Sunday, January 20, 2013

Judge delays sending Jewish swindler to prison so he can attend his granddaughter's bat mitzvah

The prison-bound brother of Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff has attended his granddaughter's bat mitzvah in New York. Peter Madoff was sentenced in December 2012 to 10 years in prison for his role in the massive Ponzi scheme. The judge delayed his lockup date so he could attend the Jewish ceremony. The 67-year-old pleaded guilty in June 2012 to charges that he created false documents while he was chief compliance officer at his brother's firm. Thousands of investors lost about $20 billion. Peter Madoff said a brief prayer in Hebrew and touched his lips to the Torah during the ceremony.

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