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Palm Beach police: Jeffry Picower has died [friend of Maoff]
AP ^ | 10-25-09 | AP

Posted on 10/25/2009 1:27:27 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Authorities say he was found at the bottom of his Palm Beach home's pool Sunday afternoon by his wife and could not be revived...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: charityfraud; drowning; irsfraud; madoff; palmbeach; picower; taxexemptfraud; taxfraud

1 posted on 10/25/2009 1:27:27 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Those concrete swim fins are difficult to master.


2 posted on 10/25/2009 1:31:29 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Liz; STARWISE; LucyT
Does this mean that his wife inherits the money without any danger of being indicted for her husbands crimes? mmm-mmm-mmm
3 posted on 10/25/2009 1:35:37 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: smokingfrog
Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Proverbs 23:5
4 posted on 10/25/2009 1:47:09 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: hoosiermama

Check his bank account!


5 posted on 10/25/2009 2:29:27 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: smokingfrog
How convenient.
6 posted on 10/25/2009 2:34:09 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: hoosiermama

I think the Feds have their eye on the money. They would go after the inheritance.


7 posted on 10/25/2009 2:34:44 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: smokingfrog

http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/billionaire-madoff-investor-found-dead/


8 posted on 10/25/2009 2:48:02 PM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: smokingfrog

Who the bloody heck is Maoff?


9 posted on 10/25/2009 3:17:55 PM PDT by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: Utilizer
Possibly it's a new spelling of Madoff, as he can't afford a "d" anymore.


10 posted on 10/25/2009 3:31:39 PM PDT by magooey (The Mandate of Heaven resides in the hearts of men)
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To: Utilizer

It’s kinda like the Pittsburg Jagoff, but in Bejing.


11 posted on 10/25/2009 3:32:43 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Utilizer

oops - Madoff as in Bernie.

typing on EeePC with my fat fingers


12 posted on 10/25/2009 3:35:21 PM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: hoosiermama; CutePuppy; stephenjohnbanker; Landru; maggief; GOPJ; Condor51; Just mythoughts
Does this mean that Picower's widow inherits ALL the money without any danger of being indicted for her husbands crimes?

Authorities should go after The Florida-based Picower Foundation .......worth $1 billion......one of the top financial backers of the abortion industry.


Barbara and Jeffrey Picower

The Picower Foundation
1410 South Ocean Blvd
Palm Beach, Fla 33480
Tele 561-835-1332
Geographic Focus: Florida; New York;
SOURCE http://www.tgci.com/funding/fdnresultnew.asp?thisID=19499

The number of tax-exempt "foundations and charities" attached to Madoff's scam is VERY fishy. NOTE: the IRS has targeted tax-exempt "foundations and charities" as the locus classicus for money laundering and tax evasion--- the BIGGEST fraud is one charity writing checks to another charity---the way these "altristic philanthropists" siphon off funds for themselves--all tax-free.

Picard sued longtime Madoff "investor" Jeffry Picower (Picower took a startling 950% return) to recover $6.7 billion for victims; Picard seeks another $500 million after finding additional evidence of Picower's excess withdrawals. Picower's $7.2 billion withdrawal from Madoff's firm, makes the Florida "philanthropist" the biggest beneficiary of Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

It was recently uncovered that Madoff kept detailed notes about his activites and that some "investors" made deals, demanding specific returns on investments, meaning they were in on the scam. Some investors also wrote Madoff personal checks......evidence of tax evasion and money laundering.

REFERENCE CBS' 60 Minutes reported 9/27/09: Madoff's detailed notes reveal Jeffrey Picower---a major Planned Parenthood backer---was receiving a return of some 950%. According to the court-appointed trustee Irving Picard, this indicated Picower was in on the Ponzi scheme and was profiting at the expense of other investors. As a savvy businessman and investor, Picower should have known 950% was an outlandish return, Picard indicated.

Bernie was hightailing it to global money-laundering havens just before he got nailed. $12B was pulled out of Bernard L. Madoff’s firm in 2008, and $6B just three months before he was arrested last Dec.....BVI's Vizcaya Partners Ltd. and Gibraltar-based Banque Jacob Safra Ltd. got $150M (that we know of) about six weeks before Madoff was exposed.

Picard, who is ID'ing Madoff's assets, unearthed a labyrinth of interrelated international funds, institutions and entities of almost unparalleled complexity and breadth...... and assets and businesses in 11 places overseas. No question,tax evasion and money laundering was the name of the game for the wealthiest Madoffians-----businessmen who were funneling income to Madoff to avoid US taxes, acting like "philanthropists."

