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Posted: April 10, 2013 - Updated: April 14, 2013 03:04 AM PDT
Heart of Greed!
New York City, NY (WCJB) - Dr. Jose Katz, 68, a New York City cardiologist, with offices on Fifth Avenue and in New Jersey pleaded guilty to falsifying charts diagnosing patients with angina and other heart ailments so he could prescribe extra tests and treatments when hundreds of patients did not need them. Katz admits he intentionally misdiagnosed up to 80 percent of his patients with heart problems so he could collect millions in extra Medicare money. Katz's crimes went on from at least 2004 through 2012. In court Wednesday he agreed his actions could have caused "serious bodily harm" to his patients. Katz said he performed many so-called EECP procedures based on false diagnoses to overbill Medicare and private insurers like Blue Cross and Aetna. He also admitted creating a no-show job in his office in order to rip off more than $250,000 in Social Security benefits.
In court, Katz told the judge as a doctor he had "done everything he could to help patients." His resume said he is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, but a spokeswoman said he has not been linked there since 2003. The judge told him he would have time to speak at sentencing set for July 23. Katz faces up to 10 years in prison on the conspiracy to commit health care fraud charges.After the court hearing, Katz and his attorney, Blair Zwillman, left the courthouse admitting mistakes were made but insisting Katz always cared for his patients. He and his lawyer disagreed when prosecutors said some patients were at risk of death due to his actions.
In all, Katz admitted his scheme took in over $19 million. Prosecutors said it was the largest fraud ever executed by a single doctor in New York or New Jersey. "After years of prominence in his field, Jose Katz will now be remembered for his record-setting fraud," said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. Fishman said many patients who were exploited went to Katz's clinics, called Cardio-Med Services in Union City, Paterson and West New York. He also ran clinics called Comprehensive Healthcare in Manhattan and Queens. Prosecutors said he spent $6 million advertising on Spanish-language television and radio to try to lure in patients. Katz was born in Cuba but is a U.S. citizen. Fishman said investigators are attempting to contact all the patients affected by the fraud, who can also reach out to the New Jersey FBI or U.S. attorney's offices for additional information.
July 21, 2011 08:09 PDT
(FILE - The Dec. 30 1938 file photo shows German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and his personal representative Rudolf Hess, right, during a parade in Berlin, Germany, on Dec. 30, 1938. Minister of Propaganda Dr. Joseph Goebbels can be seen on the left side next to Hitler.)
BERLIN, Germany (AP) -- The bones of Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, have been removed from their grave in a small Bavarian town that had become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. Before dawn Wednesday, workers exhumed Hess's bones from the grave in the Wunsiedel cemetery, then cremated the remains and scattered them secretly at sea, cemetery administrator Andreas Fabel told The Associated Press. "The grave is now empty," he said on Thursday. "The bones are gone."
Hess was captured in 1941 when he parachuted into Scotland on a mission to negotiate peace between Britain and Germany. The attempt was denounced by Hitler, and Hess later told British authorities that the Nazi leader knew nothing of it.
In recent years, Hess has come to be seen as a martyr by the far-right and thousands of neo-Nazis have used the anniversary of his death as an occasion hold large rallies, with Wunsiedel — near the Czech border — often a focal point. Most such rallies have been banned since stricter laws were implemented in 2005, but the grave continued to attract far-right extremists to the town. With the lease on the burial plot coming up for renewal in October, Hess's relatives and Lutheran church authorities in the town decided it was best to remove the remains, Fabel said. "Both sides were in favor of it," he said.
Charlotte Knobloch, a German Jewish community leader, said the move sends a "clear message."
"I'm happy that the Nazi shadow over Wunsiedel has finally come to an end," she said.
Holocaust survivors welcomed the move.
"There is now one less place of evil in the world," said Elan Steinberg of the New York-based American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.
Hess was an early confidant of Hitler's, and, while Hitler was imprisoned in the 1920s, the Nazi leader dictated much of his infamous manifesto "Mein Kampf," or "My Struggle," to him.
Hess eventually rose to the position of deputy Nazi party leader, but by 1941 his influence with Hitler was waning. His flight to Scotland is widely seen by historians as an attempt to restore his importance.
