In mid September of 2012, Domenic J. Penta, Jr., age 44, had been at Narconon Gulf Coast for almost 2 months. Counting on the 90% success rate promised by Narconon Gulf Coast, his parents had paid $40,000 for him to attend. But unbeknownst to his parents, Dominic had been wrongfully kicked out of the program and dropped off at a hotel without any funds. He died of a drug overdose in the area shortly thereafter.
One can read about Domenic here:
On May 12, 2014, the parents of the late Domenic J. Penta, Jr. age 44, filed a lawsuit against Narconon Gulf Coast, Inc. and its Director, Deborah Ross.
The Pentas claim that, through oral representations and its website, Narconon made misrepresentations to the Pentas such as a 90% success rate, that the Narconon treatment program was based on medically accepted addiction treatments, that their son would receive personalized psychotherapy sessions with a licensed mental health counselor, that he would have access to an on-site physician, that there would be weekly phone meetings to advise the Pentas of their son’s progress and that Narconon and Ross made assurances that their son would remain in the Narconon program until he completed the program.
None of these promises were kept, the complaint states.
When Domenic was wrongfully terminated from the program and banished to a hotel without funds or capacity to care for himself, the Pentas were not notified by the facility. They were notified by another patient. On or about September 25, 2012, less than 2 weeks after Narconon and Deborah Ross dropped the Pentas’ son at a hotel, the Pentas’ son died of an overdose.
The Pentas state they would have never placed their son in Narconon had they known the representations were false. Additionally, they state they had no idea until after their son’s death that, upon information and belief, the Narconon program is based upon the teachings of the Church of Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard. The Pentas and their son are Catholic and do not believe in Scientology.
The Pentas, represented by Jeffrey M. Stephens of Stephens Law Firm in Destin, FL, sue for fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of oral contract, unjust enrichment, unfair and deceptive business practices, misleading advertising, negligence, gross negligence. The complaint goes into clearly stated detail on why they are suing on each of these counts. Take a few minutes and read it. You will find similarities to what the Pentas state in what has happened in other cases. The hotel/motel dumping is a Narconon tactic that has cost lives.
It should be noted that on December 29, 2013 a post was made at Reaching For The Tipping Point forum titled “Narconon Gulf Coast and another sad preventable death“. It quoted a Better Business Bureau complaint about Narconon Gulf Coast by the parent of an unnamed patient who was terminated from the program without notifying the parents. The son died within 2 weeks of being dropped of at a local hotel by Narconon staff. The son was Domenic.
That complaint has since been removed by the BBB because Narconon Gulf Coast reinvented itself using the same facility license but changing it’s legal name to Blu By The Sea, Inc. and joining the BBB. The original complaint link as noted in the forum post (http://www.bbb.org/northwestern-florida/business-reviews/rehabilitation-services/gulf-coast-addiction-treatment-in-destin-fl-90017660/complaints#breakdown) now takes you to the BBB’s profile for Blu By The Sea LLC, where the complaint is no longer shown, and Blu by the Sea has an A+ Rating with the BBB. Unlike the BBB, we give you the truth about Narconon Gulf Coast, a.k.a. Blu By The Sea, Inc.
The Pentas lawsuit can be found here: Penta v. Narconon Gulf Coast, Deborah Ross.