Greatest Ponzi Scheme in U. But many people do not know how he started or what he did to actually be one of the prestige firms on Wall Street.
But an alternate narrative is emerging from the pile of Madoff-related civil suits and court motions that have been filed in the last two years — one in which a small circle of men played knowing, integral roles in the scheme, in some cases benefiting more from it than even Madoff himself.
In the one instance in which a judge has ruled on allegations against some of the men, he dismissed the charges for lack of evidence.
Most tellingly, the documents say that in at least one instance, and possibly more, these men helped keep the Madoff scam afloat, providing hundreds of millions of dollars of cash when it was on the verge of collapsing. If this was a conspiracy — and the available information is by no means complete — it does not seem to have been one in which the perpetrators plotted together around a tavern table.
What these men undeniably shared were similar backgrounds and interests. Based largely in New York and South Florida, they moved through parallel milieus of affluent Jewish country clubs and synagogues.
They were active in similar philanthropies and served on the boards of foundations, universities and yeshivas.
The cast of characters, spelled out mostly in complaints filed by the trustee and the SEC, includes: None of these men has been charged criminally.
Thus far, federal authorities have indicated in court filings that just one of them — Chais — is the subject of a criminal inquiry. Contrary to what some investors in the funds believed, it appears the men did little to manage the money beyond simply collecting it for delivery to Madoff.
Members of this circle not only did far better than other investors, who averaged 10 percent to 12 percent returns annually, they also had a highly unusual level of input into the nature of their returns.
A third had yearly returns as high as percent. Chais and his family consistently received yearly returns higher than percent, far exceeding the gains realized by investors in his funds. Moreover, according to an SEC complaintwhen Madoff told Chais he was switching to a new strategy that might show occasional short-term trading losses without interfering with net gains, Chais made a special demand to maintain the appearance of loss-free investments.
Between anddespite purportedly executing thousands of trades on behalf of the Funds, Madoff did not report a loss on a single equities trade.
Chais and his family have lost virtually everything — an impossible result were he involved in the underlying fraud. This came on top of the hundreds of millions in fees Chais charged investors.
Despite his ever-growing network of feeder funds, Madoff had another liquidity crisis in November The final bailout came toward the end ofwhen Madoff was hit with a tidal wave of redemption requests from investors caught up in the larger financial crisis.
The emergency cash infusion failed. So far, efforts to hold Madoff associates accountable have met with mixed results. Lawyers for Maurice Cohn and Cohmad released the following statement in response to the ruling: Federal investigators are working with DiPascali to get a clearer picture of the degree of complicity of others in the scheme.
Illness and age also may become factors. Though a grand jury could consider charges against Chais by mid-June, he suffers from a rare blood disorder and is in and out of the hospital.
Shapiro, too, is said to be in ill health. The trustee is expected to file more lawsuits in coming months as the date approaches when the statute of limitations runs out. Criminal cases brought against several former Madoff employees have already eroded the notion, lodged so powerfully in the public imagination, that Madoff worked alone, said Daniel Richman, a professor at Columbia Law School and a former prosecutor.
With each additional case, he said, it may well crumble further. Write to Jake Bernstein at Jake. This article is republished with permission under a Creative Commons license.Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme became known as, “the largest fraud in Wall Street history,” (Washington).
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