LABYRINTH OF MADOFF'S SOCIAL-RELIGIOUS-PHILANTHROPIC TAX-EXEMPTS THAT RAKED IN BILLIONS---INTERACTIVE AT WEB SITE
http://news.muckety.com/2008/12/28/madoff-used-social-family-networks-to-rake-in-billions/9031

13 posted on 10/25/2009 4:52:27 PM PDT by Liz (ALL FOX---ALL THE TIME---24/7)
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Jeffrey Picower and Stanley Chais are two "philanthropists" who are the target of lawsuits brought by Picard. Garmento Carl Shapiro, a close friend of Madoff, is also under criminal investigation....... Authorities are going after these people under the legal concept of "fraudulent conveyance"----meaning one cannot profit from a fraud.

Brighton Co Investments is headed by Stanley Chais, a Beverly Hills "philanthropist" who served on "charitable" boards with Madoff. Chais (pronounced Chase) told the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles that he not only personally invested with Madoff, but he also "facilitated" others who wished to do likewise. However, spokesmen for the SEC and the California Dept of Corporations said they could find no record of Chais registering as an investment advisor or a broker.


Stanley Chais offers remarks at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

That doe-eyed, winsome smirk hides an unspeakable evil.

"I'm Bernie. Trust me."

14 posted on 10/25/2009 4:54:20 PM PDT by Liz (ALL FOX---ALL THE TIME---24/7)
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To: Liz

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-06-25/did-bernie-madoff-get-a-billion-dollar-kickback/full/

Jeffry Picower, a seldom-seen philanthropist, investor and confidant of Bernard Madoff, stands accused by the Madoff bankruptcy trustee of extracting $5.1 billion from Madoff’s enterprises during the last two decades. Now a lawyer representing 100 Madoff victims suggests it was no accident that Picower was one of the few Madoff customers who made a substantial profit.

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Picower may have deposited $1.6 billion with Madoff, while withdrawing as “profit” more than $6.7 billion, for a net profit of $5.1 billion “of other peoples’ money.”

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While coverage of Picower has been scant, on various occasions, The St. Petersburg Times, Forbes, and most recently Pro Publica have raised the question of whether he used his charities to mine information—especially about the medical developments—that he then used in chasing deals. He was the biggest shareholder in Alaris Medical Systems and collected more than $1 billion when it was bought by Cardinal Health in 2004.

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http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2002/1014/068_print.html

http://www.propublica.org/feature/madoff-client-jeffry-picower-netted-5-billion

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Complex web benefits foundation founder
St. Petersburg Times - Sunday, July 8, 2001
Author: MARY JACOBY
A decade ago, a wealthy Palm Beach investor met a world-renowned scientist for dinner at an Italian restaurant on New York’s upper East Side.

They were celebrating a promising new partnership.

Jeffry M. Picower had decided to endow a non-profit medical research institute. His Florida-based foundation would give $10-million in initial funding to find cures for the maladies that afflict humankind. Dr. Anthony Cerami, internationally acclaimed inventor of a revolutionary diabetes test, would run it.

“My mother suffered from diabetes even before my birth and died at an early age of it,” Picower told the New York Times. He pledged that profits from new drugs discovered at the institute would flow back into its coffers to pay for more discoveries.

“It’s just for the benefit of science, and my family will not get anything back, no matter what happens.”

Over the next 10 years, as the assets of the Jeffry M. and Barbara Picower Foundation swelled to $658-million, making it the second largest foundation in Florida, its benefactor was spinning an unusual web of business relationships between it, the Picower Institute for Medical Research and two for-profit pharmaceutical companies.

When the spinning was over, a for-profit drug company owned largely by Picower was left holding license to many of the most important discoveries of the Picower Institute.

Humankind, it seems, would not be the only beneficiary of the spending and investments of the non-profit Jeffry M. and Barbara Picower Foundation.

Jeffry M. Picower would, too.

Because Congress wants to encourage charitable giving, it has given foundations significant tax advantages. Donors can deduct the amount of their gifts from their taxable income, an important incentive for wealthy people to establish foundations. And foundations pay virtually no tax.

The law forbids people who create or manage foundations from profiting, even indirectly, from the endowments.

“The sweep of the self-dealing rules captures direct as well as indirect business relationships,” said Marcus Owens, former director of the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations division. “With private foundations, the self-dealing proscription is very tight.”

The penalty for self-dealing is a 25 percent tax on the amount of money involved in the improper activity and return of the money.

