U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain rejected the arguments by lawyers for 62-year-old Annette Bongiorno that her husband should be allowed to post money from his bank accounts to support a bail package.
Federal Judge Laura Taylor Swain noted that Annette Bongiorno concedes she has $2.4 million. Prosecutors say Madoff’s 62-year-old longtime secretary likely has stashed away millions more.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
Picard said his firm is seeking about $69 million in funds deposited by the company’s customers and stolen in the 72-year-old’s vast Ponzi scheme.
The lawsuit alleges 23 counts of financial fraud and misconduct. It seeks to recover at least $2 billion to be distributed to Madoff victims.
Bongiorno and another former Madoff aide were arrested last week on conspiracy, securities fraud and other charges arising from the multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. They could each face decades in prison if convicted.
A half dozen employees have been charged since FBI agents showed up at Madoff’s penthouse apartment in Manhattan on Dec. 11, 2008.
Two longtime back office employees of Bernard Madoff were arrested Thursday on charges that they helped the disgraced financier dupe investors for decades by making fictitious investments.
Federal prosecutors in New York are seeking over $5 million in assets belonging to a former office supervisor for jailed financier Bernard Madoff.