FROM Diana Henriques
$7 Billion Settlement for Madoff's Victims Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme defrauded investors of some $20 billion, and a trustee for the victims wants to recover $32 billion, including punitive damages. Today, Preet Bharara, the US Attorney in New York, announced a $7 billion settlement with the widow of Madoff investor Jeffrey Picower. Diana Henriques is senior financial writer for the New York Times .
Bernie Madoff Receives the Maximum Sentence of 150 Years There was a burst of applause in a Manhattan courtroom today when federal Judge Denny Chin gave financial swindler Bernard Madoff the maximum term of 150 years in prison. For a 71-year-old man, even the minimum would have been a life sentence. Judge Chin said he was sending some messages. One of Madoff's victims, Burt Ross, told reporters he lost $5 million and cited Dante's Inferno, which assigns violators of trust to the lowest depths of hell. Diana Henriques is senior financial writer for the New York Times .
Bernard Madoff: Behind Bars After pleading guilty to 11 felony counts in federal court today, Bernard Madoff did not go home to his Upper East Side apartment, but to jail, until he is sentenced on June 16. In the courtroom, he explained how his scheme worked and what he did with the money. Madoff cheated 4800 people out of billions of dollars. Is it possible he did it alone? How could the SEC have investigated and found nothing wrong? Is it enough to blame him? What's being done to make sure this doesn't happen again?
Bernard Madoff: Behind Bars Bernard Madoff told a federal court he was "ashamed" and "sorry," but that his massive Ponzi scheme was designed to "satisfy" his "clients." The judge accepted Madoff's guilty plea to 11 felony charges , revoked his bail and sent him to jail to await sentencing on June 16. Madoff cheated 4800 people out of billions of dollars. Is it possible he did it alone? How could the SEC have investigated and found nothing wrong? Is it enough to blame Madoff? What's being done to make sure this doesn't happen again?
Madoff Gets to Stay Home...for Now Bernard Madoff is accused of running a $50 billion investment-fraud scheme and he's violated conditions of his release on $10 million bail. But a US magistrate judge today refused the government's request to imprison Madoff until his trial. Diana Henriques is the senior financial writer for the New York Times .
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.