C.O. B. U. Ordered to Stop Taking in Teenagers
From the New York Times, June 9, 1985.
The Church of Bible Understanding was ordered by New York State Supreme Court Justice Jawn A. Sandifer on June 5 to stop taking teenagers into its residences or transporting them out of the city. The order followed a raid on the group's residences in Manhattan and Brooklyn by investigators for the State Attorney General's office.
The investigators found teenagers living in filthy conditions. Harry Weinbaum, the supervisor of the residence, was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and operating an unlicensed residential care center. In May 1984, the group had signed a legal stipulation in which they agreed to stop operating an unlicensed home for minors.
At a hearing on June 7, justice Michael J. Dontzin extended the order until June 19 and directed the group to correct fire code violations and remove flammable chemicals used in carpet cleaning. David M. Fishlow, deputy press secretary for the Attorney General's office, said that it appeared that the children were employed at a wage of $10 per week by the sect-owned Christian Brothers Cleaners Company, which operates out of the residences. Fishlow said that many of the children were runaways, recruited at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and other locations. A pamphlet tacked to the door of the Manhattan residence urged its readers to "let us help you find your destination back to
The Church of Bible Understanding, formerly known as the Forever Family, was founded in the 1970s by Canadian-born Stuart Traill, a former vacuum-cleaner salesman who lives in Princeton, NJ.
Cult Observer, Vol. 2, No. 7, 1985, p.8