THE LAS VEGAS GROUP
Five Scientology defectors started new lives together in Las Vegas.
MARK FISHER, 51
Joined Scientology: at 14, in 1973 in Washington, D.C. Joined Sea Org in 1976.
Left Sea Org: September 1990
Career highlights: Statistics analyst, trained evaluators. Became corporate liaison to Miscavige, supervising his household, carrying out special assignments.
Now: Divorced his wife, a Sea Org member, after he left. A loan officer, lives in Las Vegas.
On Lubow: "He was hustling, trying to get loans like the rest of us. ... Before I knew it, he moved into the same apartment complex as us.''
FERNANDO GAMBOA, 54
He joined the church in his early 20s and worked for the Sea Org as a drummer and as a sound engineer. He is a private investor.
TERRI GILLHAM GAMBOA, 54
A Realtor for Realty One in Las Vegas, specializing in horse properties. She and her sister Janis and brother Peter moved to England in the early 1960s and played with L. Ron Hubbard's children at his estate in Sussex.
JANIS GILLHAM GRADY, 53
Owner of Home Savings Mortgage, formerly City Mortgage, in Las Vegas. She grew up in Scientology. Her parents were among the first Scientology adherents in Australia in the mid-1950s.
PAUL GRADY, 53
Based in Las Vegas, he is CEO of Fossil Energy, headquartered in Denver. He joined the Sea Org in his early 20s in Columbus, Ohio. He directed the team that bought the ship Freewinds.
INFILTRATION AND BETRAYAL
They were coworkers and friends. The question was, who were they really working for?
He joined the City Mortgage staff in the spring of 1991 and stayed until early 1995, becoming good friends with many of the former Scientology staffers there. He partied and went camping with them. After he left for home in California, he returned frequently to Vegas to visit with his friends and brought along his wife and children.
Hired as a loan officer in 1996, Khan became fast friends with fellow loan officer Mark Fisher. Khan worked at City Mortgage for just two years, but stayed in almost daily contact with Fisher until recently. The two traveled often together in the United States, Mexico and Thailand.
Fisher about Khan: "I can't think of anybody that was a closer friend. He was like a brother to me. You don't know who to trust anymore. ... It makes it hard for me to know who I should trust.''