Ponzi Scam King Bernie Madoff Dies In PrisonBusiness | April 14, 2021, Wednesday // 23:48| views
Bernie Madoff, the man behind the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, has died in prison at the age of 82. Madoff ran a ripoff pyramid scheme that conned thousands of people around the world.
The disgraced financier Bernie Madoff, who was convicted for running a Ponzi scheme that was unprecedented in its scale, died in prison at the age of 82, the US Federal Bureau of Prisons announced on Wednesday.
As the mastermind of the epic swindle, which earned him billions of dollars and 150 years behind bars, Madoff had been denied permission to die at home.
The onetime Wall Street kingpin had been suffering from chronic kidney failure, although the precise cause of death was not immediately confirmed.
Madoff was jailed in 2009 for overseeing a scam that hit many thousands of clients, whose statements told them that their investments were worth almost billion in total.
In reality, the venture held only a fraction of that amount.
Madoff was said to have hired numerous employees who had "little or no prior pertinent training or experience in the securities industry."
The scam came to light only at the time of the 2008 financial crisis, as worried investors clamored to withdraw savings from financial institutions. He confessed the situation to his sons, who turned him in to authorities.
"The size and scope of Mr. Madoff's fraud are unprecedented," prosecutors said at the time, claiming that the scheme had been in operation since "at least" the 1980s.
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