Even less clear is why Madoff carried out the scheme at all. I didn't need to do this for that," he told Fishman, adding, "I don't know why. Madoff repeatedly suggested to Fishman that he was not entirely to blame for the fraud. I thought it would be a very short period of time, but I just couldn't. Madoff's relationships with these men go back to the s and s, and his scheme netted them hundreds of millions of dollars each.
He has indicated that the Big Four and others—a number of feeder funds pumped client funds to him, some all but outsourcing their management of clients' assets—must have suspected the returns he produced or at least should have. Madoff's apparently ultra-high returns persuaded clients to look the other way. When clients wished to redeem their investments, Madoff funded the payouts with new capital, which he attracted through a reputation for unbelievable returns and grooming his victims by earning their trust.
Madoff also cultivated an image of exclusivity, often initially turning clients away. This model allowed roughly half of Madoff's investors to cash out at a profit. These investors have been required to pay into a victims' fund to compensate defrauded investors who lost money. Madoff created a front of respectability and generosity, wooing investors through his charitable work. He also defrauded a number of nonprofits, and some had their funds nearly wiped out, including the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Peace and the global women's charity Hadassah.
He used his friendship with J. Madoff's plausibility to investors was based on several factors:. The SEC had been investigating Madoff and his securities firm on and off since —a fact that frustrated many after he was finally prosecuted, since it was felt that the biggest damage could have been prevented if the initial investigations had been rigorous enough.
Financial analyst Harry Markopolos was one of the earliest whistleblowers. In , he calculated in the space of an afternoon that Madoff had to be lying. He filed his first SEC complaint against Madoff in , but the regulator ignored him. In this case, there is no SEC reward payment due to the whistle-blower so basically I'm turning this case in because it's the right thing to do. Many felt that Madoff's worst damage could have been prevented if the SEC had been more rigorous in its initial investigations.
Using what he called a "Mosaic Method," Markopolos noted a number of irregularities. The bottom line, concluded by Markopolos, was that "the investors that pony up the money don't know that BM [Bernie Madoff] is managing their money. It was not until —shortly after Madoff nearly went belly-up due to a wave of redemptions—that the regulator asked Madoff for documentation on his trading accounts.
He made up a six-page list, the SEC drafted letters to two of the firms listed but didn't send them, and that was that. The SEC was excoriated in following the revelation of Madoff's fraud and their slow response to act on it. In November , Bernard L. As the selling continued, Madoff became unable to keep up with a cascade of client redemption requests and, on Dec. Madoff has insisted he acted alone, though several of his colleagues were sent to prison.
His elder son Mark Madoff committed suicide exactly two years after his father's fraud was exposed. Several of Madoff's investors also killed themselves. Andy Madoff died of cancer in His three homes and yacht were auctioned off by the U. On February 5th, , Madoff's lawyers requested that Madoff be released early from prison claiming that he is suffering from a terminal kidney disease that may kill him within 18 months. Madoff is ten years into his year sentence.
The paper trail of victims' claims displays the complexity and sheer size of Madoff's betrayal of investors. According to documents, Madoff's scam ran more than five decades, beginning in the s. While Madoff pleaded guilty in and will spend the rest of his life in prison, thousands of investors lost their life savings, and multiple tales detail the harrowing sense of loss victims endured.
Investors victimized by Madoff have been helped by Irving Picard, a New York lawyer overseeing the liquidation of Madoff's firm in bankruptcy court. Richard Breeden, a former SEC chairman who is overseeing the fund, noted that thousands of the claims were from "indirect investors"—meaning people who put money into funds that Madoff had invested in during his scheme. Since they were not direct victims, Breeden and his team had to sift through thousands and thousands of claims, only to reject many of them.
Breeden said he based most of his decisions on one simple rule: Did the person in question put more money into Madoff's funds than they took out? Breeden estimated that the number of "feeder" investors was north of 11, individuals. Cohn had shares of Madoff Holdings Ltd. Cohn held 35, non-voting shares, some of which he transferred to "BL Madoff" in , and the rest that he "disposed of" in He did work for the London office when it was first opened.
Clients were often directed to Mr. Konigsberg by Mr. Madoff and his family. Konigsberg prepared the tax returns of foundations of six other families, many of which have lost millions, even hundreds of millions, of dollars. He also represented scores of individual Madoff investors. Konigsberg's firm has received a civil subpoena from the SEC. Jaffe, under investigation, is a Madoff business partner. Konigsberg held Madoff accounts under his name including two in the name of the Westlake Foundation.
