A court in Paris fined the Church of Scientology $900,000 for fraud on Tuesday. Steven Erlanger wrote in today's New York Times that in France the church "says it has some 45,000 adherents, out of some 12 million worldwide. It was the first time here that the church had been tried and convicted, as opposed to individual members.

He further explained, "The case was brought by two former members who said they were pushed into paying large sums of money in the 1990s, pressed to sign up for expensive “purification courses” and harassed to buy a variety of vitamins and other forms of pharmaceuticals, plus electronic tests to measure spiritual progress. One woman said she had been pressured into spending more than $30,000. The major fines were rendered against the Scientology Celebrity Center in Paris and a Scientology bookstore. Six group leaders were convicted of fraud, with four given suspended sentences of 10 months to two years. One of them, the group’s leader in France, Alain Rosenberg, was given a two-year suspended sentence and fined $44,700."

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