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January 28, 2013

Couple Sues Church of Scientology Over Use of Donations

A California couple that spent 28 years in the Church of Scientology has filed a lawsuit accusing the organization of deceiving members about how their contributions to the church were used, says the Associated Press.

Luis and Maria Garcia, of Irvine, claim that most of the more than $420,000 they gave for building projects, disaster relief, and other causes was used instead to benefit the church and its leader, David Miscavige.

A lawyer for the couple said they still believe in Scientology's tenets but left the church in 2010 over objections to its direction under Mr. Miscavige, whom the suit accuses of turning Scientology "into a secular enterprise whose primary purpose is taking people's money."

A Scientology spokeswoman said that "all funds solicited [by the church] are used for the charitable and religious purposes for which they were donated."