U.S. marshals took Naomi Isaacson, 37, into custody under an arrest warrant issued by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher for allegedly failing to comply with a Dec. 8 order to give the business records to a bankruptcy trustee, the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press reported.
Isaacson and fellow attorney Rebekah Nett, who both grew up in a Wisconsin-based religious group led by 71-year-old Avraham Cohen, filed a motion Nov. 25 that accused Dreher and others of being part of a Catholic conspiracy. Among other names, Dreher was called a "Catholic Knight Witch Hunter."
The judge ordered each to explain why they shouldn't be fined as much as $10,000 and face other sanctions.
On Friday, Nett said in a filing the court was infiltrated by Jesuits intent on harming Cohen and his followers. Her 42-page document also accuses Jesuits and Catholics of being responsible for sinking the Titanic, orchestrating the Holocaust and getting the United States involved in Vietnam.
The newspaper said Nett, 36, of St. Paul, declined to comment, saying her remarks had been taken out of context in the past.
The newspaper said Isaacson replied to an initial e-mail seeking an interview with questions of her own, including whether the Pioneer Press is owned by the Catholic Church and whether its reporter molests children.
The two lawyers sparked the judge's ire in the bankruptcy of Yehud-Monosson USA Inc., which owns convenience stores and gas stations, and in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cohen's institute, the Dr. R.C. Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology, often referred to as SIST.
The Pioneer Press said the institute is registered as a tax-exempt organization with a stated purpose of "education."
Cohen was known as Rama Chandra Behera when he came to this country from India in the 1960s. The newspaper said he has about 100 followers who get together on weekends in Shawano, Wis. Detractors of the group describe it as a cult, the newspaper said.