Sandy Koufax Among Madoff's Victims

Madoff's defense lawyer was a victim of the Ponzi scheme according to court papers.

The names of several thousand clients who lost money investing with Bernard Madoff have been released in a court filing that reads like a Who's Who: former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, actor Kevin Bacon and even Madoff's defense lawyer.

The names, including those of Madoff's relatives, numerous celebrities, dead people and charitable institutions, are listed on a 162-page document filed late Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.

Each page carries 84 single-spaced lines. Some customers are listed multiple times, presumably because they had multiple accounts. The amount each person or institution invested with Madoff isn't listed.

Among the notable names on the list are the Wilpon family, owner of the New York Mets, John Denver, John Malkovich and Larry King. Madoff even stiffed his own lawyer, Ira Lee Sorkin. Others include Madoff's wife, sons, brother and other relatives.

The list was compiled by AlixPartners LLP, a Dallas company hired as claims agent by the trustee overseeing the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

Prosecutors say Madoff admits he lost more than $50 billion belonging to investors. Defense lawyers say he has cooperated with authorities to help identify assets.

Madoff hasn't been indicted. He's being held under house arrest at his multimillion-dollar penthouse.

A complete list of investors that the self-admitted criminal scammed is available via the New York Post [pdf file.]

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