Akard v. Narconon Southern California. et al.

Akard, represented by William M. Margolin, sues Narconon Southern California, Narconon International, Narconon Western United States, and the Association For Better Living and Education aka ABLE for contractual Fraud. Claims include that Defendent was deceptive in procuring contract, had 'unclean hands', use of Scientology philosophy in the program without disclosure. Much more... read the complaint.

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FTC Complaint, Narconon Warner Springs, October 29, 2008

Consumer alleges that she was falsely told there was no connection between Narconon and the Church of Scientology, and disputes the 86% success rate claim of the program. She states her son was also misled into an internship to work at the Fort Collins facility after he graduated from the program in Warner Springs. He was denied the minimum wage he was promised and only paid $50 a week while doing manual labor work for construction and maintenance tasks. Her son also had other bad experiences that led to his depression and relapse after leaving, which left the mother in fear for his life.

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They thought they were helping their daughter

These parents found Narconon Newport Beach through an internet search after becoming concerned about their daughter's drinking. Prior to daughter's admission, the parents say they were not informed about Narconon's no-refund policy or the program's connection to Scientology. Their 19-year-old daughter claimed to be the victim of sexual comments and advances made by a 50-year-old Narconon staff member.

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FTC Complaint, Narconon Southern California, August 16, 2008

Mother reports she found Narconon via a website and paid a deposit of $15,000 to Narconon Southern California after speaking to employee Nic Behner over the phone. Son backed out of going. Parent then paid for an unsuccessful intervention, as suggested by Behner, but son still did not go to Narconon. Complaint is about her difficulty in getting a repayment of her $15,000 deposit.

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Son never went to Narconon, but Mom still had trouble getting her money back

This Mom made a $20,000 down-payment for Narconon to "hold a bed" for her son in February of 2007. After a failed intervention, her son refused treatment, never setting foot in Narconon. Despite multiple requests and enlisting the help of an attorney, she had received no repayment as of June 23, 2008. Dealing with her son and this situation at the same time was extremely stressful for Mom. Finally, on July 28, 2008, a partial refund was received.

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Narconon Newport Beach, Another satisfied customer… Complaint to California Attorney General, March 26, 2008

This complaint details non-refundable pre-payments of $3000 for detox at Newport Beach and $27,000 for Narconon services, the latter was not delivered. The patient was taken off all medications and then declared "too heavy a user". No paperwork or receipts were received and no time spent at Narconon, no contract signed and refunds refused. They were not told of the ties to Scientology.

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Complaint to BBB, Narconon Fresh Start, March 21, 2008

The allegations in this complaint state that no medical exam was performed by a physician prior to Narconon starting the client on high-dose Niacin, or other vitamins, and 5 hours of daily sauna. A puncture wound on the client's hand was ignored. Housing consisted of 8 men in a trailer with a leaking toilet. The parents further allege that Narconon Fresh Start's website is misleading. They pulled their son out of the program after 48 hours and received only half of their money in refund.

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Clay v. Social Betterment Development Company dba New Life Center San Francisco

Cody Bates' mother had searched on the internet, and called Holly Conklin, "the intervention angel". Holly Conklin recommended New Life Center San Francisco for an extended program of medical detoxification, residential rehabilitation, along with vocational rehabilitation life and job skills. Cody arrived on Friday, August 24, 2007, with a prescription for medicine used for detoxification of opiates. Cody’s mother was promised he would be kept under observation throughout the withdrawal experience. On August 25th or 26th, Cody’s mother received a call from staff stating that Cody had made threats, while in the withdrawal process, to hurt or kill himself. Staff finally agreed to put Cody on “24 hour suicide watch” but failed to observe and attend to Cody as promised. In the midst of severe withdrawal symptoms, Cody committed suicide by hanging.

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