Bernie Madoff will not be receiving a get out of free jail card in order to attend the funeral of his eldest son Mark Madoff. The ponzi schemer is opting to stay safely behind bars in order to allow his daughter-in-law and grandkids to mourn in relative peace.
The elder Madoff will instead pay tribute to his son from the prison in North Carolina where he’s currently serving a 150-year sentence for fraud after bilking investors out of billions of dollars.
“Mr. Madoff will not be attending the funeral out of consideration for his daughter-in-law’s and grandchildren’s privacy,” his attorney Ira Sorkin said in a statement. “He will be conducting a private service on his own where he is presently incarcerated.”
Mark Madoff committed suicide on the two-year anniversary of his father’s arrest. Since Bernie’s incarceration, the younger Madoff had insisted that he had no knowledge of his dad’s shenanigans.
Bernie Madoff could have asked the courts for a furlough in order to attend his son’s funeral which would have turned the somber event into an opportunity for angry investment victims to take their ire out on the mourning Madoff family.