• Report: #907755
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Narconon Freedom Center

  • Submitted: Fri, July 06, 2012
  • Updated: Sat, July 14, 2012

  • Reported By: Bob — Colorado Springs Colorado United States of America
Narconon Freedom Center
809 W. Erie Street Albion, Michigan United States of America

Narconon Freedom Center I know there r more, but I dont know all the names Breach of Contrat Albion, Michigan

*Consumer Suggestion: Other agencies to notify

*Consumer Suggestion: Names that may help you

*Consumer Comment: not much help but

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Hi...my name is Bob...I live in the beautiful state of Colorado.        

My son was going down the wrong road by abusing drugs and alcohol...he came to us for help which at that time my parents, his grandparents, decided to pay $25,000 to send him to Narconon Freedom Center in Albion, Michigan.

He went there in Dec of 2011

On the morning of the sixth day that he was there, our son called and informed us that he felt that there was something wrong there. So we spent a few hours looking up any information on them and found out that they were a front base facility for scientology, which was not in any of there information on their web sites. So a few hours later my son called us and to our surprise he had  already found out that it was scientology. He informed them on the 6th day that he no longer wanted to remain there. And we agreed. 

On the 7th day his grandparents notified them that they would be expecting a refund according to the contract which states a refund would be given if my sons stay was 7 days or less. They agreed that the contract would be met.

That has been 7 months ago...all of their requirements have be met and all that my parents have received are lies after lies. After several months I contacted my sons counselor Tim who stated that this was rediculous and didnt know why the money had not been sent back yet. He said he would look into it for us. He contacted Valerie in accounting.

Valerie had contacted my father in the past promising that the "check was in the mail" time after time after time...then my wife contacted Valerie and was convinced by her that the "check would be in the mail, which never came. Then I contacted Valerie, she said the funds would be released the following week and of couse no money.

We've tryed to contact the "big boss" Brian, he's unavailable. Sorry for no last names, that seems to be unavailable too.

So what we have here is a rip-off and breach of contract. We feel this is theft and possibly border line criminal, inflicted on  82 yr old grandparents for $25000. Is this how scientology funds their organizations? Looking for help in any way I can.

P.S. Is it true that Tom Cruz and Will Smith r part of this? Maybe we should contact them for the return of the 82 yr old grandparents money. 

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AUTHOR: Narconon=Scientology - (USA)

You should also contact the state agency responsible for regulatory oversight of drug treatment facilities.

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Health Professions
Division of Licensing and Certification
Substance Abuse Licensing Section
P.O. Box 30670, Lansing, MI 48909
Telephone Number:  517-241-1970

and the FBI.
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AUTHOR: ethercat - (USA)

What legitimate drug rehab makes the names of employees unavailable?  Fortunately, there are other ways to find this information.

"Big boss" Brian is Brian Kuehne, Executive Director since 2005. (located on Facebook)
Counselor Tim is Tim Keller (Located on LinkedIn)
Valerie is Valerie Buck Kealoha, Treasury Sup/ Director of Legal Affairs (located on Facebook)

You might ask for advice on getting a refund at the Reaching for the Tipping Point forum, which is an online community focused on Narconon and other scientology front groups.

If you should choose or need to file a lawsuit, the Resident Agent that receives official communications for Narconon Freedom Center is:

Resident Agent: JOHN WALSER
Registered Office Address: 809 W. ERIE ST  BATTLE CREEK   MI  49017
Mailing Address: 809 W. ERIE ST  BATTLE CREEK  MI  49017

I'd also suggest filing a complaint with the State Attorney General for Michigan.
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not much help but

AUTHOR: notagain - ( )

I know this is not much consolation for you but I am glad that you was able to find out about this place and get him out.  I was there at the same time as he and I can tell you that you did the right thing by getting out.  Unfortunately you probably won't see the money again.   But if it makes you feel better there was an older man there that thought he was going to someplace completely different too and left the day he got out of detox, he had paid cash also and new he would never see a dime back.
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