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Madoff Gets 150 Years for "Evil" Ponzi Scheme

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By Kevin Fayle on June 29, 2009 9:10 PM

Bernard Madoff will be spending the rest of his life in prison.  Earlier today, the King of Ponzi was sentence to the maximum possible term of 150 years for defrauding his clients out of billions.

The harsh sentence renders the request by Madoff's attorney, Ira Lee Sorkin, for a twelve year term almost laughable. 

The judge called Madoff's crimes "extraordinarily evil."  Now, I was never a litigator, but I'm pretty sure that's never a good sign.

Madoff did apologize to his victims, for whatever that's worth.  At this point, though, I'm pretty sure that they don't give a damn how sorry he is.

Obviously, the 71 year-old Madoff won't be serving the full sentence, but the judge said that it was necessary in order to deter others from running the same kind of Ponzi schemes.

So let this be a lesson for in house counsel that you can pass along to the heads of your companies: apologizing is nice and all, but not stealing the money in the first place is probably the better strategy.

See Also:
Bernard Madoff gets maximum 150 years in prison (AP)
Madoff's 150-Year Sentence: Long But Not Longest (WSJ Law Blog)
Breaking: Madoff Sentenced to 150 Years (Above the Law)

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