This post is verbatim to the 12.5 news entry at slatkinfraud.com:
Just when we thought the Reed Slatkin story couldn't get any stranger, the folks at slatkininfo.com have raised the bar once again with the production of more documents related to legal proceedings against Tony Hitchman and the Motion for Writ of Attachment against Tony Lonstein, William Hutchins, Peter Henman Laufer and Linda Rosen.
One of the items of evidence used in trustee Todd Neilson's successful motion to attach Hitchman's assets as part of an overall attack on recipients of allegedly fraudulent transfers was .. a declaration by none other that Reed Slatkin [http://www.slatkininfo.com/pdf/ReedHitchmanDEC.pdf]. Slatkin describes Tony Hitchman (profiled here [http://www.slatkinfraud.com/75_final.htm#11], a fellow Scientologist with a "high position" and decades of experience in the Church, as a willing participant who was aware of the Ponzi scheme from its inception.
In the declaration, Slatkin claims that he used Hitchman as an "Ambassador" to procure new "investors" [sic] for the Ponzi, and also says that Hitchman also helped him handle recalcitrant investors seeking to withdraw funds for church or other activities. Slatkin also claims that Hitchman "used his high status in the Church" to "mollify Church officials and convince them not to investigate me" after Slatkin was caught falsifying a successful trading history in an effort to join investment firm Statistical Sciences Inc.
In what is perhaps the most made-for-TV-movie moment of the declaration, Slatkin accused Hitchman and yet another Scientologist, Jack Dirmann [http://www.slatkinfraud.com/dirmann.php] of holding him captive in a room in Hitchman's house in an effort to force him to sign over Earthlink shares to Hitchman, and pay both men.
Dirmann denies the allegations in a declaration of his own [http://www.slatkininfo.com/pdf/HitchWritDirmanDec.pdf], filed in support of those opposing the Writs of Attachment; there is, however, no record of Hitchman's response. Hitchman himself fled to his native homeland of South Africa after the Trustee successfully won a Writ of Attachment against his assets. Coincidally - or not -- at least one other defendent, Tony Lonstein [http://tonylonstein.oursites.org/myself.htm], also hails from South Africa.
There is also reason to believe that Peter Henman Lafeur [http://www.slatkinfraud.com/75_final.htm#23] may have a connection to South Africa as well. This page [http://srjarchives.tripod.com/1998-09/STUDENY.HTM] lists as co-author one Peter Henman Laufer, "founding member of Aviation Lodge No. 8471, E.C., and Past Master of Witwatersrand Lodge No. 3745, E.C., in South Africa." It goes on to state that "he is a member of Lodge Dilo No. 2, Praha, Czech Republic, presently residing in Beverly Hills, California."
Peter Henman Laufer's name appears with that of "Paul Laufer", as well as Slatkin himself, in a 1994 lawsuit against Evergreen Ventures, and a film maker named Paul Laufer of South African descent produced this film [http://www.buyindies.com/listings/2/4/DERE-246.html] about his Czech-born godfather's farm in South Africa.
How many Peter and Paul Laufers, we wonder, can the Slatkin world possibly produce?
Hearings over whether similar motions will be imposed against the other four defendents are expected to begin on December 20.