Instead, Hitler said he was delusional and the British treated him as a prisoner of war.
At the Nuremberg trials after the war Hess was found innocent of war crimes and crimes against humanity, but sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against peace and conspiracy to commit crimes against peace.
Hess was the last inmate at Spandau Prison in then-West Berlin when he died on Aug. 17, 1987 at age 93. Allied authorities said he hanged himself with an electrical cord. The prison was demolished shortly afterward and the rubble secretly disposed of.
Hess was buried in his family plot in Wunsiedel, at his request.
Bernard Madoff & Co.
"The Jew can take the credit for having corrupted the Graeco-Roman world. Previously words were used to express thoughts; he used words to invent the art of disguising thoughts. Lies are his strength, his weapon in the struggle. The Jew is said to be gifted. His only gift is that of juggling with other people's property and swindling each and everyone. Suppose I find by chance a picture that I believe to be a Titian. I tell the owner what I think of it, and I offer him a price. In a similar case, the Jew begins by declaring that the picture is valueless, he buys it for a song and sells it at a profit of 5000 per cent. To persuade people that a thing which has value, has none, and vice versa—that's not a sign of intelligence. They can't even overcome the smallest economic crisis!"
Adolf Hitler, 5 November 1941
August 17, 2011
Miami, Florida (WCJB) -- The University of Miami says it's cooperating with an investigation into claims by an imprisoned former booster that he spent millions on improper gifts, entertainment and travel for Hurricanes athletes. "We will vigorously pursue the truth, wherever that path may lead, and I have insisted upon complete, honest, and transparent cooperation with the NCAA from our staff and students," the school's president, Donna Shalala wrote in an open letter Wednesday.
Shalala said she was "upset, disheartened and saddened" by the allegations leveled by Nevin Shapiro, a onetime Miami businessman now serving a 20-year federal prison term for fraud. Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports that he showered dozens of Miami players with cash and jewelry, paid restaurant and nightclub tabs and supplied prostitutes over an 8-year period -- and that several coaches were aware of the activity.
Shapiro was arrested in 2010 on charges of overseeing a Ponzi scheme that prosecutors eventually determined had totaled $930 million. He pleaded guilty to securities fraud and money laundering that September, and his accusations against Miami were part of his agreement to cooperate with prosecutors, his lawyer told media sources."
"They asked him to cooperate and come clean about what he did in his case and what other things he had done with his money, which was actually investor money," the lawyer said. "And that's when all of these matters regarding his relationship with the University of Miami and his financial relationship with the players came to be."
Charles Robinson, who interviewed Shapiro, called Shapiro "a mixed bag as a human being," but documents and former players have backed up some of his allegations. "I think that he did it because he felt like it was something that, you know, would not be stopped -- it would not be discovered," Robinson told media sources. "And frankly, I don't think he saw the harm in it, showing guys a good time and doling out benefits that he thought they deserved anyway because they're producing millions of dollars playing football for the University of Miami."
The NCAA, which regulates college sports, said it has been investigating Shapiro's claims for five months. NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a written statement that if true, the allegations show the need for "serious and fundamental change" in college sports, especially regarding the conduct of boosters and agents.
The Hurricanes open their football season September 5 against Maryland. Head Coach Al Golden, who was picked to lead the team in December, told reporters before practice Wednesday that he wanted to clear up the matter "as quickly as we can."
"This is a very complicated issue obviously, because of the source and because of the allegations," Golden said. "But again, I'm here to get to the bottom of it."
"It's really important to understand that we have a lot of guys in that locker room that do things the right way, that come from great families and have made good decisions," he added.
Bernard is Beaten'!
March 18, 2010
NEW YORK (WCJB) – Bernard Madoff (pictured left) the swindler who orchestrated a multibillion dollar fraud, was attacked by another inmate at the federal prison where he is serving a 150-year sentence, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing three people familiar with the matter. The report said that the attack occurred last December. After it, Madoff was moved to a low-security medical center for treatment, where he was treated for a broken nose, fractured ribs and cuts to his head and face, according to a felon currently at the prison in Butner, N.C. At the time of the incident last year, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said the disgraced financier was being treated for high blood pressure and dizziness. The Federal Bureau of Prisons and Ira Sorkin, a lawyer for Madoff, did not immediately return calls seeking comment on the Wall Street Journal report.
Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence at Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina after pleading guilty to a $65 billion investment fraud that bilked thousands of investors worldwide.
The Wall Street Journal said details of Madoff's injuries couldn't be independently verified. But it said another inmate who recently was released from Butner confirmed the assault. A third unnamed person did, too, according the report. The former inmate, who served time on drug charges, said the dispute centered on money the assailant thought he was owed by Madoff. The Wall Street Journal said the Bureau of Prisons told it that the incident had been investigated, including an interview with Madoff.
"In December he told staff he was not assaulted, and an investigation was completed following his statements, which corroborated his statements," the newspaper quoted Traci Billingsley, a Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman, as saying. "Not one inmate has told staff he was assaulted." Meanwhile, according to the former inmate, Madoff spends free time in the prison library on the weekends and often watches movies. Both inmates said Madoff socialized with reputed Colombo crime-family boss Carmine Persico, the newspaper reported.
December 25, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A defunct South Florida law firm run by an attorney now charged with operating a huge Ponzi scheme gave more than $6 million in the past year to charities and nonprofit groups. A federal bankruptcy court filing details contributions by the firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler to more than 100 organizations. Former firm CEO Scott Rothstein (pictured above left in this Nov. 5, 2009 file photo of attorney Scott Rothstein, left, and Gov. Charlie Crist (seated), FL-R.) has pleaded not guilty to racketeering and other charges stemming from what prosecutors say was a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme involving legal settlement investments. The biggest amount was more than $2.5 million to Rothstein's own Rothstein Family Foundation. Big donations also went to Boys and Girls Clubs, arts groups, Jewish organizations and several groups affiliated with professional athletes.
December 1, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WCJB) -- A once high-flying attorney who courted politicians and celebrities was arrested Tuesday on federal racketeering and fraud charges alleging he operated a $1 billion investment scheme involving phony legal settlements. (Jew) Lawyer Scott Rothstein (pictured, above left) was led into the Miami FBI office in handcuffs following his early morning arrest on five charges, including a violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO law, often used against the Mafia and other criminal organizations. Rothstein was also charged with wire fraud, money laundering, and mail and wire fraud conspiracy. The combined maximum prison term for convictions on all counts is 100 years, according to court documents.
A few hours after his arrest, Rothstein pleaded not guilty in federal court even though the information charging document -- rather than an indictment -- used by prosecutors typically means a defendant has agreed to eventually plead guilty. "There is no deal at this point in time," said Rothstein attorney. He added that Rothstein -- shackled and wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans in court -- intends to repay as many investors as possible. "At the end of the day, the people who deserve to get money back hopefully will," he said. Rothstein was ordered held without bail by U.S. Magistrate (Jew) Robin Rosenbaum, who noted that Rothstein had wired some $16 million to a bank account in Morocco and flew on a chartered jet there in late October before returning to Florida. Rothstein carried up to $500,000 in cash on that trip, she said citing evidence from prosecutors. "At least at some point, [Jew] Rothstein intended to flee," (Jew) Rosenbaum said.
The charging document cites unnamed "other conspirators" who also played key roles in the fraud, suggesting that more people could face charges. The document also said that (Jew) Rothstein paid "gratuities" to unidentified police officials "to deflect law enforcement scrutiny" of his activities. The criminal case was seen as inevitable after (Jew) Rothstein returned from Morocco early last month amid mounting questions from investors and the FBI about missing money. Federal agents have seized (Jew) Rothstein's boats, including an 87-foot yacht, as well as 20 luxury cars and numerous other assets, including his share of the Miami Beach mansion formerly owned by fashion designer Gianni Versace. Prosecutors are also going after 21 homes and other properties linked to (Jew) Rothstein in Florida, New York and along Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.
