Scientology spying on Amy Scobee and Mat Pesch: Cameras pointed in their home
Alanna Warren is back with even more details about what it was like to work as a private investigator for Scientology in Florida around the year 2010. Previously, she told us some details about her task of following Mike Rinder and Christie Collbran and the people who came to their house.
But before that, she was assigned to keep a close watch on former Scientology Sea Org officials Amy Scobee and Mat Pesch. We asked her for some details on that, and we got a response from Amy herself.
When I first started working we were following Mat and Amy. We stayed in the Ebb Tide Resort off Bay Esplanade, in Clearwater Beach. Our motel room had a direct view of the backside of Mat and Amy’s apartment. We could see right through their balcony sliding door with the video camera. It was set up looking through the kitchen window of our room. There was a computer monitor connected to it displaying the feed from the video camera. It was also hooked up to a DVR system so that everything recorded could be saved and sent to the Church of Scientology.
Either I or the other intern would stay in the motel room while Dwayne Powell, Terry Roffler, and the other one of us would be positioned in our rental vehicles waiting for them to leave. We weren’t allowed to park our rental cars at the motel. We had to park down the street. So once Amy and Mat left for the day we had to quickly grab our gear and run down the street to get in our vehicle to join the others in mobile surveillance.
Even though we did this, the case was considered “overt.” The church (or as I was told, the “corporate client”) wanted them to know they were being followed.
Dwayne said the plan was to run them out of town. He tried to accomplish this by ruining their business. Mat and Amy ran a thrift furniture business out of a warehouse. Dwayne would go on Craigslist and buy as many things as he could before Mat could and then sell them himself. He had me keep records of all the stuff he bought and relisted, some of it on Craigslist. When Mat did sell something, one person would stay back and watch Amy at the warehouse while the others followed Mat to the delivery.
At that time I was still in school. Sometimes I would drive down there, work 10 to 12 hours, and then have to drive back home in the middle of the night because I had class the next day.
In the beginning of the case Dwayne actually had me stay in the apartment below Mat and Amy. He wanted to know if it was possible to hear them talking. I wasn’t able to hear anything though so I went back to staying at the Ebb Tide.
Even though this case was overt, we still switched out our rental cars often. When we got a new rental car we’d have to meet up with Dwayne down the street from the Avis outlet we were using. He had do-it-yourself window tint and he personally tinted all the windows on the rental cars.
— Alanna Warren
And from Amy Scobee: Thank you for this additional information. All of the tax-exempt money that Scientology has spent trying to intimidate and keep us silent has been a complete and utter failure. And they have never chased us out of any town, including Clearwater – where we celebrated Mother’s Day with Mat’s family. Again, we are happy that Alanna has come forward to shed light on the underbelly of Scientology’s “Fair Game” tactics against those standing up to this criminal cult. We will never run from Scientology and will not stop exposing their destructive policies, practices, and abuse of people’s human rights, until it is brought to an end.
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