Five former members of Bernard L. Madoff’s inner circle told a “staggering” number of lies to prop up their boss’s $17.5 billion Ponzi scheme, a prosecutor said during closing arguments in their criminal trial.
The woman who ran Bernard Madoff’s investment advisory business admitted she didn’t tell federal investigators in 2009 that her duties included backdating trades and turning stocks into bonds with a few pen-strokes.
Bernard Madoff’s earliest investors, including two who reaped billions of dollars from the con man’s Ponzi scheme, allowed him to add backdated losses to their accounts whenever the profit was too high, a former executive on trial for fraud said.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s $543 million settlement with the trustee for Bernard Madoff’s defunct firm was approved by the judge overseeing its liquidation, ending a case in which thousands of investors accused the bank of turning a blind eye to the U.S.’s biggest Ponzi scheme.
The trustee unwinding Bernard Madoff’s fraud has recovered more than $10 billion for victims five years after the biggest Ponzi scheme collapsed, including $543 million yesterday from Madoff’s bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., with seven of eight hedge funds it accused of spreading false rumors out of a lawsuit, may see the $24 billion case shrink again. A judge is poised to rule whether racketeering counts allowing triple damages should be tossed, Bloomberg News’s Thom Weidlich reports.
Six former HSH Nordbank AG executives were charged with breach of trust and accounting crimes over their role in collateralized-debt obligations that led to writedowns of 500 million euros ($647 million) in 2008.
The Madoff Victim Fund controlled by the U.S. Justice Department said it will distribute $2.4 billion in forfeitures from the Jeffry Picower estate “as fast as possible” once all eligible recipients are known.