Meanwhile, the once fast-growing (Jew) law firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler is defunct and (Jew) Rothstein has been disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court. Several investors have already filed lawsuits seeking their money back, including one case demanding more than $100 million in damages. (Jew) Rothstein promised huge returns on investments in legal settlements he said would pay out over time. Prosecutors say most of the settlements never existed and that (Jew) Rothstein operated a Ponzi scheme, using money from new investors to pay older ones.
Shortly after the scandal broke, the Florida Democratic Party returned $200,000 in contributions from Rothstein and his law firm. The state Republican Party gave back $150,000, and Gov. Charlie Crist returned $9,600 that (Jew) Rothstein and his wife, Kim, had donated to Crist's campaign for the U.S. Senate. (Jew) Rothstein's office is filled with photos of him with politicians from around the country, including former President George W. Bush, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Arizona Sen. John McCain and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was also close to Miami Dolphins great Dan Marino and many South Florida business and community leaders.
Madoff Gets 150 Years!
Update: June 29, 2009
March 12, 2009 -- Bernard Madoff (pictured left, being escorted to jail)A federal judge rejected Bernard Madoff's plea for leniency Monday, sentencing the 71-year-old swindler to spend the rest of his life in prison for an "extraordinarily evil" fraud that took a staggering toll on thousands of victims.
U.S. District Judge Denny Chin cited the unprecedented nature of the multibillion-dollar fraud as he sentenced Madoff to the maximum of 150 years in prison, a term comparable only to those given in the past to terrorists, traitors and the most violent criminals. There is no parole in federal prison so Madoff will most likely die there.
"Here, the message must be sent that Mr. Madoff's crimes were extraordinarily evil and that this kind of irresponsible manipulation of the system is not merely a bloodless financial crime that takes place just on paper, but it is instead ... one that takes a staggering human toll," Chin said.
The massive Ponzi scheme run by Madoff since at least the early 1990s demolished the life savings of thousands of people, wrecked charities and shook confidence in the U.S. financial system.
The actual loss so far has been put at $13.2 billion. But the judge said that was a conservative estimate and noted that even Madoff told his sons in December it was a $50 billion fraud.
Madoff Pleads Guilty
Update: March 16, 2009
NEW YORK – Bernard Madoff's wife could theoretically claim more than $100 million in assets — and should forfeit it all, according to federal prosecutors. The move by prosecutors seeks the court's help in recovering $22 million in Madoff properties, all of which are solely in Ruth Madoff's name except for one $3 million property. It also seeks $62 million in cash and securities in her name, $10 million in furnishings in the properties and $10 million for a yacht and other boats.
The assets that the government hopes to seize include four properties, $10 million in home furnishings and a $7 million yacht in France. The court document did not mention $2.6 million in jewelry, but the government did say it would seek forfeiture of "all insured and readily salable personal property" in any of the Madoff properties.
March 12, 2009 -- Bernard Madoff (pictured above left, being escorted to jail) was jailed after admitting he masterminded the largest Ponzi scheme in history, an epic swindle that may have reached $65 billion and made him the symbol of investor distrust in a global recession. Madoff told the judge his Ponzi scheme began in the early 1990s in response to a recession. Investigators are still undertaking the daunting task of unraveling how he pulled off the fraud for decades without being caught.
Madoff, 70, entered his guilty plea in Manhattan federal court three months after confessing to relatives that his firm, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, was “one big lie.” U.S. District Judge Denny Chin, noting his means to flee and an incentive to do so because of his age, ordered that Madoff, who has been free on $10 million bond, should be jailed while awaiting sentencing. He faces as much as 150 years in prison.
Bernard Madoff in Action - October 2007
Here is a list of 11 felony charges brought by federal prosecutors against Bernard Madoff:
• Count 1: Securities fraud. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison; fine of the greatest of $5 million or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense; restitution.
• Count 2: Investment adviser fraud. Maximum penalty: Five years in prison, fine and restitution.
• Count 3: Mail fraud. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison, fine and restitution.
• Count 4: Wire fraud. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison, fine and restitution.
• Count 5: International money laundering, related to transfer of funds between New York-based brokerage operation and London trading desk. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison, fine and restitution.
