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When The Scammer ('s Lawyer) Becomes The Scammed!

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Oh noes. Bernie Madoff lawyer Ira Lee Sorkin is being impersonated over e-mail. Suspect numero uno would obviously be Ponzi-Boy, though the fact that the sender doesn't ask for any money gives us a moment's pause (but perhaps he does so in the follow-up).

From: [redacted]
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:22 PM
Subject: FYI: Dickstein Shapiro Email Scam
A scam message is circulating purporting to be from Dickstein Shapiro LLP, and more specifically, Ira Sorkin. A sample of the message is provided below. These messages are not being sent from the Dickstein Shapiro email system, and the email address being used is We are currently investigating its origin and will be notifying the authorities with whatever information we can provide.
If you receive such a message, do not reply to it. Please forward it with the email's header information (full header or show header option in most email programs) to so that we can investigate further.
If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk at x14888. Thank you for your cooperation.
From: Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Subject: Very Important
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 9:05 PM
I am Ira Lee Sorkin Co-leader of the Firm's Securities and the Defense Attorney to Mr. Bernard Lawrence Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Who was recently alleged for a
Ponzi scheme. I'm contacting you accordingly, because this crucial matter requires a matured partnership, co-operation and assistance to make a valuable change of
name to some of his assets and monies lodged with an offshore security company that might be discovered sooner or later by the Government.
Your view to this assignment is urgently needed,if you're willingly to work with me on this, then get back to me asap.
Attorney Ira Lee Sorkin
Dickstein Shapiro LLP


Former Madoff Employee Pleads Guilty To *A* Madoff Securities Scam Just Not *The* Madoff Securities Scam

You know what has got to suck? When you decide to start charging stuff that doesn't fall under "business expenses" to your corporate card and engage in a few other amateur hours scams that probably wouldn't have been found out (or, if discovered, not taken to the authorities because your boss had high tolerance for fraud) but then they are because the CEO of your firm had to go and engage in the largest Ponzi scheme on record, which shone an uncomfortable light on company personnel and all of the cheese, popcorn, and salsa of the month clubs you joined (for example).  Craig Kugel knows what we're talking about. The son of a longtime trader for convicted Ponzi scheme operator Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other criminal charges Tuesday, but denied any involvement in the decades-long fraud. Craig Kugel, the son of David L. Kugel, a former supervisory trader in Madoff's proprietary-trading operation, admitted to filing false forms that claimed people were on the Madoff payroll when they didn't actually work for the firm and to not declaring as income personal expenses charged to the firm's corporate credit card. Those individuals were paid salary and benefits, but weren't actual employees, he said. "I am sorry for my lapses in judgment in committing these federal crimes, but I want to make clear I had nothing to do with the Madoff Ponzi scheme and I was never involved in the Madoff trading operation," Craig Kugel said at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in Manhattan. Ex-Madoff Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy [WSJ]