Paul J. In June , Konigsberg pleaded guilty in connection to the Madoff case and will consequently face up to 30 years in prison. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain agreed with prosecutors that Konigsberg did not know about Madoff's scheme and had cooperated fully with investigators.
Swain ruled that Konigsberg had earned lenience from federal sentencing guidelines and did not have to serve any time in prison. Evidence is being gathered by investigators on a U. Levy is believed to have helped Paul Konigsberg funnel checks to London. And investigators in New York say there were billions of dollars' worth of checks going back and forth between Madoff and Levy. Ruth and Bernie Madoff had an intimate relationship with Levy and his wife, Betty.
Madoff was long known to have been Levy's "fixer," obtaining everything from choice restaurant reservations to emergency medical care. It was Levy who introduced high-profile investors to Madoff. JEH helped the less fortunate, especially ex-convicts. Following the death of his wife, Levy's girlfriend, model Carmen Dell'Orefice , an investor, said Levy was Madoff's "father figure". When Levy died in at the age of 93, Madoff extolled him as a man whose friendship he had cherished and who had "taught me so much.
The bankruptcy is designed to block U. Investors who filed an involuntary personal bankruptcy petition against Madoff want his business's U. The associated adversary proceeding was also moved to the Southern District of New York as Akers et al. Since at least , Bernard L.
The firm consisted of two principals, David G. Friehling and Jerome Horowitz, and a part-time secretary. Horowitz was semi-retired; Friehling was the sole active practitioner. Well before the Madoff scandal broke, several observers doubted that a tiny firm with only one active accountant could competently audit a firm that had grown into a multibillion-dollar operation.
He only got an office when Madoff told him that some investors were asking questions about the audits. It later emerged that officials at Fairfield Greenwich Group , operator of the largest Madoff feeder fund , had been aware as early as that Friehling was the firm's sole employee. Friehling was charged on March 18, , with securities fraud , aiding and abetting investment adviser fraud, and four counts of filing false audit reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Friehling waived indictment and pleaded not guilty to criminal charges on July 10, He agreed to proceed without having the evidence in the criminal case against him reviewed by a grand jury at a hearing before U. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan. Although required, Friehling was not registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board , which was created under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of to help detect fraud.
Nor was the firm "peer reviewed," in which auditors check out one another for quality control. According to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants AICPA , Friehling was enrolled in their peer-review program, but was not required to participate because he advised the group that he had not conducted audits for 15 years. Friehling pleaded guilty in November He admitted to simply rubber-stamping Madoff's filings with the SEC; rather than perform actual audits, he signed blank SEC forms before Madoff and others filled them in.
He also revealed that he continued to audit Madoff even though he had invested a substantial amount of money with him; accountants aren't allowed to audit broker-dealers with whom they're investing. Friehling faced a maximum sentence of years in prison, but unlike Madoff has agreed to cooperate with the government. Calling himself a victim of Madoff, he faced a possible sentence of 20 years. In May , U. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain sentenced Friehling to one year of home detention and one year of supervised release.
Friehling avoided prison because he cooperated extensively with federal prosecutors and because he had been unaware of the extent of Madoff's crimes. Addressing the court at the hearing, Friehling apologized to Madoff's victims. Referring to Madoff's reported statement that he was a "dumb auditor," Friehling said: "I would rather be regarded as dumb than crooked. I did not question what I should have questioned.
Swain said that she did not believe Friehling's nonfeasance took place "in a vacuum," and felt the forfeiture was necessary to hold the defendants to account even though it will likely never be repaid in full. Peter B. Madoff, chief compliance officer, worked with his brother Bernie for more than 40 years, and ran the daily operations for the past 20 years.
Peter Madoff helped create the computerized trading system used by the firm and his daughter, Shana Madoff Swanson , worked for him at the firm as a rules and compliance officer and attorney. Peter also co-signed Bernie's bail bond. According to court documents, Peter did not agree to cooperate in the investigation. Peter also owns between 5 percent and 10 percent of, and is a director of, Cohmad Securities Corp. On April 13, , Judge Arthur Hiller in Bridgeport, Connecticut , dissolved the temporary order he imposed March 30 freezing his assets.