But if you are a wealthy person running your own foundation, the chance you will face scrutiny is practically nil. The IRS regularly audits less than 1 percent of private foundation returns; of 61,185 returns filed in 1998 for foundations that held about $390-billion in assets, the IRS audited 191.

Neither is the public likely to question the work of a foundation such as Picower ‘s, whose gifts have included $533,000 to the Intracoastal Health Foundation in West Palm Beach, $2.3-million to New York public libraries, $200,000 to Teach for America - and at least $22.5-million over the years to the Picower Institute.

But behind the velvet drape of Picower ‘s philanthropy is a story different from the usual script. The backstage is cluttered with angry lawsuits, cowed scientists and bitter former business partners. It is the turmoil left behind when one man plays all the leading parts in and directs his own charitable production:

Picower runs the Picower Foundation.

Picower runs the Picower Institute.

The Picower Foundation funds the Picower Institute.

Researchers at the Picower Institute discover a drug that they hope will alleviate the suffering of a whole universe of people: victims of arthritis, multiple sclerosis, stroke and inflammatory bowel disease.

A deal is cut. A merger creates a for-profit pharmaceutical company that gets the license to develop this potential blockbuster drug and other promising Picower Institute discoveries.

This company’s largest shareholder? Jeffry M. Picower .


15 posted on 10/25/2009 5:47:18 PM PDT by maggief
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To: smokingfrog

Lol! Oh, right then. Just turned on the telly and they mentioned it. Fox news -I shall tune them in again later on to find out more.


16 posted on 10/25/2009 5:48:28 PM PDT by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: Liz
Thanks for the ping... sure sheds a light on this Mao styled health care ideology. What a way to make a living, kill before first breath can be taken. Wonder who the kingpins are on the end of life measures BamaKennedy titled ‘pills instead of procedures’.
17 posted on 10/25/2009 6:18:32 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Liz

That whole “nonprofit” thing is a rich person scam. It’s how wealthy women have parties on the taxpayers dime...


18 posted on 10/25/2009 7:04:15 PM PDT by GOPJ (Stories 'in danger of leaching out" are concerns of storm troopers, not journalist - G.Joyce)
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To: Liz; All
Accident, accidental suicide, deliberate suicide or foul play...?

Mostly related news:

Here's something that flew mostly under the radar :
Madoff Victims Aren’t Entitled to Fake Profit, SIPC Tells Judge - BL, 2009 October 17, by Erik Larson

Chais Defends SEC Suit Citing Agency’s Failure to Stop Madoff - BL, 2009 October 22, by David Glovin

What's interesting to note about this recently filed suit by Chais is that Picower was not a part of it, or didn't bother to file a similar one separately. Previously he and Chais ("dynamic duo") were talking and working largely in tandem on the issue... This time, though, the "dog didn't bark". So, in light of that... was this "incident," only a few days later, not unexpected?

Mets owner Wilpon liable for Madoff millions - NYP, 2009 October 21, by Bruce Golding

Biden’s Son Wins Dismissal of Paradigm Fraud Suit - BL, 2009 October 17, by Karen Gullo


19 posted on 10/25/2009 8:10:50 PM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: maggief; CutePuppy; GOPJ; Just mythoughts; stephenjohnbanker; Landru
A seldom-seen philanthropist, investor and confidant of Bernard Madoff, Picower is accused by the Madoff bankruptcy trustee of extracting $5.1B from Madoff’s enterprises in two decades.......making a 950% profit. A lawyer representing 100 Madoff victims suggests it was no accident that Picower was one of the few Madoff customers who made a substantial profit.......

Investigators may be looking at the legal parameters of prosecutable crimes including making false statements to state and federal officials, filing falsified documents, obstruction of proceedings before state and federal agencies, fiduciary negligence, and obstruction of US justice. The tax exempts might have facilitated IRS fraud by integrating:

