Charis Yates, Beret Pugh, and Dean Pugh v. Narconon (re Scientology rehab)


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Tony Ortega: Scientology’s drug rehab system hit with tenth federal fraud lawsuit by Las Vegas attorney

Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton has filed his tenth federal fraud lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon. Filed in Nevada, the lawsuit alleges that the Scientology rehab center in that state, Rainbow Canyon Retreat, promised effective drug counseling delivered by licensed medical personnel, and instead delivered Scientology training from former addicts.

It’s a set of allegations that we’re very used to hearing, not only in Hamilton’s lawsuits but in many others that have been targeting Narconon in recent years.

This time, plaintiffs Charis Yates and Dean Pugh and their daughter Beret Pugh, all of Washington State, are suing Narconon Fresh Start in Nevada and its umbrella organizations Narconon International and the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE).

On August 30, 2012, Charis Yates and Dean Pugh were looking for a drug rehab facility for their daughter Beret. They were told the usual story by representatives of “Fresh Start” — what some Narconon facilities are calling themselves now. They were told about Fresh Start’s 76-percent success rate, that their daughter would receive “extensive substance abuse treatment,” and that a sauna program would flush drug toxins from her body, reducing or eliminating her drug cravings.

And, like so many others, the couple was told that their daughter would be under the supervision of medical professionals.

They paid $33,000 for Beret’s treatment.
Yates and Pugh v Narconon: Complaint


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It gives me great joy to see this happening. Who would have thought 10 years ago, that the Scientology organization would be on the receiving end of a barrage of lawsuits?

David Love and Ryan Hamilton are great people.