Cmdr. Cook on the USS Pargo.

The multimillion-dollar fraud scheme that victimized retired U.S. Navy Commander Larry W. Cook began on Oct. 6, 2020 and ended April 20, 2021, the day before his death. In just six months, the highly decorated nuclear submarine commander and a member of Navy Federal Credit Union since the 1970s sent 75 ­international wire transfers totaling $3,608,700 to unknown persons at two banks in Thailand.

Infuriated over how her 76-year-old uncle was exploited by scammers, Janine Satterfield of Tacoma, Wash., who is the administrator of his estate, sued Navy Federal and Wells Fargo for negligence. In May, U.S. District Court Judge Claude M. Hilton in Alexandria, Va., threw out her lawsuit after Navy Federal and Wells Fargo filed motions to dismiss the case, which has attracted national media attention.

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