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Bernard Lawrence Madoff
April 29, 1938
|Died||April 14, 2021 (aged 82)|
Butner, North Carolina, U.S.
|Cause of death||Hypertension caused by heart and kidney disease|
|Education||Hofstra University (1960)|
|Occupation||Former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ|
|Employer||Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities|
|Known for||Ponzi scheme, Chairman of NASDAQ (prior)|
|Criminal charge(s)||Securities fraud, investment advisor fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, false statements, perjury, making false filings with the SEC, theft from an employee benefit plan|
|Criminal penalty||150 years imprisonment and forfeiture of US$17.179 billion|
|Spouse(s)||Ruth Madoff (m. 1959–present)|
Bernard Lawrence "Bernie" Madoff (pronounced /ˈmeɪdɒf/; April 29, 1938 – April 14, 2021) was an American former investor, former stockbroker and former non-executive chairman for NASDAQ Stock Market. He was the admitted operator of a Ponzi scheme which is the largest financial fraud in United States history.
In March 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme. Thousands of investors lost billions of dollars. Madoff said he began the Ponzi scheme in the early 1990s. However, federal investigators believe the fraud began as early as the 1970s. The people who are hunting for the missing money believe the investment operation may never have been legitimate. The amount missing from client accounts, including fabricated gains, was almost $65 billion. The court-appointed trustee estimated actual losses to investors of $18 billion. On June 29, 2009, he was sentenced to 150 years in prison, the maximum allowed.
Madoff died on April 14, 2021 at a prison medical center in Butner, North Carolina after suffering from kidney disease for many years, at the age of 82. His cause of death was hypertension caused by heart and kidney disease.
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