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Filed 9/11/14: Keller v. Narconon (re Scientology rehab network)


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Also, this case is very recent — Linda Keller was looking for a rehab facility for her son, Christopher, in April 2014.

She found numerous referral websites which appeared to be different from each other, but when she called the numbers they listed, each time she was referred to Narconon. She eventually reached a man named Josh Penn.

“Josh Penn represented that Fresh Start’s program had been scientifically and medically proven to be effective. Penn further falsely represented to Linda: (1) that while undergoing detox at Fresh Start, Christopher would be under the care of a doctor or nurse at all times; (2) that Fresh Start would provide Christopher with extensive drug and addiction counseling; (3) that Fresh Start staff are properly trained to care for and treat persons with addiction,” the complaint says.

Penn also claimed that Narconon had a success rate of between 70 and 80 percent.

Keller paid $33,000 up front, but once her son got to the facility, he realized that he was not being supervised by medical personnel as promised, and he witnessed drug and sexual activity going on at the center.