Manhattan Federal Court Judge Denny Chin threw the book at Bernie Madoff, he gave him the maximum penalty, 150 years in prison.
“Here, the message must be sent that Mr. Madoff’s crimes were extraordinarily evil,” Chin said. “This kind of manipulation of the system is not just a bloodless crime that takes place on paper, but one instead that takes a staggering toll.”
Bernie Madoff, engineered a $65 billion dollar fraud scheme that rocked the financial world to its core.
Madoff’s sentence will be little consolation to his many victims, who include Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, Mets owner Fred Wilpon, talk show host Larry King, studio exec Jeffrey Katzenberg, actor Kevin Bacon and famed director Pedro Almodovar.
Madoff also ripped off millions from major Jewish organizations, including Yeshiva University, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and the Gift of Life Foundation, a Jewish bone-marrow registry.
As one victim put it, Bernie Madoff stole from the rich, the poor and the in between, he even stole from a Nobel Prize-winning Holocaust chronicler Elie Wiesel.
Here’s a link to the NY Daily New’s article ” Bye, Bye Bernie.”