His attorney is H. James Pickerstein. Members of the Madoff family, including Madoff, own holding companies that own Primex LLC, which holds intellectual property licensed to the Nasdaq stock market. The patents are used for electronic trading.
On June 29, , Peter pleaded guilty in Federal court to a variety of charges and agreed to a year prison term. Peter Madoff sometimes signed many weeks of compliance reports in one sitting, intentionally changing pens and ink colors to make it appear he had signed them at various times, according to prosecutors.
A forfeiture order requires Peter to surrender all of his assets to the government, including cash, homes, cars and a Rolex watch. A settlement reached with his family requires the forfeiture of assets held by his wife, Marion, his daughter, Shana Madoff Swanson, and other family members. On December 20, , he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his involvement in the Ponzi scheme. His scheduled release date was August 13, Not until December 10, , did she apply for " homestead " status, shielding their home from creditors.
Her initial application was rejected because there was no proof it was her primary residence, which protects homeowners who have obtained the exemption from seizure. On April 13, , Judge Arthur Hiller in Bridgeport, Connecticut , dissolved the temporary order he imposed March 30 freezing her assets, because they were already frozen by the federal government.
She did not attend her husband's sentencing. The money was not protected from civil legal actions pursued by a court-appointed trustee liquidating Madoff's assets or by investor lawsuits, however. Madoff, ap, U. She has been named in several civil actions. Ruth has not been charged with any crime, and has not been questioned by prosecutors.
On March 2, , U. Ruth Madoff says these assets are "unrelated" to the alleged fraud, Stanton wrote without ruling on her claim. Wilpon owns the New York Mets baseball team, a sports cable network and extensive real estate holdings. Picard charged that "red flags" were ignored, and there was no due diligence. He claimed that the Mets owners "were simply in too deep — having substantially supported their businesses with Madoff money — to do anything but ignore the gathering clouds.
But Saul Katz is not one of them. Neither is Fred Wilpon. And neither are the rest of the partners at Sterling Equities who, along with Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, are sophisticated investors who oversee and control Sterling and its many businesses and investments. Madoff's sons Mark , 45, and Andrew , 42 worked in the trading arm in the New York office, but also raised money marketing the Madoff funds.
Until their deaths, the two had been estranged from their father since December 10, , when he revealed that he was running a Ponzi scheme. They had not spoken with their mother either, only communicating with her through lawyers. They were given loans by the New York office to buy their shares. Interest on the loans was paid by dividends made by the London operation.
Andrew had several million dollars invested with his father at the time the fraud was revealed. Other family members with shares in the London business were Bernard's wife, Ruth, and brother, Peter. He remarried Stephanie in in Nantucket. Prosecutors intend to seize promissory notes given to the Madoffs by Andrew and Mark from to October On April 13, , Judge Arthur Hiller in Bridgeport, Connecticut, dissolved the temporary order he imposed March 30 freezing their assets.
Peter Madoff and daughter, Shana, are also defendants. On December 11, , on the second anniversary of his father's arrest, Mark Madoff was found dead in his New York City apartment from an apparent suicide. It was later ruled suicide by hanging by a New York City medical examiner. The directors included the deceased Mark Madoff and the critically ill Andrew Madoff, being treated for mantle cell lymphoma in Seattle at the time of the verdict.
He was Jeffry Picower was an industrialist and philanthropist who seemed to be a favored Madoff beneficiary, and made outlandish profits from his investments with Madoff. Some evidence of backdating trades, instituted by Picower, was presented by trustee Irving Picard. Frank DiPascali , 52, who referred to himself as "director of options trading" and as " chief financial officer " at Madoff Securities, pleaded guilty on August 11, , to 10 counts:  conspiracy , securities fraud , investment advisor fraud , mail fraud , wire fraud , perjury , income tax evasion , international money laundering , falsifying books and records of a broker-dealer and an investment advisor.
In his allocution to the Court, he admitted that he had known for at least two decades that Madoff was a fraud; he claimed to have learned in the late s or early s that no actual trading was occurring in Madoff's investment-advisory client accounts.
About , he set up an account for himself at the firm named after his fishing yacht, Dorothy Jo. He agreed in a plea agreement and the signed Information document   to connect the dots and to name names, with sentencing originally anticipated in May The same day, a U. Securities and Exchange Commission civil complaint  was filed against DiPascali. A college dropout, he joined Madoff's firm in at age 18 and eventually oversaw the day-to-day operations of Madoff's investment-advisory business.
