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Madoff Will Plead Guilty To Nation’s Biggest Ponzi Scheme

Ira Sorkin, the lawyer for disgraced money manager Bernard “Bernie” Madoff, says his client will plead guilty to 11 criminal charges on March 12. His punishment: a potential prison term of 150 years.

On Dec. 11, Madoff, a former Nasdaq chairman, was arrested by federal authorities and accused of running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme in which billions of dollars from new investors allegedly were used to pay off older ones.

Madoff’s March 12 court appearance, where he is expected to enter a guilty plea and avoid going to trial, has been anticipated for months. At least 25 of Madoff’s victims are expected to speak.

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that one of Madoff’s assistants directed employees to produce fake trading tickets to mislead clients into thinking their investment returns were legitimate.

To date, authorities have located about $1 billion for investors burned by Madoff’s scam. 

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