11 Oak Street



11 Oak Street is the true story of how the Queen’s bankers, Coutts & Co, sent two cashier’s cheques to the law firm of Urie Walsh in San Francisco with the wrong address on the envelope (11 Oak Street instead of 1111 Oak Street), setting off a chain of events that led to the abduction of a three-year-old child from Bristol, England, to San Francisco, California.It is a horrifying story of greed, ineptness, corruption, stupidity and wasted years as the father tries to seek justice and access to his son in the midst of a thirteen-year nightmare that even Kafka could not have thought up. If you want to read about the seven California lawyers involved in this story who either went to jail, were disbarred, or resigned with charges pending, and inept judges who broke all the rules or were disciplined, this is the book for you. This is a story that would never have happened if those concerned had fulfilled their duties correctly and not broken the law. If Graham Cook, the author, had known then what he knows now, there would have been no story and he would not have gone bankrupt, become homeless or, through the actions of his own brother, ended up in a California jail. This is the book the California Judges Association refused to let the author promote to its members, since it reveals in detail the judicial abuse by some of their past and present members whose conduct will shock and disgust any right-minded person.

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About the Author

Graham Cook grew up as one of six children from an humble background in a dysfunctional family with a dark secret which would affect him all his life. He left school at fifteen and undertook an apprenticeship as a Heating & Ventilation Engineer. Aged twenty-three he started and sold one successful large company after another to companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, each of which, based on the principles of ethics and quality that are his hallmark, made him a very wealthy man at a very early age. However, after accumulating such wealth, he made the worst decision of his life in pandering to the “snob” value of wanting and obtaining an account with the very exclusive Coutts & Co bank, whose mistake despite their esteemed name, led to the chain of events which changed Graham Cook’s life forever, and ended in the abduction of his son and financial ruin. After living in California for years, he returned to the UK penniless and needing to start a business career all over again; he is now the founder and owner of a successful company, building it up from nothing.

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