The Church of Scientology has lost another case involving its allegedly fraudulent practices in extracting money from followers. A Paris appellate court has upheld the entirety of a fraud conviction and the fine of hundreds of thousands of euros against the Church of Scientology. The ruling comes at a time when current members have joined former members in challenging the practices of the Church.
As part of the prosecution, Alain Rosenberg, the French leader of the Church, was given a two-year suspended jail sentence and fined 30,000 euros on the same charge of fraud. The trial led to a standoff with the Church which raises constitutional objections. When those objections were rejected, the defendants walked out and boycotted the trial.