Company “infiltrated” by Scientology in Yvelines: four people will be judged

Company “infiltrated” by Scientology in Yvelines: four people will be judged
Company “infiltrated” by Scientology in Yvelines: four people will be judged

The facts date back more than ten years. The Versailles public prosecutor’s office requested, at the beginning of April, the referral of four people to the criminal court in the Arcadia case, this company in Voisins-le-Bretonneux (Yvelines) which would have been “infiltrated” by Scientologists, according to former employees. The four men – the boss, a consultant and two auditors who were indicted in 2022 – will be tried for moral harassment and bankruptcy, according to the prosecution’s indictment. All four were then members of the Church of Scientology.

In 2014, a dozen employees of this attic conversion company decided to file a complaint, accusing management of having been “infiltrated”. An operation aimed at “looting” Arcadia’s accounts, according to them. The alleged facts, which the defendants deny, date back to the period 2013-2015.

Interviewed by Le Parisien in 2022, former employees spoke of the sudden change in management at that time, when the CEO, himself who became a Scientologist after the death of his daughter in 2000, opened the door to the three other individuals. . “The company was doing well. They arrived and everything collapsed, one of them decried. The boss, completely obsessed with Scientology, let it happen. I also don’t forget what they did to try to lobotomize us. »

Among the techniques implemented were training courses popular with Scientologists, during which employees could be introduced to “bull bullying.” A technique which consists of insulting a colleague to the point of exhaustion.

The company ceased payments at the end of June 2014. A preliminary investigation was opened shortly after. In August 2015, the Versailles public prosecutor’s office entrusted the case to two investigating judges, after feedback from the assistance and intervention unit for sectarian aberrations (Caimades).

The CEO could also be a victim in this affair. In any case, this is what his lawyer, Me Marc Bensimhon, assures AFP. According to the latter, the auditors “gradually took possession of the company to the detriment” of the boss. Hoping then to be able to buy it back at a good price. Above all, according to the council, he did not commit “any reprehensible act of moral harassment”.

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