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Bernie Madoff died in a federal prison early on Wednesday morning. That news comes from Zeke Miller with the Associated Press, who said his source believes Madoff passed away from natural causes.
He was 82 years old.
NEW YORK (AP) — AP source: Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff has died in a federal prison, believed to be from natural causes.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 14, 2021
Whoever the source, they aren’t at liberty to discuss the matter publicly. But they did tell the AP that Madoff died at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, and confirmed that it was from natural causes.
Madoff is most known for scamming thousands of clients with his notorious Ponzi scheme. He reportedly stole a total of $17.5 billion over several decades. He pleaded guilty to security fraud back in March of 2009, saying publicly that he was “deeply sorry and ashamed” of his actions.
U.S. District Judge Denny Chin sentenced Madoff to a maximum of 150 years in federal prison.
“He stole from the rich. He stole from the poor. He stole from the in between. He had no values,” former investor Tom Fitzmaurice told the judge back in 2009, via the AP. “He cheated his victims out of their money so he and his wife … could live a life of luxury beyond belief.”
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