• Count 6: International money laundering. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison, fine and restitution.
• Count 7: Money laundering. Maximum penalty: 10 years in prison, fine and restitution.
• Count 8: False statements. Maximum penalty: Five years in prison, fine and restitution.
• Count 9: Perjury. Maximum penalty: Five years in prison, fine and restitution.
• Count 10: Making a false filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Maximum Penalty: 20 years in prison, fine and restitution.
• Count 11: Theft from an employee benefit plan, for failing to invest pension fund assets on behalf of about 35 labor union pension plans. Maximum penalty: Five years in prison, fine and restitution.
A sentencing date of June 16, 2009 has been set.
Prosecutors had asked for him to be jailed immediately after he pleaded guilty Thursday to a worldwide financial swindle. They say he robbed investors of billions of dollars. Prosecutors say the disgraced financier, who has spent three months under house arrest in his $7 million Manhattan penthouse, could face a maximum term of 150 years in prison at sentencing on June 16.
Madoff earlier told the judge he "cannot adequately express" how sorry he is. Madoff spoke softly but firmly to the judge as he pleaded guilty to 11 charges in his first public comments about his crimes since the scandal broke in early December.
"I am actually grateful for this opportunity to publicly comment about my crimes, for which I am deeply sorry and ashamed," he said.
"As the years went by, I realized my risk and this day would inevitably come. I cannot adequately express how sorry I am for my crimes."
Madoff Requests Prosecutors Allow him to Retain $62 Million!
Madoff is appealing U.S. District Judge Denny Chin's decision to send him to jail pending sentencing on June 16. Madoff's lawyers say he is not a flight risk and should be allowed to stay confined to his $7 million apartment, where he had been secluded except for court appearances the last three months.
Madoff described his crimes after he entered a guilty plea to all 11 counts he was charged with, including fraud, perjury, theft from an employee benefit plan, and two counts of international money laundering.
He told the judge that he believed the fraud would be short-term and that he could extricate himself. He implicated no one else in his court statement.
The scheme evaporated life fortunes, wiped out charities and apparently pushed at least two investors to commit suicide. Victims big and small were swindled by Madoff, from elderly Florida retirees to actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.
Two investors who spoke at the hearing said they opposed the guilty plea. One said she wanted it to wait until the lost money is found.
DeWitt Baker, an investor who says he lost more than a million dollars with Madoff, called it "fantastic" that Madoff's bail was revoked but brushed off the apology.
"I don't think he has a sincere bone in his body," said DeWitt, who noted that prison time would be too good for Madoff.
"I'd stone him to death," he said.
George Nierenberg, the first of the three investors to speak, approached the podium glaring at Madoff, then said in the financier's direction: "I don't know if you had a chance to turn around and look at the victims." Madoff did not look at any of the three investors who spoke at the hearing, even when Nierenberg turned in his direction and tried to address him.
Madoff's Close Connection with Regulators!
Court papers say Madoff hired many people with little or no training or experience in the securities industry to serve as a secretive "back office" for his investment advisory business. He generated or had employees generate "tens of thousands of account statements and other documents through the U.S. Postal Service, operating a massive Ponzi scheme," prosecutors said.
Madoff's plea was absent a cooperation agreement that would have required him to name potential co-conspirators. But in court documents, prosecutors have indicated that low-level employees were in on the scam and may be cooperating. They suspect that his family and top lieutenants who helped run his operation from its midtown Manhattan headquarters may have been involved.
By all accounts, Bernard Madoff isn't talking. And his wife, his sons, his brother and other key employees have lawyered up. That means it could be a while before anyone else is arrested and the full extent of Madoff' vast swindle comes to light. Given the size of the paper trail — a $65 billion scam, 5,000 victims and monthly statements going back nearly two decades — experts say it could be six months to a year before charges are bought against any accomplices.
The FBI has refused to discuss the status of the investigation. But experts say it's certain Madoff's closest relatives and associates are high on authorities' list of people who may have known what was going on.