1. Secret control over tax exempt fund-raising committees.

2. Requiring only one signature on tax-exempt bank checks.

3. Utilizing pre-signed tax-exempt bank checks.

4. Using secret bank accounts to keep secret the actual financial position of tax-exempt "charities."

5. Assigning bank deposit and account reconciliation functions of tax-exempts to one person.

6. Conspiring to hide oversight of expenses and supporting vouchers from public view.

7. Having no outside auditor to review tax-exempt statements.

8. Cashing unusually large amounts of tax-exempt checks.

9. Having no official deposit and withdrawal control system.

10. Arranging kickbacks to other "charities" in exchange for donations.

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THE MODUS OPERANDI: ....behind the velvet drape of Picower‘s philanthropy is a different story........cluttered with angry lawsuits, cowed scientists and bitter former business partners. It is the turmoil left behind when one man plays all the leading parts in and directs his own charitable production. Picower runs the Picower Foundation. Picower runs the Picower Institute. The Picower Foundation funds the Picower Institute. Researchers at the Picower Institute discover a drug that they hope will alleviate the suffering of a whole universe of people: victims of arthritis, multiple sclerosis, stroke and inflammatory bowel disease. A deal is cut. A merger creates a for-profit pharmaceutical company that gets the license to develop this potential blockbuster drug and other promising Picower Institute discoveries. This company’s largest shareholder? Jeffry M. Picower ......

Fraudulent "charitable" activities might involve passing checks from one "charitable" account to another in multiple conspiracies to launder monies and evade taxes. Authorities should investigate the Picower's tax-exempts' US Postal Service mailings, wire transfers, computer transfers, electronic submissions, and unregulated money transfers, and all bank transfers connected to tax-exempt bank accounts.

20 posted on 10/26/2009 5:09:09 AM PDT by Liz (ALL FOX---ALL THE TIME---24/7)
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To: smokingfrog

You know it’s funny - these low lifes spend most of their lives inventing ways of screwing the little guy out of his hard-earned money and in doing so accumulate vast fortunes and influence. Yet, in the end, none of that matters. Picower took not one red cent with him when he went.

He left with what he was born with - nothing. Justice is sometimes poetic.


21 posted on 10/26/2009 5:20:43 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: Liz

The tax exempts might have facilitated IRS fraud by integrating:

1. Secret control over tax exempt fund-raising committees.

2. Requiring only one signature on tax-exempt bank checks.

3. Utilizing pre-signed tax-exempt bank checks.

4. Using secret bank accounts to keep secret the actual financial position of tax-exempt “charities.”

5. Assigning bank deposit and account reconciliation functions of tax-exempts to one person.

6. Conspiring to hide oversight of expenses and supporting vouchers from public view.

7. Having no outside auditor to review tax-exempt statements.

8. Cashing unusually large amounts of tax-exempt checks.

9. Having no official deposit and withdrawal control system.

10. Arranging kickbacks to other “charities” in exchange for donations.


EVERY liberal nonprofit needs to be looked at - most are scams.


22 posted on 10/26/2009 6:42:22 AM PDT by GOPJ (Stories 'in danger of leaching out" are concerns of storm troopers, not journalist - G.Joyce)
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To: Liz
"Picower is accused by the Madoff bankruptcy trustee of extracting $5.1B from Madoff’s enterprises in two decades.......making a 950% profit. A lawyer representing 100 Madoff victims suggests it was no accident that Picower was one of the few Madoff customers who made a substantial profit..."

So Picower, Madoff's best pal, large (if not largest) benefactor of Bernie's scam(s) & literally a billionaire is found dead. Who knew.

Listen Liz, question.
IF one wanted to learn if Picower belonged to or a member of say organizations such as Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission etc?
Where might one learn such information, one way or the other? I'm thinking a clever young fox like you would know the answer to that. :^)
TIA, my friend.

When I read of this early in the AM?
My first impression: "Funny that. Obviously despondent to the point of suicide." /sarc ;^)

23 posted on 10/26/2009 7:02:18 AM PDT by Landru (If you want to perform for 15 mins, 30 mins, 1 hour, 5 days, a YEAR! Call...)
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MADOFF'S MADE MEN HIT BY SEC; 3 FROM FEEDER FIRM COHMAD CHARGED IN DECEPTION
NY POST, 6/23/09, By KAJA WHITEHOUSE

Four individuals who were key to Madoff's Ponzi scam were sued by the SEC for recruiting unwitting victims to participate in Madoff's $65 billion ruse. The SEC accused three top executives at Madoff feeder firm “Cohmad Securities” with running the firm as the fraud's "façade," and of "knowingly or recklessly" contributing to the scam in exchange for more than $100 million in fees over the course of two decades.

Irving Picard, the trustee for the liquidation of Madoff's operations, followed the SEC's suit with one of his own, asking the US bankruptcy court to force these people to give the $100 million to investors.

