Two long-running dramas in the futures industry came to an end in July when former Refco CEO Phillip R. Bennett was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the fraud that resulted in the bankruptcy of the giant commodity brokerage firm in October of 2005. Bennett was facing 130 years in prison for his role in the series of round trip loans used to hide $430 million in losses. He pleaded guilty to all counts and is helping prosecutors locate assets on behalf of Refco creditors. Meanwhile, in upstate New York, Sam Israel III went on the lam rather than begin serving a 20-year sentence for his role in the Bayou hedge fund frauds. Three weeks after he faked suicide, Israel turned himself in to officers in Massachusetts. "It was interesting how differently the two matters were handled," muses David A. Kettel, a partner at the law firm of Venable LLP and a former assistant U.S. attorney. The government set a very high bond for Bennett, including his Park Avenue penthouse, a
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