Ruth Madoff just wants to be left alone.
There goes the neighborhood. Some residents of Old Greenwich, Connecticut are not pleased to learn that they have been joined by none other than Ruth Madoff, wife of the notorious Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff.
Victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme aren’t impressed with Ruth Madoff’s publicity blitz. They wish she and son Andrew Madoff would keep quiet about the scam.
The 10.5-carat diamond ring that once graced Ruth Madoff’s hand, and the Steinway piano that once graced her living room are likely gone for good. But the elaborately draped, four-poster bed that she slept in alongside the world’s most famous Ponzi schemer could soon be hers again — that is, if the woman who purchased it Saturday at an auction of Madoff family possessions is serious.
Ruth Madoff’s recent turn of fortunes fascinates me; it also makes me wonder if she deserves to lose nearly everything she has.
After Judge Denny Chin threw down a hefty 150 year sentence to Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff, his wife, Ruth, who has remained quiet in her posh Upper East Side penthouse throughout the entire situation — except when she made the mistake of leaving her home in March to buy cheese — finally broke her silence on the matter. Her statement follows:
As the government talks about seizing her assets, did Ruth Madoff throw caution to the wind — and go on a shopping spree in New York City? The short answer is no, but the paparazzi mistook Hugh Jackman’s wife, the actress Deborra-Lee Furness, for 67-year-old Ruth Madoff on the streets of New York City yesterday. In a video posted on the gossip Web site TMZ, a paparazzo claims the mix-up had something to do with Furness’s sunglasses. Perhaps, it also had something to do with the glut of shopping bags the actress was toting.
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: