|Fellow Inmates Worship Madoff in Prison|
|by Tom McGregor||Mon, Jun 7, 2010, 10:16 AM|
Bernie Madoff is serving time in a federal penitiary in Butner, North Carolina for running a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme that nearly destroyed the United States' financial industry. He's been demonized by victims, the media and nearly everybody else.
Nonetheless, he has a fan club, his fellow inmates in prison, who idolize him as a financial guru, and a living example of a con-artist who stole billions of dollars to live the high-life and nearly got away with it. Mr. Madoff feels no guilt for his crimes, either.
According to the New York Post, "Madoff, 71, has become a folk hero to most of his fellow inmates - but when an inmate lashed out at the disgraced Ponzi schemer for his $65 billion theft, Madoff barked, 'F*** my victims, I carried them for 20 years, and now I'm doing 150 years.' New York magazine reports in its issue on sale tomorrow."
Another convict, feeling a pang of conscience, confronted Madoff, claiming that stealing from old ladies was "kind of f***ed up," to which Madoff cooly replied, "well, that's what I did."
Another former convict informed the magazine that Madoff once boasted he could spin a globe, place his finger anywhere on it "and chances are he had a house there or he'd been there."
As reported by the NY Post, "yet another prisoner recalled watching 60 Minutes segment about Madoff with Madoff, and remarking, admiringly that he bilked his clients for millions. Madoff corrected him: "No, billions."
His massive Ponzi scheme has his fellow inmates paying homage to him as a criminal legend, who succeeded where they could not, which plays in accordance with their twisted world view.
One inmate said, "if I'd live that well for 70 years, I would not care that I ended up in prison."
Nowadays, Madoff makes a living by sweeping the commisary floor for the prison for 14 cents an hour. He earlier made a request to be put in charge of the budget for the prison landscaping crew, but his request was denied by the warden.
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