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1st Person Accounts

Stories of abuse, deception and fraud in Scientology

photo of Barbara and Bill Zizic
Doctors Barbara and Bill Zizic, Chicago, 2000

Page created May 10, 2001


These two dentists from the Chicago area were defrauded by WISE and demanded a refund from the Church of Scientology. Expecting trouble in their attempt to get their money back from Scientology, the Zizic's called on LMT Media's producer, Mark Bunker, to fly to Chicago to do a video interview with them and also to document the refund process - including negotiation meetings with Scientology officials.

Needless to say, Scientology heavily objected to the presence of Mr. Bunker during refund negotiations with the Zizics: While standing on a public sidewalk filming the Zizics as they entered the Church of Scientology of Chicago building, two uniformed, off-duty police officers hired by Scientology began to harass Mark and eventually arrested him on bogus criminal trespassing charges. A costly and time-consuming lawsuit against Mark ensued based on trumped-up charges of criminal trespassing - complete with several affidavits written by "eye-witnesses" who are known to work for Scientology's Office of Special Affairs. Mark was inevitably acquitted of all charges in that lawsuit.

Mysteriously, the video tape which contained the original interview with the Zizics as well as the bogus trespassing incident disappeared from Mark's camera after it was confiscated by those off duty police officers working for Scientology. However, Mark did do another video interview with the Zizics before leaving Chicago - and they talk about their experiences in Scientology as well as the bogus arrest of our producer in that video.

Before the trial began, the Zizics settled their claim with Scientology but as a condition to receiving that refund, were forced to sign a "gag order" which in essence meant that they could no longer speak publicly about Scientology in derogatory terms. However, they were called as witnesses at Mark Bunker's trial and, in a court of law were able to speak the truth about what had happened to them and also made it clear to the jury that Scientology orchestrated Mark's arrest to keep him from recording the outrageous story of fraud the Zizics had to tell. 

Learn more about the Zizics:

Video interview in Chicago after Mark Bunker's bogus arrest (before the Zizics settled with Scientology).

Read the portion of the Chicago trial transcripts containing the Zizics' testimony here.

You can also learn more about Mark Bunker's trial here.