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Author:  admin [ Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:12 pm ]

LEV L. DASSIN, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, JOSEPH M. DEMAREST, JR., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), and ALAN D. LEBOWITZ, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration ("DOL-EBSA"), announced the filing today of a Criminal Information in Manhattan federal court charging BERNARD L. MADOFF with eleven felony charges including securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, false statements, perjury, false filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and theft from an employee benefit plan. There is no plea agreement between the government and the defendant.

If found guilty of all counts, MADOFF, 70, faces a statutory maximum sentence of 150 years' incarceration. MADOFF is also subject to mandatory restitution and faces fines up to twice the gross gain or loss derived from the offense. The Criminal Information filed today also includes forfeiture allegations which would require MADOFF to forfeit the proceeds of the charged crimes, as well as all property involved in the money laundering offenses and all property traceable to such property. The statutory maximum sentences for each of the charged offenses are set forth in an attached chart.

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