Madoff told investors DiPascali executed trades. However, a court-appointed trustee found that no trading had occurred for at least 13 years. DiPascali's brother-in-law, about his role in the firm. DiPascali's name was sometimes given as an alternate contact. In December , at a court hearing, he gave detailed information how Madoff was meticulous in the management of the fraud. On May 7, , while still awaiting sentencing, DiPascali died of lung cancer. Enrica Cotellessa-Pitz, was a controller at Bernard L.
In five backroom employees pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit securities fraud. On October 2, they maintained their innocence to further charges including bank fraud and tax offenses. Annette Bongiorno was a long-time personal secretary and aide to Madoff.
Bongiorno joined Madoff Investment Securities in , soon after graduating high school; only Madoff's wife Ruth and brother Peter were at the firm longer. She is accused of directing two assistants, Semone Anderson and Winnie Jackson, to generate fictitious trading tickets for customer accounts. Their money was held in accounts called "RuAnn" named after Annette and her husband Rudy. Madoff paid for her honeymoon airfare. She faced up to 75 years in jail. Bongiorno was convicted in March on charges of securities fraud and tax evasion.
In December , Bongiorno was sentenced to six years in federal prison. The sentence was far shorter than even the eight- to ten-year sentence recommended by her own lawyer. However, federal judge Laura Taylor Swain believed Bongiorno's "small stature"—she is only 4. Daniel Bonventre worked as company director of operations and as an accountant for Madoff since the s.
He was arrested in and charged with allegedly having created false and fraudulent books and records, conspiracy, securities fraud, and tax-related charges. He is also being sued by the SEC for falsifying records. On those initial charges he may be sentenced to a maximum of 77 years in prison if convicted. In Dec Bonventre's request for access to his seized funds for legal defense purposes was turned down by U.
District Court. In March a three-judge appeals court granted a hearing in a lower court on his seized funds access request. Joann Crupi is a former investment advisor to Madoff. Her trial was to open on Oct 7, George Perez is a former computer programmer of Madoff. His trial was to open on Oct 7, Jerome O'Hara is a former computer programmer of Madoff.
The firm compiled profits, losses, and gains, and prepared tax-summary statements and schedules to be used by a client's regular accountant for income tax returns, producing one-page monthly statements and a quarterly statement. Fairfield Greenwich Group , based in Greenwich, Connecticut , had a "Fairfield Sentry" fund which was one of many feeder funds that gave investors portals to Madoff.
Madoff began advertising openly, contrary to his initial strategy of handpicking investors. Chase had become "concerned about lack of transparency," and due-diligence which had "raised doubts" about Madoff's operation. On April 1, , the Commonwealth of Massachusetts filed a civil action charging Fairfield Greenwich with fraud, breaching its fiduciary duty to clients by failing to provide promised due diligence on its investments.
The complaint seeks a fine and restitution to Massachusetts investors for losses and disgorgement of performance fees paid to Fairfield by those investors. It alleges that in Mr. Madoff coached Fairfield staff about ways to answer questions from SEC attorneys who were looking into Harry Markopolos ' complaint about Madoff's operations.
On May 18, , the hedge fund was sued by bankruptcy trustee, Irving Picard. The lawsuit alleges breach of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment. It is "the largest victim of the fraud perpetrated by Bernard L. The defendants include founders Walter Noel and Jeffrey Tucker and other fund partners who the plaintiffs allege "failed to fulfill their contractual obligations to use best efforts to supervise the operations" of Madoff-related investments and to "oversee the day-to-day investment activities of the fund.
Ezra Merkin , a prominent investment advisor and philanthropist, has been sued for his role in running a "feeder fund" for Madoff. He promised he would actively manage the money, but instead, he misguided investors about his Madoff investments in quarterly reports, in investor presentations, and in conversations with investors. In reality, Merkin was but a master marketer.
Cuomo's office is seeking restitution and unspecified damages from Mr. As of May 18, , Merkin's control of Ascot, Gabriel and Ariel hedge funds are to be placed into receivership for liquidation by Guidepost Partners. Cohmad Securities , whose name combines "Cohn" and "Madoff," founded in by Madoff and Cohn, Madoff's friend and former neighbor. The brokerage firm lists its address as Madoff's firm's address in New York City. Cohmad employs Robert Jaffe , as vice president.
