Image caption Bonventre and four others Madoff associates were found guilty of fraud in March. A ex- associate of Bernie Madoff has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for aiding the disgraced Wall Street financier in his $65bn (£42bn) fraud scheme. Daniel Bonventre, 67, was also ordered to forfeit $155bn (£99bn). More in The Telegraph Leader here.
Seven years ago today, Bernie Madoff was arrested for orchestrating the most devastating Ponzi scheme in US history. Unfortunately, many of Madoff’s victims still haven’t seen the restitution they were guaranteed under federal law. More in the New York Post here.
A former Massachusetts Institute of Technology associate dean and his son have been sentenced to 3¾ years in prison for a hedge fund scam that cost investors more than $140 million. More on ABC News here.
Irving Picard, the trustee appointed to liquidate the assets of convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff and return money to his victims, has filed a $95 million lawsuit against some of Israel’s largest educational and medical institutions. More in The Times of Israel here.
Two judges on Wednesday approved a $1 billion-plus payout to victims of Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, including those who invested with New York money manager J. Ezra Merkin. More in the Wall Street Journal here.
H.R. 1982: Restoring Main Street Investor Protection and Confidence Act – Congressman Steven Palazzo [R-MS4] has signed on to co-sponsor H.R. 1982. The bill now has 50 cosponsors (40 Republicans, 10 Democrats).
A Washington state court jury on Friday found Ernst & Young liable for millions of dollars in losses a Washington investment firm took from the collapse of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. More in the Wall Street Journal here.
Two financial funds linked to the Ponzi scheme have agreed to a court settlement to the tune of $497 million. The tentative settlement between the court trustee and Primeo Fund and Herald Fund SPC will only augment the fund size,which is said to total $10.3 billion and which is being used at the moment to repay Ponzi scheme investors and customers. The announcement was made by Irving Picard, the court trustee on Monday. But the agreement still needs the approval of the US Bankruptcy Court. According to Geoffrey North, the court appointed lawyer for Picard, the agreement will help to avoid delay and coststhat are generally the results of a long drawn and controversial court case. More in the Daily News here.
Thybo Asset Management, a family office turned hedge fund of funds, has agreed to settle a Madoff-related clawback claim instituted in 2009 by bankruptcy trustee Irving Picard. According to the settlement, which was filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York on Friday, Thybo agreed to pay $46.6 million of the original $62 million sought by Picard in allegedly fraudulent transfers during the six years prior to the collapse of the ponzi scheme orchestrated by Madoff through his Madoff Investment Securities LLC. At the same time, Thybo will be allowed a total claim of $186 million against the Madoff estate, from which the $46.6 million will be deducted. More on FinAlternatives here.
Switzerland will start the criminal trial in early December of the head of the largest of the Geneva feeder funds that channeled money to convicted fraudster Bernie Madoff, seven years after the American admitted cheating investors. The trial of Manuel Echeverria, who ran Banco Santander SA’s Optimal Investment unit, will start Dec. 7 in Geneva’s Tribunal de police, said Henri Della Casa, a spokesman for the Geneva prosecutors’ office. He was charged in 2009 with aggravated mismanagement over his handling of client funds. The lead plaintiff is Franck Berlamont, a client of Echeverria’s. More on Bloomberg here.