A wealthy musician lost $20 million over six years to scammers who persuaded him of threats against him coming out of Central America, the conservative Catholic movement Opus Dei and the CIA, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Vikram Bedi’s co-defendant, Helga Invarsdottir, pleaded guilty last year to grand larceny and is awaiting sentencing. [Read more...]
A French woman has lost her “enslavement” court case against two followers of Opus Dei and an association closely linked to the powerful conservative Catholic group. [Read more...]
Two members of the secretive Roman Catholic society Opus Dei
were due in a Paris court Thursday accused of subjecting a disciple to years of abuse.
Catherine Tissier says she was forced to work 14-hour days and brainwashed, resulting in charges of “undignified punishment” and illegal employment. [Read more...]
A noted music composer and oil-family heir was fleeced out of as much as $20 million
over a six-year period by a Westchester computer repairman and his girlfriend, authorities said Monday.
The saga began in August 2004 when Roger Davidson, 58 years old, a pianist and jazz composer who once won a Latin Grammy, took his computer to Datalink Computer Services in Mount Kisco, saying the machine had been infested with a virus.
The owners of the company, Vickram Bedi, 36, and his girlfriend, Helga Invarsdottir, 39, became aware of Mr. Davidson’s high profile and allegedly proceeded to convince him that he was the target of an assassination plot
ordered by Polish priests affiliated with Opus Dei
, a conservative Roman Catholic organization, authorities said. [Read more...]
British film-maker Roland Joffe is to recreate the life and miracles of Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer, the Spanish priest who founded Opus Dei
, one of the most influential and secretive organisations within the Catholic Church.
The film seems set to stir up more controversy, following in the wake of several screen hits tapping into public fascination with tales of Opus-inspired crimes and conspiracies, which have set Vatican chasubles aflap. [Read more...]
An Opus Dei defector tells of threats and humiliation she suffered during 13 years in the secret sect. [Read more...]
The controversial religious sect, Opus Dei has accused the BBC of portraying its members as murderers, thieves and adulterers in a furious row over a popular fictional drama. [Read more...]