Enrica Cotellessa-Pitz, who worked for Madoff for three decades, is testifying against five former colleagues in exchange for leniency.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Monday that more than 10,000 people whose indirect investments with Bernard Madoff prevented them from eligibility for billions of dollars will get to make claims against a $2.35 billion fund.
The trial against five of Bernard Madoff’s former employees continued Wednesday with testimony from consultants who investigated the firm following Madoff’s arrest.
FBI Agent Theodore Cacioppi said he interviewed Bernard Madoff for about an hour before arresting him. The office was then placed under surveillance so evidence could be removed.
The trial follows the 2008 collapse of Madoff’s private investment business, which cost clients nearly $20 billion. A court-appointed trustee has recovered much of the money by forcing those customers who received big payouts from Madoff to return the funds.
Prosecutor Matthew Schwartz introduced the government’s case Wednesday, saying the defendants “helped perpetuate Madoff’s elaborate fiction.” The Manhattan federal court trial is expected to last five months.
Paul Konigsberg was charged with conspiracy to falsify records, conspiracy to commit fraud, falsifying records of a broker-dealer, falsifying record of an investment adviser and falsifying statements.
The home that belonged to Bernie Madoff’s brother, Peter, is on the market after being seized by the U.S. Marshals Service.
The appeals court said the Securities and Exchange Commission’s actions and “regrettable inaction” are shielded by rules protecting government employees from lawsuits when they carry out a discretionary function or duty.
“What’s next — an Enron left-field pole?” Carton said. “Tyco right-field pole? Could you be stupider?”
The prison-bound brother of convicted Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff attended his granddaughter’s bat mitzvah in a space described as “posh” this weekend, after a judge delayed his lockup date for the occasion.
One month before beginning his 10-year presence sentence, Peter Madoff – the brother of convicted Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff – has sold his posh Park Avenue home, according to a published report.
According to the New York Post, owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz have refinanced $450 million in loans that were borrowed against SportsNet New York, the cable network which airs the vast majority of Mets game throughout the season.
Peter Madoff maintained that he never knew his brother was orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history, but victims speaking out in court Thursday – and even the judge herself — don’t believe him.
When Mets fans across the Tri-State Area awoke to the news that third baseman David Wright agreed a seven-year, $122 million extension, it must have felt like Christmas morning had come weeks early.