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Madoff FBI Files Reveal How He Fooled His Own Employees

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Bernard Madoff

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Bernard Madoff, founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, leaves federal court in New York on March 10, 2009.

Bernard Madoff, founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, leaves federal court in New York on March 10, 2009. Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

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Jerome O'Hara

Jerome O'Hara

Jerome O'Hara, a former computer programmer for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, exits federal court in New York on June 21, 2011.

Jerome O'Hara, a former computer programmer for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, exits federal court in New York on June 21, 2011. Photographer: Rick Maiman/Bloomberg

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Frank DiPascali

Frank DiPascali

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An artist's sketch shows judge Richard Sullivan, second from left, presiding at a plea hearing for Frank DiPascali, the finance chief at Bernard Madoff's investment advisory business, center, in New York on Aug. 11, 2009.

An artist's sketch shows judge Richard Sullivan, second from left, presiding at a plea hearing for Frank DiPascali, the finance chief at Bernard Madoff's investment advisory business, center, in New York on Aug. 11, 2009. Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg. Artist: Christine Cornell via Bloomberg

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Daniel Bonventre

Daniel Bonventre

Daniel Bonventre, Bernard Madoff's former operations chief, exits federal court in New York on June 21, 2011.

Daniel Bonventre, Bernard Madoff's former operations chief, exits federal court in New York on June 21, 2011. Photographer: Rick Maiman/Bloomberg

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Annette Bongiorno

Annette Bongiorno

Annette Bongiorno, a former secretary at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, exits federal court in New York on June 21, 2011.

Annette Bongiorno, a former secretary at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, exits federal court in New York on June 21, 2011. Photographer: Rick Maiman/Bloomberg

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Joann Crupi

Joann Crupi

Joann Crupi, a former employee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, exits federal court in New York on Jan. 14, 2011.

Joann Crupi, a former employee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, exits federal court in New York on Jan. 14, 2011. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

After several drinks at a Greek restaurant on Manhattan's Third Avenue in the summer of 2006, two computer programmers at Bernard Madoff's investment firm asked their supervisor whether the boss's business was a scam.

Chief Financial Officer Frank DiPascali laughed off the question, telling George Perez and Jerome O'Hara that Madoff was honest. DiPascali would later tell the FBI he wondered why they took so long to ask.

His chronicle of the dinner, and the lengths to which Madoff went to convince employees that his massive fraud was a legitimate business, were revealed for the first time in FBI reports made public last week. Attached to court filings by ex- Madoff employees facing fraud charges, they contain interviews with DiPascali -- Madoff's chief aide -- who in 2009 pleaded guilty to his role in the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.

Once, when Perez and O'Hara confronted Madoff and asked why there was no sign of stock trades, Madoff exploded, DiPascali told the FBI.

"You are not going to tell me how to run my business," Madoff insisted during a meeting in the office of the firm's operations chief, Daniel Bonventre, according to DiPascali. "Trades occur overseas."

Madoff, 73, pleaded guilty to fraud in 2009 and is serving a 150-year term for cheating investors out of $ 20 billion in principal. Five employees -- Perez, O'Hara, Bonventre, Annette Bongiorno and Joann Crupi -- are accused of aiding Madoff in his fraud. Defense attorneys said they'll use DiPascali's comments to establish their clients were unaware of Madoff's scheme.

Starting in 1968

Bonventre and Bongiorno began working for Madoff in 1968, with Bongiorno rising to the level of supervisor and account manager. Crupi, an employee since 1983, tracked daily bank account activity, prosecutors said. Perez and O'Hara started at the firm in the early 1990s.

The five were arrested in 2009 and 2010. In addition to DiPascali, who began working for Madoff in 1975, former employees David Kugel, Enrica Cotellessa-Pitz and Eric Lipkin have pleaded guilty and are aiding prosecutors.

Most of the FBI reports are snippets of DiPascali's debriefings from mid-2009 to mid-2010, with one coming as recently as February. Yet to be sentenced and free on bail, DiPascali has been cooperating with the government.

His description in the heavily redacted files of the 2006 dinner is the most detailed account yet of how Madoff deceived subordinates.

A Crook?

Asked if his boss was a crook, DiPascali said he gave Perez and O'Hara the same explanation Madoff had given him.

"The explanation involved the idea that, because Madoff was trading not as an agent but as principal, making these trades out of his own inventory that was kept at various places overseas, he was able to allocate these trades to customers after the fact, back-date their trades, and do other things with the accounts a broker acting as an agent would not be able to do," the FBI report states. DiPascali "reassured them that Madoff had so many investments and assets."

Identified in some FBI reports only as "Individual," DiPascali dated Madoff's deception to the early 1970s, when Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC was housed in a small office on Wall Street. In their guilty pleas, Madoff and DiPascali traced the Ponzi scheme to the 1980s or later.

'Vocally Proclaim'

"Madoff would very vocally proclaim he had just had achieved great financial success with a deal he had been arranging in Europe or somewhere else," DiPascali told the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The report stated that "while not understanding it at the time, Individual eventually realized those pronouncements were calculated by Madoff to perpetuate" the impression that "trading activity was somehow backed up by his deals and investments overseas."