Among those under scrutiny is Madoff's wife, Ruth, who withdrew $15.5 million from a Madoff-related brokerage firm in the weeks before Madoff's Dec. 11, 2008 arrest, including a $10 million withdrawal on Dec. 10, 2008.
Madoff in Jail
Bernard Madoff's new Manhattan home (pictured left) is the size of a walk-in closet, with cinderblock walls, linoleum floors and a bunk bed. Breakfast will be served before sunrise, and the disgraced financier can stretch his legs outside, but only every other day — in a cage. The Metropolitan Correctional Center, which has housed accused terrorists and reputed mobsters, welcomed the 70-year-old Madoff on Thursday after he pleaded guilty in one of Wall Street's biggest investment swindles and a judge revoked his bail. Many inmates must share their cells with another prisoner, but it was not immediately clear Thursday whether Madoff would have a cellmate.
There's a strict schedule: Lights on at 6 a.m., breakfast at 6:30 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m., dinner at 5 p.m., lights out at 11 p.m. During the day, inmates can watch television, play ping pong, work on their cases in a legal library or volunteer for janitorial duty. On alternate days, they are allowed up on the caged roof, where from courthouse windows they can be seen playing basketball. For court dates, they are shackled and escorted by deputy marshals through an underground tunnel. The facility alots three hours a week for visits by family or lawyers. Inmates can also spend up to 300 minutes per month making phone calls, which can be monitored. Those who misbehave or present a risk of violence are thrown into a separate unit where they spend nearly all day locked in their cells and must endure strip searches and constant monitoring by cameras.
The federal jail in lower Manhattan stands between a courthouse and a church and holds inmates awaiting trial or serving short sentences. Currently, about 750 men and women are behind bars there. Notable inmates have included blind sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was sentenced to life in prison for plotting to blow up five New York landmarks and assassinate Egypt's president, and John "Junior" Gotti, the Gambino crime family scion now jailed in Brooklyn on murder charges. Current inmates include former Florida hedge fund manager Arthur Nadel, who is accused of bilking investors out of up to $350 million.
Prison Life for Madoff
Madoff is likely to spend years, possibly the rest of his life, in a low-security federal prison doing daily prison chores after he is sentenced in June, experts said on Friday. It will be up to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, not the judge, to determine where Madoff would be incarcerated after sentencing. The judge and Madoff can weigh in, making requests such as the type of facility and a location preferably near his New York home. Legal experts say it is most likely the 70-year-old disgraced money manager would be sent to a low-security federal correctional institution (FCI) where inmates work at prison jobs and are housed in dormitories or cubicles. Such facilities are generally surrounded by double fences.
Legal experts say it is most likely the 70-year-old disgraced money manager would be sent to a low-security federal correctional institution (FCI) where inmates work at prison jobs and are housed in dormitories or cubicles. Such facilities are generally surrounded by double fences. For Madoff, "my guess would be a low-security FCI in the northeast region," said Avrom Robin, a criminal defense lawyer in New York. The two likeliest spots would be a facility in Fort Dix, New Jersey, about 40 miles from Philadelphia, or the Allenwood prison in central Pennsylvania, he said.
January 1, 2009
Reuters – Confessed swindler Bernard Madoff walks back to his apartment in New York December 17, 2008. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
Madoff, a 70-year-old investment adviser and former chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, was arrested on December 11 and charged with securities fraud. Authorities said Madoff confessed to running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme in which early investors were paid off with the money from new clients.
Hedge fund executive Ezra Merkin (a Jew) has been sued again for entrusting investments with confessed swindler Bernard Madoff, this time by New York University (A Jew University), which said it lost about $24 million.
The case is New York University v. Ariel Fund Ltd 08- 08603803 in New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan).
"The Funds 'feeding' money to Madoff, including Ariel, made a conscious effort to conceal Madoff's involvement from their own investors," the NYU lawsuit said. "This concealment was a requirement dictated by Madoff, which was agreed to by Merkin and other 'feeder' funds."
The Elie Wiesel [Jew] Foundation for Humanity lost more than 15 million dollars -- nearly all of its assets -- in the alleged fraud scheme run by Wall Street baron Bernard Madoff, the fund said Wednesday (12-24-08). "We are writing to inform you that the Elie Wiesel [Jew] Foundation for Humanity had 15.2 million dollars under management with Bernard Madoff Investment Securities," said the foundation, ..."
