Man Pleads Guilty To Fraud In Scientology Case
BOSTON (AP) _ A man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to pass a $2 million counterfeit check drawn on an account of L. Ron Hubbard, the late founder of the Church of Scientology.
Ala Tamimi, 34, entered guilty pleas to fraud charges Monday in U.S. District Court. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 15.
Tamimi, a native of the United Arab Emirates, also admitted to bilking two West German businessmen and a Massachusetts gas station owner out of $900,000 in so-called finder’s fees. He had promised to obtain large loans for them from Middle East sources.
Before his extradition to Boston from West German last August, Tamimi spent three years in jails in Italy and West Germany on other fraud charges.