The Church of Scientology planned to smear Cazares. Cazares questioned the church’s motives, its purchases of downtown property using fictitious names, and the way its security guards carried Billy clubs and mace. At the Church of Scientology, federal investigators found internal memos outlining plans by church leaders to control public opinion in Clearwater, concoct a sex smear campaign against Cazares and infiltrate the local media and other institutions called the “Mayor Cazares Handling Project” and “Speedy Gonzalez.” These Scientology documents also revealed that church members had staged a phony hit-and-run accident with Cazares in an attempt to discredit him.Cazares and his wife sued the Church of Scientology for $1.5 million. The church settled with Cazares in 1986.
Source: Gabe Cazares – Wikipedia