"This represented substantially all of the [Jew] Foundation's assets," it said. Wiesel, 80, a Nobel laureate and prolific author who survived the "Holocaust," created the foundation some 20 years ago to foster international dialogue and youth programs to teach tolerance [and get rich]. He is among dozens of wealthy Jews to have lost substantial amounts of money in Madoff's scheme. (Boo Hoo!)
Prosecutors say Madoff confessed to losing upwards of 50 billion dollars over years of running a pyramid scheme, where new investors were secretly fleeced to pay returns to earlier investors. The 70-year-old former chairman of the Nasdaq stock market and a mainstay of the powerful American Jewish community is currently free on bail of 10 million dollars as police continue their probe. [Madoff] has been confined to his $7 million Manhattan penthouse with an electronic bracelet and 24-hour guard.
Leandro Andrade (pictured left) a 44-year-old convict was given two sentences of 25 years-to-life for stealing nine children's videotapes. (CBS)
"California's three-strikes law says that if someone commits a third felony after committing two prior similar felonies, then the sentence is a mandatory 25 years to life. In such a case, Leandro Andrade was given not one but two sentences of 25 years-to-life for stealing nine children's videotapes, including "Snow White," "Cinderella" and "Free Willie 2." Under his sentence, Andrade will be 87 before being eligible for parole."
California's Three-Strikes Law:
Mr. Andrade was sentenced to [50-years-to] life in prison. It happened because California is the only state where a misdemeanor crime can be made into a third strike. They call it a “wobbler”: So long as the first two crimes were clearly felonies, then a third crime – be it stealing a bike or a pizza, as happened to others, or videos, can send a person to prison for 25 years to life.
Under the law, prosecutors and judges are able to review three strike cases in order to determine if imposing the mandatory minimum sentence would undermine the "furtherance of justice". When this occurs, a third striker is sentenced as a second striker, resulting in a doubled sentence instead of the minimum sentence of 25years to life. Consequently, this exercise of discretion by prosecutors and judges prevents undeserving offenders from being sentenced too harshly.
In fact, the notorious "pizza thief" (Jerry Williams)was a recipient of this discretion. Williams, who was originally sentenced to an indeterminate life sentence (for stealing a slice of pizza), later had his sentence reduced to six years. Citing his nonviolent criminal history, lack of weapon use, and relatively minor third strike offense, the sentencing judge agreed to strike a prior conviction in order to promote the interest of justice.
Note: It must be noted that California's 3-strike law has been implemented and enforced by the American Jewish (controlled) Judiciary, particularly in California.
See: Madoff Pleads Guilty! Ordered Jailed! (3-12-09)
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• Mehserle Makes Bail!!!(Updated May 18, 2009) January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot once (1) in the back!!)
• Tony Pirone, B.P.D.(Mehserle Accomplice - Jan. 1, 2009 Homicide)
• Johannes Mehserle, Killer Cop(Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
• The B.A.R.T. Shooting Investigation(The Investigation of Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
• The B.A.R.T. Aftermath (The Oakland Riots New (2009))
• B.A.R.T. Police, Racism, Homicide(Video of The Oakland New Year's Day (2009) Transit Shooting )
Sexually Offensive Judges
• Judge Jack Gifford, Retired, Solicitation
• Judge Ronald C. Kline, Child Pornography
• Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, Solicitation
Judges of Interest
• James J. Marchiano, Corrupt Judge
• Stuart Hing, Corrupt Judge (Recent Appointment)
• Douglas E. Swager, Corrupt Judge
• Martin Jenkins, Corrupt Judge ("Uncle Tom")
• David Bernard Flinn, Corrupt Judge
• John T. Noonan, Corrupt Judge of the 9th Circuit
• Former Judge Ralph B. Robertson, Racist
• Judge Kenneth R. Kingsbury, Ret., Racist, Corrupt
• Corrupt Judges, Frame-ups & Graft
• Judges of the Regents of the University of California