Prisoner Madoff: 'F*** My Victims'

Ponzi schemer serving 150-year sentence becomes celeb in prison
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2010 11:50 AM CDT
The Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, NC, where Bernard Madoff is serving his 150-year sentence, on July 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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(Newser) – Bernie Madoff isn't wasting time fretting over the lives he ruined and the fortunes he destroyed. Shortly after he arrived at a federal prison in North Carolina last summer, another inmate was pestering him about the people he had duped, and the Ponzi schemer lost his patience. "Fuck my victims,” he said, according to a New York magazine account based on interviews with two dozen other prisoners. "I carried them for twenty years, and now I’m doing 150 years."

Behind bars, inmate 61727-054 at medium-security "Camp Fluffy" is a celebrity, fielding autograph requests and palling around with a Mafia don and a high-profile spy. He pays another prisoner to do his laundry, and he has a job, even though he's old enough that it's not mandatory. He didn't get the position he initially wanted, though: budget clerk. "Hell, no,” a laughing prison official said. “I do my own budget. I know what he did on the outside."

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