Charged in the SEC suit were Cohmad Chairman Maurice "Sonny" Cohn, 78, his daughter Marcia Cohn, 49, who served as Cohmad's COO, and Robert Jaffe, 65, a Cohmad VP who's been widely credited with corralling elite Palm Beach, Fla's wealthy set into the Madoff scam. (Madoff co-founded the firm with Cohn in 1985, thus explaining the "Coh" and "Mad" in the company's name).

Jaffe has become notorious for having directed an estimated $1 billion worth of investor money into Madoff's sham investment firm and is known in some circles as "the recruiter," has been accused of trading on his marriage to Ellen Shapiro, the daughter of well-known philanthropist and garmento Carl Shapiro, to lure clients from the clubby world of Palm Beach, particularly members of the exclusive Palm Beach Country Club.

At the center of the SEC's allegations is a claim that Cohmad was merely a front for funneling money into Madoff.

The SEC also accused the defendants of acting as shills who purported to be doing investors a favor by providing access to Madoff's supposedly "exclusive club" of clients.

However, it turns out that ensnaring people into the Madoff scheme was Cohmad's main business, and that the company drew most of its earnings from Madoff, who often paid the defendants directly, bypassing Cohmad entirely, the SEC said.

In a separate case, the SEC sued Beverly Hills-based “investment adviser” Stanley Chais, accusing him of lying to investors that he was the one managing their money when in fact it was Madoff.

SOURCE http://www.nypost.com/seven/06232009/business/madoffs_made_men_175645.htm

UPDATE The SEC claims that Chais and his family between 1995-2008 withdrew from Madoff's firm about $500M more than they had invested.

Brighton Co Investments is headed by Stanley Chais, a Beverly Hills "philanthropist" who served on "charitable" boards with Madoff. Chais (pronounced Chase) told the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles that he not only personally invested with Madoff, but he also "facilitated" others who wished to do likewise. However, spokesmen for the SEC and the California Dept of Corporations said they could find no record of Chais registering as an investment advisor or a broker.


Stanley Chais offers remarks at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

24 posted on 10/26/2009 10:02:28 AM PDT by Liz (ALL FOX---ALL THE TIME---24/7)
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To: hoosiermama; Landru; maggief; CutePuppy; GOPJ; Just mythoughts; stephenjohnbanker; smokingfrog; ...
Madoff's working class victims view all of this w/ a mix of disgust and disinterest. Some are losing their homes.

Some victims have pushed for legislation that would change the rules and allow the SIPC make payments to people whose money was lost through so-called "feeder funds." Their proposals haven't picked up momentum, though, in part because of a public perception that most Madoff victims were, and remain, quite wealthy.

Letters and e-mails from less wealthy victims have poured into the courthouse. Seems like Madoff “allowed” a few working class people into his “exclusive” investment scheme. These people were used as a funding source to insure the filthy rich Palm Beach crowd could keep on sucking out profits..........like Picower’s 950% takeout.

A retired elementary school teacher in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., wonders what to do next. She rolled $225,000 from her retirement plan into a fund run by a well-regarded member of her church, who in turn invested it with Madoff. Now, it's all gone. If she had known Madoff personally and invested with him directly, she might be able to get every dime of her investment back through SIPC. Instead, she may get almost nothing. For now, she said, the only solution is for her husband to put off retirement and keep working, even after recent sextuple bypass surgery. "We really did need that money very much," she said. "I am in constant anguish."

A single mother wrote about trying to save money by turning down the heat in the house and keeping the lights off. Victim after victim said they were being forced to sell their homes. A Connecticut doctor said his practice's entire retirement plan had been wiped out, leaving 140 employees in the lurch.

"People like us, we are invisible," said a farmer near Boulder, Colo. who lost her savings in the scandal. "We feel we are all victims of the same crime, and we should be entitled to the same relief (as Madoff's wealthy victims)."

25 posted on 10/26/2009 10:13:19 AM PDT by Liz (ALL FOX---ALL THE TIME---24/7)
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To: Liz
As much as I empathize with people who are legitimate victims (not "dial-a-return" or tax evading / money laundering crooks) of Madoff or similar schemers, I have to say that if they didn't put their money into a self-directed account, directly into an institution which is SIPC or FDIC member, but instead are chasing returns by "investing" through "managers" they have little recourse but recovery lawsuit against manager.

Having SIPC reimburse third-party, not SIPC-insured, fraud losses is somewhat akin to having a property insurance company cover the cash that was stashed under the mattress which was burned in the house fire.

Actor Nicolas Cage Sues Ex-Manager, Claiming "Ruin" - BL, 2009 October 17, by Andrew M. Harris


26 posted on 10/26/2009 6:39:17 PM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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