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Edward Blumenfeld to pay out $62M to Madoff victims

New York developer invested $140M with scam artist

November 19, 2014 10:09AM

From left: Edward Blumenfeld, Bernard Madoff and Irving Picard

From left: Edward Blumenfeld, Bernard Madoff and Irving Picard

Developer Edward Blumenfeld has won court approval in a deal with trustee Irving Picard to pay out $62 million in fake profits to victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

The deal resolves a lawsuit from 2010 that accuses Blumenfeld and his wife of receiving $40 million in fraudulent profits, according to Bloomberg News, as well as accepting an $11 million transfer from the con man a few days before he was arrested in December 2008.

Blumenfeld runs the Long Island-based Blumenfeld Development Group, which built the East River Plaza in Harlem. The developer and his family invested about $140 million with Madoff across 38 accounts. Madoff, in turn, invested in Blumenfeld’s real estate ventures.

Earlier this week, Picard reached a $495 million settlement with two offshore funds that invested with Madoff, the website reported. Total recoveries for victims now stand at more than $10 billion, or about 60 percent of what was lost in the largest investment fraud scheme in U.S. history.[Bloomberg News] — Claire Moses

  • Presumingly all “recoveries” come with some third-party losing. So while the recovery rate may reach 60% for the bankrupt party, once you factor in all the clawbacks, legitimate or not, the overall recovery rate that takes into account third-party losses ought to be significantly lower, right?

  • David Brown

    Depends if you define losses as net cash invested (investment less money taken out) or loss of the ficitious profits.

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