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The Vast Amount That We Don't Know About The Madoff Matter.

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Message Lawrence Velvel

July 8, 2009

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Re: The Vast Amount That We Dont Know About The Madoff Matter.

My memory may be faulty, but I do not remember a major crime in which, at the times of plea and sentencing of the lead culprit, the details of what happened, of what was done, were as little known publicly (and perhaps to investigators) as in Madoff. Consider:

We do not know when or why the Ponzi scheme started. The government has said it started at least as early as the 1980s. But does it go back even further -- does it go back to the 1970s or even the 1960s? Court papers filed by governmental or quasi governmental bodies say that Madoff was friends of (and used) certain co-culprits like Sonny Cohen and Stanley Chais since the 1970s and 1960s. Were they present at the creation, so to speak? Was the fraud a mutual plot? -- from the beginning? Was it conceivably even something hatched initially in the office of Madoffs father-in law in the early 1960s, when <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Avellino and Bienes started funneling money to Madoff? Nobody knows about this, unless the government has learned the facts but isnt disclosing them yet.

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