As you know, Ruth Madoff would like to hang on to over 70 million in assets that supposedly fell into her lap completely independent of her husband's Ponzi scheme. And not that we're in any way advocating she get the ill-gotten gains, but with Bernie-boy down for the count, most of her family, including but not limited to her sons, brother-in-law, niece, etc all unemployed, and the slim chance anyone's willing to hire her as a kosher cook, she kind of needs the money. So you'd think she and her lawyers, or whoever's doing the talking, would work a little harder at coming up with more plausible lies, but, apparently, not so much.
Ruth Madoff has not yet been questioned by investigators, according to sources on the defense team. A source close to the case says "they are going after family and associates with a vengeance, but in their own way, by indirection." The many assets put in her name over the years--including real estate, yachts, jewelry and cash--have been frozen, but now the government is moving to try to seize the $69 million worth of real estate and cash and bonds in Ruth's name that she says are unrelated to the Ponzi scheme. For example, Ruth claims a house in Montauk was given to her by her father in the early '80s, according to a federal source: "This is one of her recent fabrications. She darn well knows her father had no money. He didn't give it to her, Bernie did."