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Ruth Madoff to Bernie: 'What's a Ponzi Scheme?'

Ruth, Andrew open up to '60 Minutes'

(Newser) - Almost three years ago, Bernie Madoff turned to his wife and said, “I have a confession to make: I’ve been running a Ponzi scheme,” Ruth Madoff recalled on 60 Minutes last night. Son Andrew remembers his mother’s response: “What’s a Ponzi scheme?” Once she... More »

New Book Depicts Madoffs' Scary Dysfunction

Imperial Bernie created misery all around him

(Newser) - A new book about Bernie Madoff's family is hitting bookstores tomorrow and depicting a miserable, greedy, vain clan of epic proportions. Here are highlights from the New York Post 's rundown of Truth and Consequences, by Laurie Sandell with cooperation from Ruth Madoff and her son Andrew:
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Bernie and I Attempted Suicide: Ruth Madoff

She says she and Bernie tried to kill themselves after story broke

(Newser) - Ruth Madoff makes a jarring admission to 60 Minutes, saying she and husband Bernie attempted suicide with pills after his Ponzi scheme unraveled, reports CBS News . "I don't know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening,"... More »

Ruth Madoff Dumping Bernie

She finally cuts it off after 52 years to reconcile with surviving son

(Newser) - After 52 years of marriage, Bernard Madoff's wife is finally calling it quits. Ruth Madoff, 70, hasn't seen her 73-year-old hubby for more than 8 months, reports the Daily Mail. She's cutting ties with Madoff in an effort to reconcile with her remaining son, Andrew, and her... More »

Ruth Madoff Turned Away From Son's Memorial

It was apparently her punishment for choosing Bernie over boys

(Newser) - Ruth Madoff mourned alone after her son Mark committed suicide , sources tell People. She flew from Florida to Connecticut for the memorial service, but was turned away by Mark’s wife, the New York Post reports. A friend says Ruth’s sons wanted her to choose between them and disgraced... More »

Lawsuit Accuses Marshals of Dirty Madoff Loot Sale

Victims of white-collar criminals deprived of millions

(Newser) - The head of a US Marshals Service unit sold off millions in assets forfeited from white-collar criminals—including some seized from Bernie Madoff’s family—at a deep discount to his “business contacts,” swindling crime victims out of a pile of money, according to a whistle-blower lawsuit from... More »

Ruth Madoff Blames Bernie for Son Mark's Suicide

Family thinks Bernie may not 'survive this'

(Newser) - In Ruth Madoff's eyes, the death of son Mark is all husband Bernie's fault. "Her wrath is aimed at her husband," a Madoff biographer tells the New York Post , citing family friends. He adds that Ruth is "totally disgusted with" Bernie and "thinks this is the... More »

Madoff Auction Makes $2M

Bernie's used boxers: The perfect holiday gift!

(Newser) - If ever you had a desire to buy a pair of Bernie Madoff’s cuticle scissors … you missed your chance. More of the Ponzi schemer’s stuff , including, yes, cuticle scissors, was auctioned off yesterday. The sale grossed more than $2 million—quite a bit more than the $1.... More »

Trustee Wants $30M More From Madoffs

Irving Picard sues, again, for money

(Newser) - The court-appointed trustee seeking to recover billions of dollars lost by Bernie Madoff is suing for $30 million that he says the Madoff family invested in oil, gas, and tech, reports the AP . The suit filed by trustee Irving Picard says the investments were used as vehicles to funnel money... More »

Madoff Has $9B Secret Stash: Fellow Inmate

Former partner knows where it is, may cut deal

(Newser) - Bernie Madoff has a secret stash, and his partner in crime knows where it is. The Ponzi schemer has told fellow federal prisoners he funneled $9 billion to three people—“I think it was personal friends,” the source tells the New York Post —and he suspects Frank... More »

Madoff's Stuff Up for Sale

Feds hope to score $500K off jailed fraudster's possessions

(Newser) - Anybody who wants a piece of Bernie Madoff will be able to choose from hundreds of the shamed Ponzi kingpin's possessions at an auction this weekend. Items on the block will include jewelry, furs, and, for the brave buyer, a New York Mets jacket with "Madoff" emblazoned on the... More »

Madoff Lover Still Talking About Tiny Penis

Oh, and forget about her being in the clear—Weinstein says she 'had to know'

(Newser) - Sheryl Weinstein is still expounding on Bernie Madoff’s “not very large” penis, most recently to Cindy Adams of the New York Post. “It was narrow,” she says. “Tiny in terms of girth, not length.” Still, he somehow convinced scores of women to sleep with... More »

Ruth Madoff Knew Nothing: Mistress

Weinstein says Bernie was afraid divorce would reveal scheme

(Newser) - Ruth Madoff was probably thrilled to hear another woman talk about sleeping with her husband this morning. Alleged Madoff mistress Sheryl Weinstein told Good Morning America that the financier was terrified Ruth would find out about their affair, because “divorces or something like that leads to books being opened…... More »

Madoff Liked Them Gorgeous, Blond, and Young

Secretaries were paid off to be discreet

(Newser) - Bernie Madoff practically had his own harem, and former mistresses were often paid off—to the tune of $250,000 in one case—to keep quiet, the New York Post reports in a look at the latest Madoff book. “He started having affairs all over the place,” one... More »

Ruth Madoff to Bare All Expenditures Over $100

(Newser) - Ruth Madoff won't be able to spend $100 without scrutiny under a deal approved by a bankruptcy judge overseeing the liquidation of her husband's financial firm, the Wall Street Journal reports. Madoff agreed to give a full accounting of her income and any spending over $100 to a court-appointed trustee... More »

Trustee Sues Ruth Madoff for $44M

Bankruptcy trustee says fraudster's wife received more than she'll admit to

(Newser) - The trustee in the Bernie Madoff case sued the swindler's wife today to demand the return of $44 million to bilked investors, Newsday reports. The complaint doesn't allege criminal activity by Ruth Madoff but says she directly received funds from her husband’s multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme. Ruth Madoff gave up... More »

Madoff: I Can't Believe They Didn't Catch Me

Gives first prison interview, and he's looking a little buff

(Newser) - Prison life appears to be agreeing with Bernie Madoff. A lawyer who represents victims met with Madoff today and said he appears fit. "He looked pretty good and seems to be working out," said attorney Joseph Cotchett. "He looked a lot better than he has in some... More »

Madoff's 'Prison Hell' Not So Hellish

But he is in the doghouse with Ruth

(Newser) - The New York Post got a little excited on today's front page, promising a look "Inside Madoff’s Prison Hell." But that turns out to be a bit of wishful thinking: “Some of the guys were talking about smacking him around a little, just to get the... More »

Why Ruth Is Our Punching Bag

She's the top target for Madoff attacks—thanks in part to gender, bad PR

(Newser) - Ruth Madoff “has become the primary punching bag for the media and the victims” of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, “maligned more than any other Wall Street criminal’s wife in memory,” Sheelah Kolhatkar writes in New York—but are the attacks fair? We don’t know... More »

Marshals Seize Ruth Madoff's Penthouse

She 'left voluntarily': lawyer

(Newser) - US Marshals seized Ruth Madoff’s $7 million Manhattan penthouse today after she made a deal to give it up last week, the New York Post reports. Madoff “left voluntarily and in an orderly manner to which all sides agreed,” said her lawyer. “We’re not here... More »

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