On Tuesday (19th Aug) Mike Rinder published an excellent article on his blog about Greg Capazorio and the issue of IAS Freedom medal winners. For those who don’t know Greg, he is a born & bred South African “boytjie” (his own term for himself). He reached fame through his Criminon activities in South Africa and as a result is now holding the post of ED Criminon Int.
We have some data on the story of Greg and his rise to fame as well as a few other tidbits about Criminon South Africa that are probably not widely known. We felt it opportune to give our readers this data as a follow-up and extension to Mike’s article which can be seen here
Greg Capazorio first appeared on the SCN scene during the 80’s – he and Freddy Pendl had quite the reputation for being the “suave” boys on the block when the two of them arrived at Joburg org to help out with running Anatomy of the Human Mind lectures. They were also partners in a carpet cleaning business which later was taken over solely by Freddy after the two had a falling out.
Enter Criminon South Africa which was established in the early 90’s, with Greg at the helm as President and Helena Wilson (now LaRocco) as the HAS. At a later point other volunteers came on board such as Ian Campbell, Allison Farah, Kevin and Aline Jones and a couple of others.
Initially Criminon did extremely well running the WTH Criminon program on a correspondence-course basis in about 56 prisons around South Africa. There were a number of public Scientologists who were volunteer supervisors responsible for marking assignments. Things were ticking along quite nicely.
At some point it was decided (we don’t know by whom) that instead of running correspondence courses, it would be better to run on-site programs in local prisons. The plan was that an initial intake of inmates would be put through the program and they in turn would become supervisors and get the rest of the prison inmates through the program. This could be done locally only, of course.
From a PR point of view, this proved to be a success with awesome photo-opportunity graduations and pompous ceremonies of inmates proudly holding their certificates. But due to lack of manpower only 3 prisons could be worked on at the same time and this resulted in reaching a fraction of the inmates in comparison to the previously successful correspondence system.
Of course the Church’s propensity for any PR opportunity was not missed, and this is what ultimately led to Greg receiving his IAS Medal in the early 2000’s. Had it not been for the strong delivery and back-up team behind Greg, he would never have achieved what Criminon South Africa did, but he was the one singled out to receive the award. Hence the picture on Mike’s blog where one can see Greg, Helena, Ian and Kevin Jones among the brightly orange-garbed inmates.
Greg was then seconded to Criminon Int, and Helena took over the helm for a while before she also left South Africa after having landed herself an American husband. This now left Kevin Jones in charge of Criminon SA.
At some point in the mid 2000’s, Greg sent Kevin and his wife Aline on mission to Rwanda to get the Criminon program into 9 prisons in that country. This activity was sponsored by an IAS grant.
Kevin and Aline seemingly did extremely well with the Rwanda Criminon program, but not so well at managing the IAS funds (which was only found out much later).
Having successfully gotten Criminon into Rwanda, Kevin was next in line for an IAS medal which he was duly awarded. At some point afterwards however, it was discovered that Kevin and Aline had misappropriated IAS funds and used them for things other than intended/granted (personal inurement).. As a result, Kevin and Aline fell very much out of favour with the IAS and Criminon. Due to the PR flap, this was kept very hush-hush, but this kind of data spreads like wildfire when one is on staff and many people were aware of what had happened.
It is not known whether Greg had any handling as a result of his junior’s activities but one would assume he knew what was going on and we would hope he took his fair share of responsibility for the cycle. Seeing him now being lauded as a celebrity, one wonders if Kevin and Aline were the only ones who took the fall.
In 2011, when Kevin and Aline arrived in Joburg, they were literally penniless and in a very poor state. It was obvious that Kevin, once a lauded IAS medal winner and hero, had fallen from grace. In desperation, Kevin had apparently taken his medal to a pawn-broker and it was then that he found out it wasn’t gold and thus worthless (this data came straight from the DSA JBG Shaleen). Kevin has never worn his medal again.
Kevin and Aline then joined staff in 2011. Aline joined JBG Day as the Deputy PES in charge of the Braamfontein Test Centre, but then later took over as PES JBG Day when her senior (Shelley Ashurst) went on a lengthy medical LOA and never returned to post owing to a chronic debilitating diagnosis.
Aline was bitterly unhappy on staff and had more than her fair share of run-ins with Sandra de Beer. She confided to a couple of people that she couldn’t wait for her contract to end as she would NEVER join staff again. Kevin, who had joined JBG FDN was trying to earn a living during the day to keep him and Aline going, but things were rough for both of them.
Aline has now left staff and is apparently working for Mark Berman. No data on Kevin who on last report was trying to find himself a replacement on FDN staff as his contract has also expired.
And so too, like many others before them, our once erstwhile heroes have fallen from grace while Greg Capazorio maintains his position as President of Criminon Int and as Mike so succinctly put it, is now shilling for the IAS.