Scientology in the News: Press Office
On August 1, 1995, Arnie Lerma posted to a USENET newsgroup on the Internet a declaration authored by compulsive liar and convicted criminal Steven Fishman and attachments to the declaration consisting of copyrighted, unpublished Scientology scriptures. Fishman had filed the paper in a case in a Los Angeles court in 1993, to which it had no relevance whatsoever. (These documents have since been sealed in the case.)
Fishman is a convicted criminal who once attempted to cover up his mail fraud crimes by implicating the Church of Scientology. His attempted set-up of the Church was investigated and exposed by the US governments Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Fishman thereafter went to jail in a federal prison.
Lerma reposted Fishmans statement and attachments again the next day, August 2, 1995. He was asked to remove them but he refused.
Religious Technology Center (RTC) filed suit on August 11, 1995 against Lerma and his access provider, Digital Gateway Systems, Inc. (DGS), asking for injunctive relief and damages for copyright infringement and trade secrets misappropriation.
This was followed by a court-ordered seizure of infringing materials from Lerma, including his computer. Lermas computer was reviewed by a neutral computer expert, and several additional infringements of copyrighted Scientology materials were found.