By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Justice Department has distributed another $568 million to victims of Bernie Madoff‘s Ponzi scheme.

Federal officials say they have now recovered 81% of the money stolen.

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Thirty-one thousand people lost money in Madoff’s financial fraud, one of the biggest in history.

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In 2009, Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison. He died behind bars in April.

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So far, $3.7 billion has been distributed to victims.

CBSNewYork Team