Paid prayers didn’t help Ponzi scheme

The Times-Tribune - - NATION & WORLD -

An in­vest­ment ad­viser charged with or­ches­trat­ing a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar Ponzi scheme spent nearly three-quar­ters of a mil­lion dol­lars on prayers by Hindu priests in In­dia to ward off a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion and save her fail­ing busi­ness, ac­cord­ing to tes­ti­mony at her trial this week.

Us­ing in­vestors’ money, Dawn Ben­nett paid a man in Wash­ing­ton state $720,000 from 2015 to 2017 to ar­range for the priests to per­form re­li­gious cer­e­monies meant to ease her trou­bles, said a Jus­tice De­part­ment pros­e­cu­tor. Ben­nett was charged with fraud in a 17-count in­dict­ment.

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