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Benjamin Franklin Cook and Dennel Financial Limited

On March 16, 1999, the SEC obtained temporary restraining orders against Benjamin Franklin Cook and his company, Dennel Finance Ltd. and others in connection with a Ponzi scheme involving the fraudulent offer and sale of nonexistent "prime bank" securities. The Court froze the assets of the defendants and relief defendants. For more information about the SEC's action, you can read several litigation releases: 16089 (March 17, 1999), 16341 (October 25, 1999), 16538 (May 4, 2000), and 16849 (January 2, 2001).

The Court also appointed Lawrence J. Warfield as receiver to collect the assets of the defendants and relief defendants for the benefit of investors. The receiver has so far paid out approximately $13 million to investors.  He anticipates making an interim distribution in the amount of $1.8 million by year end and a smaller final distribution in the second quarter of 2005.  For more information, you can visit the Receiver's website


Modified: 03/12/2001 09/01/2004