Forex Version Of ‘Mad Men’ Comes To Minnesota: Bo Beckman, Pat Kiley, Gerald Durand Trial Begins This Week; 3 Accused Hucksters Were Associates Of Ponzi Schemer Trevor Cook

If you’re a fan of “Mad Men,” the award-winning AMC television drama now back on the air after a 17-month absence, you’ve seen the cigarettes, the boozing and the debauchery weekly. (Perhaps not only in the show itself, but also in AMC’s promos for the series, a key element of which is the tagline “DEBAUCHERY IS BACK.”)

“Mad Men” is a carefully crafted period piece about the advertising business as it existed at the fictional, New York-based Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce agency on Madison Avenue in the 1960s. The show is utterly believable: The audience can’t wait to see what the gifted and self-absorbed fools running the shop will do next. It’s a safe bet, though, that whatever they do will involve a vice.

Something reminiscent of “Mad Men” is coming to the Minneapolis/St. Paul region this week. Indeed,¬† the real-life Forex fraud trials of Bo Beckman, Pat Kiley and Gerald Durand are scheduled to get under way Thursday. All three men are figures in Trevor Cook’s $194 million Ponzi caper, believed to be the second greatest financial crime in Minnesota history behind the epic, $3.65 billion fraud of Tom Petters.

Cook, an aficionado of life’s dark alleys, pleaded guilty two years ago and was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison. In a sense, the Cook case demonstrates that debauchery still is practiced in American business, though perhaps a bit less naturally than in the decade depicted in “Mad Men.”

We highly recommend this pretrial summary by the Star Tribune, which reports that the government has referenced booze, drugs, strippers and prostitutes in court filings — and a defense lawyer is worried that prosecutors will put on a “stripper-centric” case.


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