“Mini-Madoff” Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison
Florida hedge fund manager Arthur Nadel recently was sentenced to 14 years in prison, stemming from a $162 million Ponzi scheme. Nadel, 77, had pled guilty to 15 counts of securities fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. According to prosecutors, Nadel had defrauded investors by falsely claming that he was a successful attorney and trader, only later to spend their money to furnish his lavish lifestyle.
Nadel will serve his sentence at the same federal prison in North Carolina that houses famed inmate and Ponzi mastermind Berni Madoff. Madoff, 72, pled guilty to fraud charges last year after cheating investors out of billions of dollars. He is currently serving a 150-year sentence. Prior to surrendering to authorities in 2009, Nadel went on a two-week, cross-country trip, during which time he communicated in a letter to a family member that he anticipated that the press would call him “mini-Madoff”.”
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