Prisoner Madoff: 'F*** My Victims'

Ponzi schemer serving 150-year sentence becomes celeb in prison
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2010 11:50 AM CDT
Prisoner Madoff: 'F*** My Victims'
The Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, NC, where Bernard Madoff is serving his 150-year sentence, on July 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Bernie Madoff isn't wasting time fretting over the lives he ruined and the fortunes he destroyed. Shortly after he arrived at a federal prison in North Carolina last summer, another inmate was pestering him about the people he had duped, and the Ponzi schemer lost his patience. "f--- my victims,” he said, according to a New York magazine account based on interviews with two dozen other prisoners. "I carried them for twenty years, and now I’m doing 150 years."

Behind bars, inmate 61727-054 at medium-security "Camp Fluffy" is a celebrity, fielding autograph requests and palling around with a Mafia don and a high-profile spy. He pays another prisoner to do his laundry, and he has a job, even though he's old enough that it's not mandatory. He didn't get the position he initially wanted, though: budget clerk. "Hell, no,” a laughing prison official said. “I do my own budget. I know what he did on the outside."
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