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State shuts down Narconon drug rehab after Ch. 2 investigation exposed alleged fraud

Narconon of Georgia announced it will close its doors and cease operating as part of an agreement to avoid criminal prosecution. Attorneys for the embattled program had been fighting state revocation of the facility's license, and were scheduled for a hearing next week. Today they withdrew that appeal.  "I'm happy. ...

Insurer moves to drop Narconon of Georgia for fraud

A local drug rehab facility that's been the subject of a year-long Channel 2 Action News investigation is facing new trouble. Narconon of Georgia's own insurance company is now trying to drop its coverage, accusing the program of fraud. In a federal court filing, the Illinois-based Evanston Insurance Company says ...

Class action lawsuit calls Narconon rehab a fraud

A local drug rehabilitation facility that's been the subject of a series of Channel 2 Action News investigations is facing new legal trouble. Five families filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday, calling the entire Narconon of Georgia program a fraud. "The main thing is to stop them from preying on ...

Narconon warrants show millions in alleged fraud

A Channel 2 Action News investigation uncovered allegations of insurance fraud at a local drug rehab. Now, our story about one patient has grown to include four dozen families and millions of dollars.             Search warrants used to raid Narconon's Norcross headquarters last month outline what investigators found since Channel ...

Families say rehab clinic opened credit cards without permission

Local families desperate to save a loved one from drug addiction thought they had found the answer. But now several families tell Channel 2 Action News their enrollment at Narconon of Georgia came with a shocking price: thousands of dollars billed to credit cards they never opened. "I said 'What ...

Investigators raid Narconon of Georgia

A Norcross drug rehab center that's been the subject of a series of Channel 2 Action News investigations was raided by law enforcement Friday. "Police search warrant, police search warrant!" yelled investigators with the Georgia Insurance Commissioner's Fraud Unit and the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office as they executed search ...

Patrick W. Desmond – “Ricko” to his friends and family.

Rehab center settles with patient’s family after death

A local drug rehab facility facing numerous complaints has now settled out of court with the family of a man who died while enrolled there. Narconon of Georgia has been the subject of several Channel 2 investigations. The center was scheduled for a civil trial Monday over the death of ...

Criminal case opened against Narconon rehab

A Channel 2 Action News investigation found a local drug rehab program lying to families and investigators, and now, new claims could be criminal.             "It shatters everyone and it touches everyone," Mary Morton said of her teenage daughter Emily's addiction.             She told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer that Narconon ...

State taking steps to shut down Narconon of Georgia

Channel 2 Action News has confirmed Georgia's Department of Community Health is taking steps to shut down a local drug treatment program after a Channel 2 investigation exposed Narconon of Georgia for lying about its license. Narconon of Georgia is only licensed for outpatient drug treatment, but state inspectors now ...

DeKalb judge sanctions Narconon of Georgia

The family of a man who died while under the care of a local drug treatment facility won a huge court victory this week. DeKalb County State Court Judge Stacey Hydrick issued sanctions against Narconon of Georgia, finding the program's director lied under oath and hid evidence. "There's really nothing ...

State law could change after Channel 2 Narconon investigation

Channel 2 Action News has already noticed a change to Narconon International’s website since an investigation exposed the organization advertising its Georgia program as a long-term residential facility. Now the wording has been altered and does not indicate which type of facility it is. Explore our joint investigation into Georgia ...

Whistleblower, memo link Georgia Narconon to Scientology

A worldwide drug treatment program that’s denied its affiliation with the Church of Scientology faces new scrutiny now that a whistleblower has come forward. Channel 2 Action News has uncovered documents which tie Narconon of Georgia to the controversial church. Channel 2 investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer obtained records that show ...

State investigates Narconon Georgia after Channel 2 reveals new evidence

A Georgia drug rehab program with ties to the Church of Scientology is now under a state investigation after Channel 2 Action News showed inspectors new evidence. The review comes after Channel 2 investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer spoke with an insider, ready to blow the whistle on lies told to ...

Patrick W. Desmond – “Ricko” to his friends and family.

2 Investigates: Patient death at Georgia Narconon

Patrick Desmond's mother describes him as kind-hearted and good-natured, but the former Marine died at 28-years-old, losing a battle against alcoholism. Desmond's death in 2008 came as he took part in a worldwide drug treatment program, Narconon, already under fire for other patient deaths and ties to the Church of ...

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