It would be hard to blame former investors if they saw dollar signs the moment Jeffry Picower turned up dead in the pool of his Palm Beach mansion. After all, the billionaire was among the most prominent feeders of investment money to Madoff and received some of the most massive profits, a status ... More >>
miamiarchdiocese.orgKnighted by the Miami Archdiocese, Michael Bienes may have to duel with the government's new witness.Manhattan accountant Frank DiPascali confessed this week to his role in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, and he just might be the snitch that federal prosecutors have been wait ... More >>
Bad news for Madoff associates -- some of whom reside in Broward and Palm Beach Counties -- who were hoping Bernie would take his secrets to the grave. Hot from the AP wire:A lawyer for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme says the financier told him during a 4 1/2-hour prison interview plenty o ... More >>
Schadenfreude-starved followers of the Palm Beach pirate may be delighted to hear this, from an inmate at Madoff's prison in Butner, North Carolina, courtesy the New York Post:"Some of the guys were talking about smacking him around a little, just
to get the notoriety of it."But don't get your hopes ... More >>
For the new U.S. attorney, who will come from among the 16 names on this list, busting financial fraud will be the top priority in South Florida federal courts. And although those cases are endlessly complex, it's fairly simple to get an overview of the region's candidates for criminal prosecution: ... More >>
Yesterday morning's headline on the top of the front page of the Sun-Sentinel was, "5 Guilty In Sears Tower Plot." This morning's lead headline is: "Desperation Turns Deadly Off Florida."
They are connected in a way, because both are about Haitians. The first about several Haitians from Liberty Cit ... More >>
[REMINDER: PBS Frontline show on Bernie Madoff and his lieutenants, Frank Avellino and Michael Bienes, is on tonight at 9 10 p.m., including an interview with Bienes, the Fort Lauderdale "philanthropist" and backer of the Broward County Library, Holy Cross Hospital, St. Thomas Aquinas, and other loc ... More >>
Former Fort Lauderdale "philanthropist" and Bernie Madoff money man Michael Bienes gave an interview to the PBS investigative news show Frontline, and it looks to be a doozy. Here's a snippet:
In it Bienes, who was a member of the Broward arts board and has his name on plaques all over town (inc ... More >>
This morning, MSNBC interviewed one of the many, many victims of Bernard Madoff, who entered his guilty plea to 11 felony charges this morning so he can go to prison to die. The victim, Peter Moskowitz, asks a good question: Is Madoff being a good general, jumping on the proverbial grenade to save a ... More >>
The full list of Bernie Madoff fraud victims has been released by the court and among them is St. Thomas Aquinas High, the football powerhouse private Catholic school in Fort Lauderdale.
Listed as the representative for the St. Thomas account is Monsignor Vincent Kelly, who als ... More >>
You want to know how you would have been living if you'd hooked up with Bernie Madoff and started illegally raising for him right at the swindler's start in the 1960s?
You have to look at how Fort Lauderdale's Michael Bienes lived. I've written a lot about the philanthropist who claims he, too, ha ... More >>
When it comes to $50 billion swindler Bernie Madoff's cronies in Broward County, we know about Michael Bienes and Frank Avellino. Now we can add the name Michael D. Sullivan to the list. Sullivan for years has been running a feeder fund for Madoff in his office on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdald. ... More >>
Bienes Knighted By Catholic Church
Well, the Sun-Sentinel, apparently in a panic over the New York Times beating it to the story, finally reported on the connection between Fort Lauderdale philanthropist Michael Bienes and his partner, Frank Avellino, to Bernie Madoff, the $50 billion Po ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale developer Sean Michaels is implicated in a corruption scandal in sleepy southern Levy County, Florida that has already led to several indictments, including W.S. "Sammy" Yearty, the dean of the county commission.
A federal indictment shows that Mic ... More >>
Michael Bienes, the fabulously wealthy Fort Lauderdale benefactor, abruptly resigned from the Performing Arts Center Authority board Wednesday with a one-sentence letter, according to a center spokeswoman.
"We received the letter yesterday which said he was resigning, effective immediate ... More >>
Michael Bienes doesn't make a lot of news and hasn't been involved much in local politics, but if you look around you'll see the tall and seemingly kindly Fort Lauderdale multi-millionaire's name all over the place.
At Holy Cross Hospital, there's the Michael and Diann ... More >>