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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Madoff Under House Arrest; Growing Focus on DiPascali Associates

Madoff Put Under House Arrest as SEC Admits Detection Failure
Bloomberg News by David Glovin and Jesse Westbrook - December 17, 2008

Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Bernard Madoff, accused mastermind of a $50 billion investment fraud, was placed under house arrest as pressure mounted on the Securities and Exchange Commission to explain its failure to detect his financial wrongdoing for almost a decade. Madoff, 70, will be subject to electronic monitoring and a 7 p.m. curfew while his wife, Ruth, today agreed to give up homes in Montauk, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, if her husband flees. Madoff was arrested Dec. 11 after telling his sons that his firm was “one big lie,” the SEC said. The legal developments came after SEC Chairman Christopher Cox said yesterday that his agency failed to act on “credible, specific” allegations about Madoff dating back to 1999. The Madoff affair will be at the center of planned congressional hearings on the reform of the SEC, said a senior Senate official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The allegations “were repeatedly brought to the attention of SEC staff, but were never recommended to the commission for action,” Cox, 56, said in a statement yesterday, without detailing the allegations. He announced an internal probe to review the “deeply troubling” revelations. The SEC, already faulted in connection with the collapse of Bear Stearns Cos. and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., now faces criticism for failing to detect what Madoff termed “a giant Ponzi scheme.” Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat, and Senator Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, have questioned its vigilance in enforcing securities laws.

Tokyo to Paris

Victims of Madoff’s fraud stretch from Tokyo to Paris, encompassing foundations set up by Boston philanthropist Carl Shapiro and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and clients of global banks such as Banco Santander SA of Spain, Nomura Holdings Inc of Japan, and HSBC Holdings Plc of the U.K. Yeshiva University in New York lost $110 million, mostly through hedge funds controlled by trustee J. Ezra Merkin. Cox, a Republican appointed by President George W. Bush, has said he will leave office at the end of the Bush administration. His term officially ends in June 2009 after taking over in August 2005. President-elect Barack Obama may name Cox’s successor as soon as tomorrow, people familiar with the matter said. Instead of wielding subpoena power to obtain information, SEC staff “relied upon information voluntarily produced by Mr. Madoff and his firm,” Cox said.

Recusals

The internal review will include “all staff contact and relationships with the Madoff family and firm,” he said, and mandate the recusal of any SEC employee with more than an “insubstantial personal” contact with Madoff and his family. Eric Swanson, a former assistant director of compliance and examinations at the SEC, is married to Madoff’s niece, Shana, who was a compliance lawyer at the Madoff firm. Swanson left the SEC in August 2006 and is now the general counsel of Bats Trading Inc., the third-largest U.S. equity exchange by trading volume. Besides talking with Madoff, who met with federal prosecutors yesterday, authorities have also been scrutinizing the role of Frank DiPascali, a senior official in Madoff’s investment advisory firm, according to a person familiar with the case. Janice Oh, a spokeswoman for Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Lev Dassin, declined to comment. Madoff’s lawyer, Ira Sorkin, didn’t return a call seeking comment.

Michael Mukasey

“Like everyone else, we’re trying to sort out everything and learn the facts,” DiPascali’s lawyer, Marc Mukasey of Bracewell & Giuliani in New York, said in an interview, declining further comment. U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Marc Mukasey’s father, has recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Madoff’s alleged fraud, a department spokesman said today.

Michael Mukasey is a 1959 graduate of the Ramaz School, a modern Orthodox Jewish school in New York that invested as much as $6 million in a fund that invested with Madoff, said Kenny Rochlin, Ramaz’s director of institutional advancement. Mukasey’s wife, Susan, was headmistress of Ramaz’s Lower School for children in primary grades, Rochlin said. Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr declined to say whether the family connection is the reason Mukasey removed himself from the case. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein in Manhattan also ordered Madoff and his wife, Ruth, to surrender their passports. The ruling came as a bail hearing for her husband was postponed for a second time in as many days. The number of co-signers on his $10 million bond was reduced by Gorenstein from four to two after Madoff was unable to find two additional guarantors. Madoff’s wife and brother, Peter, have co-signed the bond. The case is U.S. v. Madoff, 08-mag-2735, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan). To contact the reporter on this story: David Glovin in U.S. District Court in New York at dglovin@bloomberg.net. Last Updated: December 17, 2008 12:36 EST

6 comments:

willing to talk said...

I don't know what Madoff knew, as he might have been brain dead over the last few years. But DiPascali is another story. Anyone surprised that this story just might get a little bigger, and badder. I'm jumping. If I am asked, I will immediately tell the truth.

Anonymous said...

Schumer suggested Mukasey for Attorney General. All the dots are in place and one need only connect them. The SEC knew but did not act. Incest at the highest levels. Schumer involved with Attorney General appointment, investigating Fannie and Freddie. supervising SEC, appointing NY Federal judges, Senate campaign funds for local candidates and for national Senate campaigns; all under Schumer's tentacles' control.

Anonymous said...

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My Two Cents said...

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Anonymous said...

Madoff is surely going to take control of his own destiny very soon. I hope the tax payer ankle bracket doesn't get damaged in the process.

Anonymous said...

Shhhh, there's only about 25,000 people who want to talk about DiPascali. Don't say anything....

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