Benjamin Franklin Cook is/was a Scientologist who was indicted by a grand jury just over a year ago for running a ponzi scheme in Arizona. He is in jail currently, awaiting trial.

Scientology wound up forking over 1.8 million dollars in the case, so far.

You can read more about the Benjamin Franklin Cook case here :
http://www.raids.org/gen00403.htm (site only works in IE)
http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/hot-new/pressrel/1999/0317-02.htm
http://www.gamblingmagazine.com/articles/42/42-63.htm

Of special interest however is this site: http://www.dennelfinancial.com - It was set up by Lawrence J. Warfield, CPA, the Receiver in the Benjamin Franklin Cook case. There are relevant documents on this site that should be brought to the attention of the authorities in the Slatkin affair.

The similarties in the two cases are striking - both were Scientologists, criminally deceiving and bilking investors. Both were donating money to the Church of Scientology. This is an ideal precedent for the investors in the Slatkin case. The church should either open up its books, or settle.

The following paragraph from the Dennel Financial site should prove especially relevant:

Page 6, Point 10

" During the reporting period, the Receiver settled a significant portion of the Receiver’s claims against the Church of Scientology to recover contributions made by Defendant Cook and his wife Teri Cook. After the entities that comprise the Church of Scientology had refused to comply with a written demand for turnover of Investor Funds that they had received, the Receivership Court authorized the Receiver to file suit against these entities to recover Petition For Approval Of The Sixth Report And Accounting Of The Receiver - Page 7 6TH REPORT Dennel Investor Funds. In December, 2000, the Church of Scientology Religious Trust (“CSRT”) contacted the attorneys for the Receiver and indicated that rather than file an Answer to the Receiver’s lawsuit, the CSRT was prepared to return all of the monies it had received from Benjamin Franklin Cook and Teri Cook. As a result, in the last week of December, 2000, the CSRT issued a cashier’s check to the Receiver in the amount of $1,215,000, and the Receiver dismissed CSRT from the Receiver’s lawsuit. The Receiver is continuing pursuit of its lawsuit against other entities affiliated with the Church of Scientology- that received Dennel investor funds. The Receiver’s attorneys are in discussions with attorneys for these affiliated entities in an attempt to settle the remaining claims of the Receiver. "


From
http://www.dennelfinancial.com/pdfdocs/sixth_accounting.pdf (warning: PDF file - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read this; download here if you need) - text version of the above PDF can be found Here.

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