Palm Beach, FL - Swindler Madoff's Stolen Statue Returned - with a 'Lesson'
Palm Beach, FL - Thieves calling themselves “The Educators” have returned a statue stolen from disgraced investment guru Bernie Madoff. And they hope the Wall Street money manager has learned his lesson.
The statue stolen from the megascammer’s $9.4 million Florida estate turned up yesterday near the country club where Madoff cultivated many of his victims in a $50 billion scam, bearing an ominous note.
“To Bernie (the swindler),” it read. “Lesson: Return stolen property to rightful owners. Signed by - the educators.”
Palm Beach police said the $10,000, 5-foot copper statue portraying two lifeguards sitting on a chair was found in bushes behind the Palm Beach County Club.
The statue, which had overlooked Madoff’s pool, was reported missing by a housekeeper on Dec. 22.
Madoff, 70, remains under house arrest at his swank $7 million East Side apartment while he awaits trial.
Meanwhile, he handed over to the Securities and Exchange Commission a detailed list of all his personal assets yesterday.
The SEC confirmed last night it had received the filing. SEC spokesmen said no decision had been made as to whether part or all of the asset disclosure would be made public.
One family of investors from Long Island yesterday filed another in a series of lawsuits against Madoff or hedge-fund operators who had funneled investors’ money to him.
Anthony, Maria and Toni Sciremammano, of Massapequa Park, said they lost nearly $2 million they had invested with Madoff since 1995.
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