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Jeffrey Augustine, the founder and editor of, is an investigative journalist and California-based licensed private investigator. Mr. Augustine is best known for his blog The Scientology Money Project and specializes in investigating white collar crimes, money laundering, and organizational corruption in both religion and business.

Jeffrey Augustine has spent the last 16 years researching, investigating, and reporting on crimes and related stories ranging from financial fraud to cults and everything in between. In 2014, Mr. Augustine uncovered $1.5 billion in Scientology money buried in obscure IRS 990 forms. This was the first-time evidence had been discovered which exposed some of the ways Scientology hides their assets.

Most recently, Mr. Augustine reported on a $1.8 billion dollar Ponzi scheme involving GPD Capital Holdings of New York City. He discovered that Russian mob money helped fund GPB Capital during its start-up period. GPB Capital is owned by Scientologist David Gentile, who was arrested by the FBI in February 2021.

Mr. Augustine has appeared on Leah Remini’s Emmy award winning show Scientology and the Aftermath (Season 2, Episode 9) and has been quoted by the Daily Mail, Fortune, Forbes, Money, and other mainstream media. Mr. Augustine is often asked to consult on matters of litigation and participates frequently in podcasts due to his vast knowledge and expertise on related topics.

“In the course of my journalistic and investigative work, I’ve run across all kinds of shady characters. Some of the worst include corrupt police officers and private investigators, who hide behind their shields and licenses, abuse their positions of authority, and take advantage of helpless victims. The public has the right to know who these bad actors are, and I felt the time was right to launch” said Mr. Augustine. is a publication of CrimeBeat News.


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