MADOFF VICTIMS TO GET $342M IN 2017 PAYOUTS
Bernard Madoff ’s victims are set to receive a combined $342 million payout from the trustee unwinding his epic Ponzi scheme, financed in part by a settlement with the estate of one of the con man’s oldest friends, the late Beverly Hills billionaire Stanley Chais.
The distribution, if approved by a judge, would be the eighth since Madoff ’s arrest on Dec. 11, 2008. Trustee Irving Picard’s lawsuits and settlements with banks and wealthy investors have recovered about $11.5 billion for thousands of victims who lost $17.5 billion in principal.
The latest round of checks is being funded by settlements reached in recent months with investors who profited from the scam, including Chais’s estate, which agreed in October to pay $277 million to resolve claims against the money manager who funneled cash from his own customers into Madoff ’s Ponzi scheme. Chais, who died in 2010, wasn’t charged with wrongdoing.
The proposed distribution will be considered for approval on Jan. 12 hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.
Madoff, 78, pleaded guilty to fraud in 2009 and is serving a 150-year sentence. Five of his top employees were convicted at a 2014 trial of aiding the scam.