To mark the sixth anniversary of Bernie Madoff’s perp walk, five of his closest aides got the worst Christmas presents of their lives: between two-and-a-half and 10 years in prison for dummying up statements, looking the other way, and playing catch with a bunch of files that the SEC wanted to have a look at.
The scoreboard shows Madoff ops. chief Daniel Bonventre going up the river for a decade for his stellar 40-year career, vertically-challenged former secretary Annette Bongiorno for six and computer programmers and diamond collectors George Perez and Jerome O’Hara for two-and-a-half each. So the last of the five, portfolio manager Joann Crupi, probably had a pretty good idea of what was coming to her yesterday, and what came was six years in the pokey. Read more »
Five former aides to Bernard Madoff who spent decades working for his firm were found guilty of helping run the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, a $17.5 billion fraud exposed by the 2008 financial crisis. The three men and two women, hired by Madoff with little financial experience, were convicted on all counts. The defendants failed to persuade a federal jury in Manhattan they were ignorant of the fraud despite being part of the inner circle at his New York-based firm…The defendants are Annette Bongiorno, who ran the investment advisory unit at the center of the fraud; Joann Crupi, who managed large accounts; Daniel Bonventre, the ex-operations chief of Madoff’s broker-dealer; and computer programmers George Perez and Jerome O’Hara, accused of automating the scam as it grew rapidly in the 1990s. [Bloomberg]
For twenty or so years, depending on when you believe The Legitimate Years stopped and The Illegitimate Years started, Bernie Madoff ran a massive Ponzi scheme, ripping off thousands of clients of billions of dollars. But screwing over people and leaving many of them with nothing was not all Madoff accomplished in that time. He also taught his employees the finer art of fraud and, according to prosecutors, the five students currently on trial learned a thing or two under The Professor. Read more »
One thing you might have imagined, in thinking about the decades-long, multi-billion dollar financial fraud perpetrated by Bernard Madoff, was that the operation demanded a lot of the Ponzi master’s time. Lotta man hours, lotta late nights. That he and his team worked ’round the clock to generate all those falsified accounting documents, coming in early, leaving late, and bringing work home. That most days, they didn’t have time for much else, be it surfing the internet, taking a long lunch, or having sex with each other from 6 until 7 in the morning, and then again from 1PM ’til market close. In fact, such was not the case! Read more »