Friday, January 02, 2009

Madoff's Missing Statue Found—With Note!

I saw that picture pop up while I was watching the news today! It was surreal, hilarious, and fantastic, especially since earlier I watched MAN ON WIRE, a documentary about Philippe Petit's illegal act(s) of genius.

from The Daily Telegraph:

Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff, who has been accused of masterminding $50 billion fraud scheme, has been handed an ethics lesson by thieves who stole a statue from his Florida mansion, and promptly returned it.

"Robbers who swiped a $10,000 (£6,900) statue from Mr Madoff's estate near Palm Beach, Florida on December 22, dropped it off at a nearby country club where the Wall Street money manager was a member, signing the return "The Educators."

Hanging from the four-foot statue, which depicts two lifeguards sitting on a raised stand, was a note, according to the Palm Beach Post.

"Bernie the Swindler, Lesson: Return Stolen Property to rightful owners. Signed by - The Educators," the note said.

The statue was not damaged and police are continuing their investigation of the robbery, the newspaper said.

The stunt mimics activity in the 2004 German film "The Edukators," in which revolutionary activists break into mansions - without stealing anything - and leave messages protesting against capitalist values.

Mr Madoff, 70, is under house arrest in his Manhattan apartment on a $10 million bail.

He is so far the only person charged in an alleged $ 50 billion Ponzi scheme in which major banks, wealthy private investors, universities and charities were among the victims."

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