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Bernie Madoff Won't Attend Son Mark's Funeral

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff will not attend his son's funeral. 46-year-old Mark Madoff hanged himself in his New York City apartment on Saturday.

 

Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence at a prison in North Carolina. There was speculation that he would ask for permission to travel to New York for the funeral. But on Monday his lawyer said Madoff will not be there.

"Mr. Madoff will not be attending the funeral out of consideration for his daughter-in-law's and grandchildren's privacy," attorney Ira Sorkin said. "He will be conducting a private service on his own where he is presently incarcerated."

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Sorkin declined to say whether Madoff considered asking to attend his son's funeral.

Funeral arrangement have not been made public. In fact, as of Monday Madoff's body hadn't been picked up from the medical examiner's office for burial, office spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said.

Investigators are still studying the actions of Mark Madoff, as well as his brother and their uncle. They said they knew nothing about Madoff's swindling; however investigators are still trying to figure out how that was possible while serving in top positions at Madoff's firm.

In court papers, a lawyer for the sons has portrayed his clients as whistle-blowers who alerted authorities as soon as their father revealed the fraud to them. The sons and the uncle have not been charged, and authorities have said no charges are imminent.