Friday, 9 January 2009

Madoff runs off with UK cash

It appears that Madoff made off with some money over here in the UK:

Bernard Madoff ordered his UK company to transfer about £100m to his US firm just weeks before he allegedly confessed to running a $50bn fraud scheme, two former employees of Madoff Securities International said.

Mr Madoff, who chaired the UK firm and owned 89 per cent of it, called the office in London’s West End on November 12 and told employees that he was nervous about sterling and wanted to move £100m ($150m) of the firm’s capital from gilts into US Treasury bonds, one source said.

So Bernie was worried also about sterling. It is a wonder he had time to think about the declining value of the pound while running the greatest ponzi scheme in history. Obviously, he could multi-task.

Finally, a quick question; I assume that the FSA had a close eye on Madoff and his financial machinations. Or was this another case of the FSA's infamous "light touch."

1 comment:

roy said...

light touch= don't touch