Madoff: I can't believe I got away with it for so long


Just when we thought that the twisted tale of Bernie Madoff story had come to an end, America's favorite white collar criminal is once again in the headlines. On Tuesday, Madoff met with his first guests since moving to the federal correctional complex in Butner, North Carolina. In a four and a half hour interview with San Francisco attorneys Joseph Cotchett and Nancy Fineman, he answered all of the lawyers' questions, expressing surprise that the scheme lasted as long as it did.

Cotchett, who represents a group of Madoff's victims, indicated that the famed Ponzi schemer was looking healthy and was apparently working out. He especially noted Madoff's candor and eagerness to talk. Following his December 2007 confession, Madoff's lawyers advised him to refuse to speak with the FBI. Perhaps, now that he is in jail, there remains little reason for him to maintain his silence.

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