Clock Ticks For Bernie Madoff
While New Year's Eve revelers will be counting down the old year tomorrow, the clock at the SEC will be ticking for self-confessed Ponzi scammer Bernie Madoff.
Madoff, who told his sons earlier this month that his investment fund defrauded clients to the tune of as much as $50 billion, faces a Wednesday deadline to hand over all he knows about his bogus dealings to the SEC.
Most maddeningly for Madoff's ruined investors -- and those of us in the press -- the filing will be what the SEC terms a "non-public" one, so we won't know, at least right off, the scope of Madoff's legerdemain.
Then there is the question of credibility: Why should the SEC -- or anyone -- believe anything Madoff has to say or file regarding his sprawling scandal?
After all, this was not a one-time grift. In the business, what Madoff executed is called the "long con," or a complex swindle that involves a con man cozying up to his mark and gaining his confidence over a period of week, months or, in Madoff's case, years.
Federal investigators are already poring over Madoff's seized records and reportedly finding that he stashed millions of his ill-gotten loot in offshore accounts.
The feds will now compare Madoff's SEC filing with what they've found out on their own.
December 30, 2008; 1:53 PM ET
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