Shapiro , the founder and former chairman of apparel company Kay Windsor Inc. Madoff paid Jaffe directly through accounts he kept with Madoff at much higher returns than earned by other investors. Richard Spring, of Boca Raton, Florida , received payments from Cohmad for many years in exchange for bringing investors and investment ideas to Madoff.
Alvin J. Delaire has been sued by Dr. Martin and Suzanne Schulman of Nassau County , New York, claiming they were induced by Delaire to make investments with Madoff "based on fraudulent misrepresentations by Delaire and his omissions to disclose material facts. The case is Martin Schulman, M. Delaire, Jr. Cohmad had fewer than client accounts, and made On January 14, , William F. Galvin , Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts , who is in charge of the state's securities issues, filed suit against Jaffe, who promoted Madoff's funds to wealthy investors in Massachusetts and Florida.
On February 11, , Galvin filed a complaint  seeking to revoke the Massachusetts license of Cohmad Securities Corp. Kohn and the Bank are under investigation. On May 8, , the Commonwealth of Massachusetts found the firm to be in "default" for not assisting regulators. Cohmad's securities registration has been revoked, and they must provide an accounting of all fees the company or its agents earned for referring Massachusetts investors to Mr.
On March 15, , Federal prosecutors filed a notice in federal court declaring its intent to seek the forfeiture of the Madoffs' interests in Cohmad Securities. Bankruptcy Court in New York. The lawsuit claims that up to 90 percent of Cohmad's income came from referring clients and that the firm had a "symbiotic" relationship with Madoff, having earned hundreds of millions of dollars from the fraud. On June 22, , the U. The lawsuit alleges the company was Madoff's "in-house marketing arm" and critical to Madoff's scam.
Cohmad representatives were paid for funds they brought into the firm but not for any increase in the investments' value. The cases are Picard v. Cohmad Securities Corp. Cohmad, cv, U. Stanley Chais was a wealthy investment advisor from Beverly Hills, California , who was accused of steering money to private interests, including Madoff, through Chais's Brighton Co.
He took about 3. He had a home in Beverly Hills, and an apartment in New York. Chais , According to the complaint, Chais told Madoff he didn't want to see any losses on the funds' trades. Chais died on September 26, at age 84, in Manhattan , where he and his wife had moved to further the treatment of a blood disorder that eventually took his life. Tremont Group Holdings , a division of MassMutual ,  started its first Madoff-only fund in The town of Fairfield , Conn. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Some investors of Tremont had a net gains and could have been subject to clawbacks from the bankruptcy attorney if Tremont was forced into insolvency and the bankruptcy attorney could then examine the books of Tremont to see the actual investors' net Madoff gains.
Lawsuits filed have been consolidated into three categories: federal security laws, insurance actions, and state law actions. They are: Lange, et al. Mutual Life Ins. Tremont Group Holdings, Inc. Tremont Group Holdings, et al. Tremont Market Neutral Fund, L. The plaintiffs are all investors in hedge funds with assets that they entrusted to Madoff for investment.
Four state law cases have been consolidated with Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro as co-lead counsel. The Maxam fund in turn invested in Madoff through Tremont. Sandra L.
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The net winners argued they should have been covered by the Securities Investor Protection Corp. The courts agreed, completing what Kent called a "triple tsunami. The Kents, like many investors, managed to avoid a clawback by proving to the court that they did not have the money to return — a process Ilene Kent called "humiliating.
More importantly, she said the court decisions set a bad precedent for future frauds. But SIPC considers the Madoff liquidation a success story, still featured prominently on the organization's website. Greenberg said she sympathizes with the net winners — which include her daughters. But she believes Picard's formula was the only fair way to handle the situation. Greenberg — who said she never expected to get any money back — is now donating her recoveries to fund the Joyce Z and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago , her alma mater.
While Greenberg's and Kent's experiences are different, both agree the Madoff fraud offers some important lessons. There were commodities stocks. Madoff's stature in the industry — including a stint as nonexecutive chairman of Nasdaq — made it difficult for even the most sophisticated investors to detect his fraud.
But knowing that the investment community is skeptical and unafraid to ask questions could help stop the next Madoff in his tracks. Hear more from Madoff's victims, investigators, and Madoff himself in an exclusive "American Greed" podcast series — "Madoff: Ten Years Later" — available now on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen. Sign up for free newsletters and get more CNBC delivered to your inbox.
