ordered to sell the books, even HCO and the C/Ses!
My friend Carisa Marion has been a scientologist for more than 30 years, she is an expert on nutrition and the top authority in the planet with regarding the Purification R/D for the general public as well as for those addicted to drugs.
Her expertise is not only on the Purification R/D but is also on which vitamins and supplements to take for a specific body problem. She is the best.
Carisa owned a property near Flag and the Org wanted to buy it to own more real estate in Clearwater and in 2005, she was paid one million for it. However, they made her agree that $500, 000.0 0 was put back on account for Scientology services for her and her family.
When the Basics were released she bought three sets with some of the money for her family, nevertheless they tried to sell her more books and she refused, “no more” she said. But they did not give up and late at night they came knocking on the door unexpectedly but she did not answer. Then later she was called by the captain of the org and was asked to buy the books for the mayor of the City of Santa Clarita, California where she lived. She again, said no.
A month later, she was called again, insisting that she buy the books and she finally gave in and they took $7,000 from her account and broke up her auditing package. She then went to Celebrity Center in Los Angeles for auditing and while she was there, she was asked to go to the Chaplains office, when she walked in there were three staff members who started harrassing her to buy sixteen sets of the basics!!!!
She had already bought five! And they wanted more! She had already written a Knowledge Report that she was being pressured to break her OT levels for books. She was told at Celebrity Center that if she bought 16 sets, other public were going to help her sell them. After five hours of pressure, she gave in.
The Church delivered the books that sat in her living room for months and no one to sell them. That took another $30,000.00 from her account
Clearwater Sea Org staffer Stephanie Bills tapped into Marion’s account a few days later, Carisa’s account statement shows. She pulled out $3,625 — without permission, she said — to pay for individual titles in the Basics series. Those books were sent to Carisa’s brother in New York City.
It was February 2008, seven months into the Basics campaign.
Carisa found out when her brother called saying: What are these? He already had those titles.
Stephanie Bills Flag Rep in New York
When she complained, Carisa was then promised that the money was going to be put back on her account by the treasury Christine Revell, but it never happened. Instead, the ethics officer Jarrod Kelly phone her and told her that he would have UPS pick up eight flawed sets and deliver four new sets, plus an additional series of lectures that go with the Basics. He also would put $5,000 back into her account.
Carisa said okay, but she insisted the debit not go through until her sets were picked up.
That didn’t happen. Kelly debited Carisa four sets and UPS delivered them to her. Now she had 20 sets, enough to open a book store!!!!!
It took a week of phone calls, but Carisa got the church to pick up all 20 sets and promise to restore her account for those debits.
What she didn’t learn until later: One day after proposing the swap, according to her account statement, Kelly debited another $15,000, without her okay, for four more sets that were to be donated back to the church to distribute!
By september, Jose and Jesus Marinez went over her account and asked her to buy more sets for a scientologist in Italy who had offered to sell them for her.
Personally I don’t know who came with the idea to have public buy books and have other public sell them, the staff must have been desperate or evil to come with such unusual solutions.
By now she has been asked to buy 4 dozen = 48 sets of the books, imagine! Carisa now asked to have a statement with a balance of her account faxed to her, she wanted to make sure that there were no mistakes and everthing was perfectly clar, howeve, when the fax arrived, it showed a balance of only $278,374.55, which was incorrect. They just added $70,000.00 to shut her up.
When she was shown a statement of her account she saw that JoseLuis Martinez had taken off her account more than $50,000 for the 20 sets she refused to buy. So now that she was furious, she decided to write a Knowledge Report whcich she called “Financial Crimes”.
According to some ex staff, there have been so many irregularities, that some SO staff have been selling books to dead parishioners! One case is that of
Lisa Hamilton, who supervised several departments while in the SO said that said she personally saw the officer, Jon Lundeen, and his deputies searching computers for such accounts. A Sea Org investigation determined that Lundeen debited five accounts!
After complaining many times, Carisa, she then received a letter from the Flag’s treasury chief apologizing:
“I want to reassure you this matter has been investigated,” wrote Christine Revell. She told Carisa that her account had been frozen again “so there can be no further unauthorized debits.”
The church eventually restored all the money improperly debited from her account, which stood at $399,161.81 at the end of last year. However she assigned them the Condition of Treason the lack of integrity from the staff.
Then they shamelessy lied lied and said that she had been expelled, the truth is that Carisa actually sent them a resignation letter instead and askef for her money back, she was at her wits end and she decided that she did not want anything to do with the CofS.
She finally got her money back on Halloween Day.
Carisa and I at my house having a good time.
It took a lawyer, a report to the Better Business Bureau, going to the media and lots of wasted time dealing with Church officials, until she got her money back.
Thanks to Joe Childs, an excellent reporter for the St Petersburg Times, Carisa was helped with her refund. One can see more details about this story in the SP Times.