Madoff workers concerned about ‘exit strategy’ in 2006: witness

Spooked by three audits in less than two years, several of Bernard Madoff’s employees grew concerned in 2006 about their fates if his massive Ponzi scheme came to light, a former Madoff aide testified on Tuesday. Among them, two computer programmers, Jerome O’Hara and George Perez, told an incensed Madoff in early 2006 that they would no longer alter trading records, and they later suggested getting paid off the books in diamonds, the former aide said. “They said they didn’t want their fingerprints on this crap any longer,” the aide, Frank DiPascali, said in federal court in New York. DiPascali was testifying at the trial of O’Hara, Perez and three other former Madoff employees who are accused of helping pull off a fraud that cost investors an estimated $17 billion.

    

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