Zeroing in on Possible Madoff Co-Conspirators

Bernard Madoff, who is expected to plead guilty Thursday to running a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, may not be the only one to go to jail for the massive fraud that he allegedly masterminded. A piece by Lucinda Franks, posted Tuesday night on The Daily Beast, suggests that the feds are focusing their attention on some 20 possible co-conspirators, who are divided into three groups. Franks writes:

Speaking of Mrs. Madoff: The 67-year-old matriarch, who withdrew some $15.5 million in the weeks leading up to her husband’s arrest, will no longer be represented by her husband’s lawyer, Ira Sorkin. Given the increased scrutiny over her role as a company bookkeeper, she’s apparently decided to retain a lawyer of her own.

And as for Sorkin, as long as he continues to defend Mr. Madoff, he can expect to be a target of much of the public rage against his client. The lawyer, whom the Forward profiled back in January, is the subject of a New York Times article. The piece details the angry messages that fill Sorkin’s email and voicemail boxes. One message, The Times reports, was particularly hateful. It read: “As one Jew to another, I deeply regret that the Sorkin family did not perish in the Nazi death camps.”

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