Jewish Journal

Bernard Madoff gives first jailhouse interview

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 28, 2009 | 7:07 pm

I was really hoping to get Bernard Madoff’s first jailhouse interview, but I’m not sure he was fond of the coverage I’d given him. But, apparently in the interest of protecting his wife, Madoff was willing to open up to a lawyer representing one of the many victims suing him.

ABCNews.com has the story, which describes Madoff as “buff looking”—guess he’s enjoying his time in the prison yard. Here’s the word:

“There were several times that I met with the SEC and thought ‘they got me,’” Madoff told Joseph Cotchett, a San Francisco lawyer threatening to sue his wife, sons and brother on behalf of a group of victims.

Cotchett said he and his partner, Nancy Fineman, met with Madoff for four and a half hours Tuesday afternoon at the federal prison in Butner, NC, where Madoff is serving his 150-year sentence.

“He looked pretty good and seems to be working out,” said Cotchett. “He looked a lot better than he has in some months since I’ve seen photographs of him.”

Cotchett said Madoff was “very articulate, very direct” and did not appear to hold back anything. “He talked about how he pulled it off, how many years he got away with it,” the lawyer said.

A bit more here.

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