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Bernard Lawrence "Bernie" Madoff (born April 29, 1938) is an American convict, who was a financier, and Chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange. He is the admitted operator of the Ponzi scheme that may be "the largest investment fraud in Wall Street history".

In March 2009, Madoff pled guilty to 11 felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. Madoff said he began the Ponzi scheme in the early 1990s. However, federal investigators believe the fraud began as early as the 1980s, and the investment operation may never have been legitimate. The amount missing from client accounts, including fabricated gains, was almost $65 billion. The court appointed trustee estimated actual losses to investors of $18 billion. On June 29, 2009, he was sentenced to 150 years in prison, the maximum allowed.

Madoff founded the Wall Street firm Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC in 1960, and was its chairman until his arrest on December 11, 2008. The firm was one of the top market maker businesses on Wall Street, which bypassed "specialist" firms by directly executing orders over the counter from retail brokers.

On December 10, 2008, Madoff's sons told authorities that their father had just confessed to them that the asset management arm of his firm was a massive Ponzi scheme, and quoting him as saying it was "one big lie." The following day, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Madoff and charged him with one count of securities fraud. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had previously conducted several investigations into Madoff's business practices since 1992, which critics contend were incompetently handled.
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Quick Tip by . October 13, 2009
posted in People Power
Alright, the man is evil. But hey, why did you guys trust him to begin with? Isn't something too good to be true? Who's to blame?
Quick Tip by . September 02, 2009
The Madoff investigation botched?? How could this have happened and who in the heck is in our corner, anyway????
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