Madoff Sons Give Dad the Cold Shoulder

Haven't spoken to him since Ponzi confession
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 3, 2009 10:05 AM CDT
In this image made from video, Bernard Madoff's longtime secretary Eleanor Squillari talks during an interview with the Associated Press, Wednesday, May 6, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/APTN)
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(Newser) – Bernie Madoff’s sons haven’t spoken to their father since he told them about his Ponzi scheme in December, a confession that drove Andrew to tears and Mark to anger. Nor have they spoken to their mother, whom they see as an enabler, David Margolick writes in a Vanity Fair piece about the boys. The brothers get hate calls at home, make dinner reservations under other names, and, in one case, got knocked out by an ex-Madoff employee.

“We all know you stole the money! It's obvious you took it!” said the worker, who said he was owed a $450,000 bonus. “You're a criminal!" But the elder Madoff’s personal secretary says she doesn’t think they took part in the scheme. Regardless, Andrew and Mark, who made as much as $5 million a year, stand to lose their fortune as well.