NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York financier Bernard Madoff’s former right-hand man summed up his boss’ arrest exactly five years ago with two words: “Madoff Implodes.”
The words were in Frank DiPascali’s diary entry for Dec. 11, 2008. The diary was shown to jurors Wednesday on the five-year anniversary of Madoff’s fall. The jurors are hearing evidence in the trial of five of Madoff’s former employees.
Madoff was arrested for running a massive Ponzi scheme on the day after the company Christmas party.
DiPascali says Madoff called him that morning to say the FBI was in the Manhattan office of Madoff’s brother Peter. DiPascali says he asked Madoff “why are you calling me?” and threw the phone across the room.
He testified that he went to the office shaking. He said he had known this moment was coming. One of his last acts, DiPascali testified, was to make up a lie to get defendant Annette Bongiorno to write out checks to all the employees who’d invested with Madoff.
DiPascali testified that he recalled seeing Ruth Madoff come in to the office. Instead of cheerfully handing out gifts, Mrs. Madoff looked catatonic, DiPascali told the jury.
DiPascali later pleaded guilty and cooperated with the government. He said he faces 125 years in prison if he does not tell the truth.
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