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It is unclear exactly how much investors deposited into the firm. The year-old financier paused, then said: "There is no innocent explanation. Apart from 'Bernard L. Madoff' and 'Bernard L. Up to that point, Madoff was thought to be cooperating with prosecutors. On March 10, , the U. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed an count criminal information, or complaint,  charging Madoff  with 11 federal crimes: securities fraud , investment adviser fraud, mail fraud , wire fraud , three counts of money laundering , false statements, perjury , making false filings with the SEC, and theft from an employee benefit plan.
Madoff pleaded guilty to three counts of money laundering. Madoff gave the appearance that he was trading in Europe for his clients. On March 12, , Madoff appeared in court in a plea proceeding, and pleaded guilty to all charges. The charges carried a maximum sentence of years in prison, as well as mandatory restitution and fines up to twice the gross gain or loss derived from the offenses.
He accepted a lifetime ban from the securities industry, and also agreed to pay an undisclosed fine. In his pleading allocution , Madoff admitted to running a Ponzi scheme and expressed regret for his "criminal acts". He wished to satisfy his clients' expectations of high returns he had promised, even though it was during an economic recession. He admitted that he hadn't invested any of his clients' money since the inception of his scheme.
Instead, he merely deposited the money into his business account at Chase Manhattan Bank. He admitted to false trading activities masked by foreign transfers and false SEC returns. When clients requested account withdrawals, he paid them from the Chase account, claiming the profits were the result of his own unique "split-strike conversion strategy". He said he had every intention of terminating the scheme, but it proved "difficult, and ultimately impossible" to extricate himself.
He eventually reconciled himself to being exposed as a fraud. Only two of at least 25 victims who had requested to be heard at the hearing spoke in open court against accepting Madoff's plea of guilt. Judge Denny Chin accepted his guilty plea and remanded him to incarceration at the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Center until sentencing.
Chin said that Madoff was now a substantial flight risk given his age, wealth, and the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison. Madoff's attorney, Ira Sorkin , filed an appeal , to return him back to his "penthouse arrest", await sentencing, and to reinstate his bail conditions, declaring he would be more amenable to cooperate with the government's investigation,  and prosecutors filed a notice in opposition. Prosecutors recommended a prison sentence of years, the maximum possible under federal sentencing guidelines.
They informed Chin that Irving Picard , the trustee overseeing bankruptcy proceedings for the Madoff organization, had indicated that "Mr. Madoff has not provided meaningful cooperation or assistance. The judge granted Madoff permission to wear his personal clothing at sentencing.
On June 29, Judge Chin sentenced Madoff to years in prison, as recommended by the prosecution. Chin said he had not received any mitigating letters from friends or family testifying to Madoff's good deeds, saying that "the absence of such support is telling. Chin called the fraud "unprecedented" and "staggering", and stated that the sentence would deter others from committing similar frauds.
He stated, "Here the message must be sent that Mr. Madoff's crimes were extraordinarily evil. Chin said "I have a sense Mr. Madoff has not done all that he could do or told all that he knows," noting that Madoff failed to identify accomplices, making it more difficult for prosecutors to build cases against others.
A former federal prosecutor suggested Madoff would have had the possibility of a sentence with parole if he fully cooperated with investigators, but Madoff's silence implied that there were other accomplices in the fraud, which led the judge to impose the maximum sentence. Madoff apologized to his victims at the sentencing, saying, "I have left a legacy of shame, as some of my victims have pointed out, to my family and my grandchildren.
This is something I will live in for the rest of my life. I'm sorry I know that doesn't help you. His inmate number is On July 28, , he gave his first jailhouse interview to Joseph Cotchett and Nancy Fineman, attorneys from San Francisco, because they threatened to sue his wife, Ruth, on behalf of several investors who lost fortunes. Madoff provided a confidential list of his and his firm's assets to the SEC on December 31, , which was subsequently disclosed on March 13, , in a court filing.
Madoff had no IRAs , no k , no Keogh plan , no other pension plan , and no annuities. No offshore or Swiss bank accounts were listed. Ruth Madoff and Peter Madoff invested as "passive limited partners" in real estate funds sponsored by the company, as well as other venture investments. On March 2, , Judge Louis Stanton modified an existing freeze order to surrender assets Madoff owned: his securities firm, real estate, artwork, and entertainment tickets, and granted a request by prosecutors that the existing freeze remain in place for the Manhattan apartment, and vacation homes in Montauk, New York , and Palm Beach, Florida.
