Madoff Kin Seek Advice on Life Behind Bars

Bernie's relatives look into former inmate's 'Fedtime 101' course
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2009 11:36 AM CDT
Ruth Madoff, second from left, is escorted by private security as she leaves the Metropolitan Correctional Center after visiting her husband, former financier Bernard Madoff, Monday, April 6, 2009 in...   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – Two of Bernie Madoff’s family members have contacted a consultant who teaches a class on life in the slammer, the New York Post reports. Madoff’s niece, a compliance officer at his firm, is “concerned about her safety,” a source told the Post. Shana called a former white-collar prisoner about his “Fedtime 101” course “to learn how to game the system, so you end up in Club Fed, not Leavenworth,” said another source.

“Shana signed a lot of documents, saying they were correct," that source added. "She may have a problem." An unnamed male Madoff relative also contacted Wall Street Prison Consultants “independently,” noted founder Larry Levine, who did 10 years for counterfeiting securities. “I give people a wakeup call." The $850 course also teaches students how to get an early release.