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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING ON at 3PM
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UPDATE: Starts at 4pm EST because something big is still ongoing !
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Major developments in the case of Scientology-based Narconon of Georgia. Tune into News-Talk WSB at 4pm #scientology #narconon
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Law enforcement search going on at Narconon of Georgia in Norcross. 
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 4/26/2013 Police arrived with a search warrant today @ the NarCONon of Georgia facility. It appears insurance fraud was the reason. A truck loads worth of documents were seized. More to follow on this breaking story.

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Gosh, Mary's so excited she didn't post anything!

Edit: Now she's got it!
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Whoo-hoo!!!

Gwinnett Police and State insurance regulators raid Narconon with search warrants! Can arrests be far behind? Bet on it, friends! ||||o||||

'til later;
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Posted: 3:53 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013
Narconon under investigation again

Read and do comment on the article from here, too:
http://www.wsbradio.com/news/news/crime-law/narconon-under-investigation-again/nXYyY/
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Here's more: http://alley.ethercat.com/storage/Narconon/Search-at-Narconon-of-Georgia-2.mp3

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The Scientology-linked drug rehabilitation program known as Narconon of Georgia is again in trouble with the law. This time, agents from the Georgia Insurance Commissioner's office and Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter are looking for evidence of insurance fraud.

Armed with a search warrant, a half-dozen agents, accompanied by two Gwinnett County Police officers, searched the Narconon offices in Norcross Friday, questioning employees as they showed up for work and hauling away more than a dozen computers and boxes full of documents.
 
"We have credible information that indicates that insurance fraud is taking place with Narconon," said Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.

Much of that information was supplied by the family of 19-year old Emily Morton of Rome, who said Narconon tried to bill United Health Care $166,000 for her treatment after they were told they had paid the bill in full - $15,000 cash.
 
"They were billing for doctor visits - one amount was for $58,000.00. And she never even saw the doctor," Morton said.

The doctor visits were billed under two names: Dr. Casey Locarnini at the Dunwoody Urgent Care Clinic and Dr. Lisa Robbins at the Robbins Health Care Alliance in Stone Mountain.

When asked about billings for treatment of Emily Morton, Dawn Warner, an employee of Robbins Health Care Alliance, emailed the following statement:

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have NEVER authorized Narcanon or anyone ssociated with Narcanon to bill ANY insurance under Dr. Robbins. We have NOT seen any of Narcanon's students in several years. Since this does not effect the privacy of our patients, I can tell you we never seen a patient named Emily Morton. If they indeed did bill under Dr. Robbins this is insurance fraud. I would like to find out how many times they have done this sort of thing. I simply can not believe that Narcanon would have the gaul to try something like this again. Thank you for your assistance.
 
Similarly, News-Talk WSB received a statement from Douglas Chalmers, Jr., an attorney who represents Dr. Locarnini:

A number of weeks ago, Dr. Locarnini provided notice that he was terminating his contract with Narconon.  This past week, he retained our law firm to fully investigate the billing issues that have been brought to his attention..  For a variety of reasons, including protecting the privacy and confidentiality of his patients, he is not able to comment further at this time.
 
Hudgens said both Warner and Locarnini were cooperating with his office.
 
"From talking to some of the physicians," Hudgens told WSB's Pete Combs, "they have not performed the services that have been billed for."
 
> Georgia law states that only a person, not a corporation, can be charged with insurance fraud. Investigators hauling away computers and documents said they were looking for who might have been responsible for any false billings to insurance companies. Not only will they analyze the documents for that information, but they will also analyze the computers themselves.
 
"Each individual normally has passwords. So if we can tie down the password to the person, then we will be able to determine who it was that submitted the claims," said Insurance Commission Fraud Unit Lead Investigator Sherry Mowell.
 
THE LATEST IN A STRING OF ISSUES FACING NARCONON
 
Friday's raid was the latest in a series of legal challenges confronting Narconon, which critics have claimed is controlled by the Church of Scientology. In February, Narconon of Georgia and its parent company, Narconon International, settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit in the death of patient Patrick Desmond in 2008. That investigation led to the initiation of licensure revocation proceedings by the Georgia Department of Community Health.
 
Narconon's flagship facility, Arrowhead in southeastern Oklahoma, is embroiled in several lawsuits over the deaths of four patients. In all, Narconon facilities nationwide face approximately 20 lawsuits.

An attorney for former Narconon of Georgia Executive Director Mary Reiser said he was withholding comment on Friday's raid until he could get a look at the search warrant. 

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Companywitness posted this in another thread:
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/investigators-raid-narconon-georgia/nXYzJ/

More pictures here: http://www.wsbtv.com/gallery/news/local/state-agents-raid-norcross-narconon-location/g9LF/#3351551



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Channel 2 investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer was there Friday as investigators hauled away nearly two dozen computer hard drives and laptops. There were so many boxes of financial paperwork that authorities rented a U-Haul van to remove them from the Norcross facility.

I'm hoping we'll be treated to a report on the 5 or 6 pm news with video.   ;D
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What a beautiful sight those pictures are. Story coming up on WSB news!
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Jodie Fleischer writes:
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Friday’s raid involved the state Insurance Commissioner’s fraud investigators and the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office. 

State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said his investigators already have credible information that insurance fraud is taking place at Narconon of Georgia and will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

“It appears everything is intact, but we will not know that until we go through each and every document,” said Sherry Mowell, director of the insurance commissioner’s fraud unit.

Authorities said they are reviewing evidence to determine whether to take the case to a grand jury.

“We are actively and vigorously pursuing an investigation. The insurance case basically involves services that were not provided and also services that were supposedly authorized by doctors who did not authorize them,” Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/investigators-raid-narconon-georgia/nXYzJ/
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What a beautiful sight those pictures are. Story coming up on WSB news!

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More articles:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Posted: 4:31 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013
Search warrants executed at Narconon drug rehab clinic
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/search-warrants-executed-at-narconon-drug-rehab-cl/nXYzn/

RAID ON SCIENTOLOGY’S DRUG REHAB CENTER IN ATLANTA
http://tonyortega.org/2013/04/26/raid-on-scientologys-drug-rehab-center-in-atlanta/
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 Just watched the WSB TV segment. I now can haz happy timez!

http://www.wsbradio.com/news/news/crime-law/narconon-under-investigation-again/nXYyY/

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An attorney for former Narconon of Georgia Executive Director Mary Reiser said he was withholding comment on Friday’s raid until he could get a look at the search warrant.

 Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.
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I hope that the DA's office is able to examine more than just the insurance fraud stuff.  They seized all of their files and computers and are going to find a LOT more than they bargained for.  Detailed reports to OSA, ABLE Int and NN Int on things, evidence of staff and student illegal activities (drug use and sexual impropriety), plots against people, other forms of fraud and SO much more. 

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I hope that the DA's office is able to examine more than just the insurance fraud stuff.  They seized all of their files and computers and are going to find a LOT more than they bargained for.  Detailed reports to OSA, ABLE Int and NN Int on things, evidence of staff and student illegal activities (drug use and sexual impropriety), plots against people, other forms of fraud and SO much more.
A treasure trove of bad stuff.  I'm not surprised.
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