He also agreed to surrender his interest in Primex Holdings LLC, a joint venture between Madoff Securities and several large brokerages, designed to replicate the auction process on the New York Stock Exchange. Andres Piedrahita's assets continued to remain temporarily frozen because he was never served with the complaint.
The SEC believed keeping the assets secret would prevent them from being seized by foreign regulators and foreign creditors. The Montreal Gazette reported on January 12, , that there were unrecovered Madoff assets in Canada. Breeden was retained to serve as Special Master on behalf of the Department of Justice to administer the process of compensating the victims through the Madoff Victim Fund.
On February 4, , the U. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan released a page client list with at least 13, different accounts, but without listing the amounts invested. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, according to a Bloomberg News tally, which may have included double counting of investors in feeder funds. According to The Wall Street Journal  the investors with the largest potential losses, including feeder funds, were:.
Some investors amended their initial estimates of losses to include only their original investment, since the profits Madoff reported were most likely fraudulent. Although foundations are exempt from federal income taxes , they are subject to an excise tax , for failing to vet Madoff's proposed investments properly, to heed red flags, or to diversify prudently. The directors' assets were frozen. Clients primarily located in South America who invested with Madoff through the Spanish bank Grupo Santander , filed a class action against Santander in Miami.
District Court in Manhattan. UBP was the first bank to settle the Madoff trustee's claim. Kohn and the bank were under investigation, but she was not accused of criminal wrongdoing. Jeanne Levy-Church's losses forced her to shut down both her foundation and that of her parents, the Betty and Norman F. JEH helped the less fortunate, especially ex-convicts. Silverman for "effectively aiding and abetting" Madoff's fraud. The bank denied any wrongdoing. It was listed as the 71st-largest in the nation by the Council on Foundations.
Jeffry Picower was a friend of Bernard Madoff for 30 years. The Picower Foundation, along with other smaller charities that invested with Madoff, announced in December that they would be closing. In June , Madoff's brother Peter was "expected to appear in Federal District Court in Manhattan and admit to, among other things, falsifying records, making false statements to securities regulators and obstructing the work of the Internal Revenue Service.
His left wrist was slit, and de la Villehuchet had taken sleeping pills , in what appeared to be a suicide. On February 10, , highly decorated British soldier William Foxton, OBE,  65, shot himself in a park in Southampton, England , having lost all of his family's savings.
Madoff's elder son, Mark Madoff, was found dead on December 11, , two years to the day after he turned his father in. He was found hanged with a dog leash inside his New York apartment in an apparent suicide, but authorities said he left no suicide note. Mark had unsuccessfully sought a Wall Street trading job after the scandal broke, and it was reported that he was distraught over the possibility of criminal charges, as federal prosecutors were making criminal tax-fraud probes.
Among the many Madoff family members being sued by the court-appointed trustee Irving Picard were Mark's two young children. In his lawsuit, Picard stated that Mark and other Madoff family members improperly earned tens of millions of dollars, through "fictitious and backdated transactions", and falsely documented loans to buy real estate that weren't repaid. Picard also argued that Mark was in a position to recognize the fraud of his father's firm, as Mark was a co-director of trading, was the designated head of the firm in his father's absence, and held several securities licenses—Series 7, 24 and 55 with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
However, he worked in a division of Madoff's company distinct from the one involved with Madoff's fraud, which has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Following the exposure of the Madoff investment scandal, the SEC's inspector general conducted an internal investigation into the agency's failures to uncover the scheme despite a series of red flags and tips. In September , the SEC released a page report on how the SEC missed these red flags, and identified repeated opportunities for SEC examiners to find the fraud and revealed how ineffective their efforts were.
This resolved any potential criminal case against the bank arising from the Madoff scandal. JPMorgan entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors to resolve two felony charges of violating the Bank Secrecy Act. The bank admitted to failing to file a " Suspicious Activity Report " after red flags about Madoff were raised, which, prosecutors alleged, did not have adequate anti- money laundering compliance procedures in place.
Analysts suspected that these parties remained silent because their investments were from illegal activities such as drug dealing or tax evasion, or because they had civil liabilities in the United States and did not wish to subject themselves to the jurisdiction of the U.
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