Early on, Madoff began planning for a fraud that might last for years, DiPascali told agents.

"Well before it actually happened," Madoff expected that outside auditors would want to see his firm's books, and he asked his lieutenant, DiPascali, to "start creating them," they wrote in an FBI report.

"To accomplish this task, Individual needed the expertise of O'Hara and Perez," the report stated. "Without revealing the true reason why Madoff wanted the records, Individual needed to come up with a plausible story as to why O'Hara and Perez needed to create records that they undoubtedly presumed already existed."

Fooling Auditors

DiPascali succeeded, convincing the programmers that auditors would require only a subset of data to be included on trade blotters they could produce, according to the FBI report. Still, DiPascali said he faced "an even larger hurdle" in persuading them to fabricate the actual data, one report states.

So DiPascali reminded Perez and O'Hara that Madoff's purported "split-strike" strategy entailed the purchase of large blocks of securities in piecemeal fashion, creating voluminous records that would confound outside auditors. To simplify matters, he told them he'd gather a list of Madoff counterparties.

"Then Individual, O'Hara and Perez could populate more detailed blotters, using the 'actual' counterparties with whom BLMIS traded, without it being necessary to replicate precisely the data associated with each trade," an FBI report states.

Jerika Richardson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in New York, and DiPascali's lawyer, Marc Mukasey, declined to comment on the FBI documents.

Grew Suspicious

Eventually, O'Hara and Perez grew suspicious. After dinner with DiPascali at the Greek restaurant, they confronted Madoff and urged him to quit the financial advisory business, DiPascali told the FBI.

"Madoff began by politely reminding them he had been doing this for 40 years, that they were computer programmers -- for an obsolete system no less -- and they simply did not understand what they were talking about," DiPascali told the FBI. Seated at a desk reviewing some figures, Madoff then regaled them with tales of his exploits in the industry, DiPascali said.

According to the FBI documents, it wasn't just O'Hara and Perez whom Madoff duped. Madoff told DiPascali to hide from Bonventre the refusal of O'Hara and Perez to participate in what the reports said were "special programming" projects. Crupi also appeared to have faith in Madoff, DiPascali told investigators.

"DiPascali surmised that Madoff may have fed Crupi the same tidbits of information as Madoff had fed to him over the years," leaving the impression that Madoff had "things under control," an FBI report states.

'A Home Run'

One of those tidbits was Madoff's occasional outburst that a stock upstairs at his offices in Midtown Manhattan -- where he ran a legitimate trading business -- had "hit a home run," DiPascali told the FBI. At other times, when Crupi asked why she was finding the prices of the stocks she was purportedly buying in the prior day's newspaper, Madoff told her "the trades were happening in the trading room even though she did not see them," DiPascali reported.

"Crupi had convinced herself over the years that Madoff had a vast array of assets all over the world," DiPascali told the FBI. "In Crupi's mind, Madoff was illiquid in 2008 because the worldwide economic downturn had tied up all of Madoff's assets."

After Madoff's arrest on Dec. 11, 2008, Crupi and Bonventre told authorities "exactly the same" story, one FBI report states. Asked why their comments matched, "DiPascali surmised that Madoff was probably telling Bonventre the same lies he told Crupi."

Lied to Subordinates

DiPascali lied to subordinates until the moment of Madoff's arrest, he told the FBI. The day before, after Madoff instructed him to issue checks to favored employees, DiPascali said he realized that he couldn't do so until convincing Bongiorno "to cash out" certain accounts.

"DiPascali needed to fabricate a story to convince Bongiorno," an FBI report states. "DiPascali did not know how Bongiorno would handle the truth" so he "concocted a story" about an upcoming audit that required her to cash out.

George Mehler, a lawyer for O'Hara, declined to comment, saying only that their court motion "speaks for itself." Bonventre's lawyer, Andrew Frisch; Bongiorno's attorney, Maurice Sercarz; and Perez's lawyer, Larry Krantz, declined to comment.

"There's presumably more to come," Crupi's lawyer, Eric Breslin, said of the FBI reports, submitted as part of the ex- workers' request that prosecutors disclose additional details about the government's allegations.

In papers filed with the FBI reports, the lawyers for Perez and O'Hara said the documents, which had been withheld for almost two years, "dramatically bolstered" their defense. They complained about multiple redactions in FBI reports and said they're now "in the dark" as to when their clients are accused of having learned of Madoff's fraud.

The disclosures "are nothing short of remarkable," Mehler and Krantz wrote. "Given this disclosure, the current indictment is hard to understand at all."

The case is U.S. v. Bonventre, 10-CR-228, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

To contact the reporters on this story: David Glovin in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan at dglovin@bloomberg.net; Bob Van Voris in Manhattan federal court at rvanvoris@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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(AP) NEW YORK - In the fall of 2010, the FBI and New York Police Department were working together on a terrorism investigation on Long Island. The cyber case had been open for more than a year at the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn. So, the Justice Department was surprised when, without notice, the NYPD went to federal prosecutors in Manhattan and asked them to approve a search warrant in the case.

The top counterterrorism agent at the FBI in New York at the time, Greg Fowler, hit the roof. When two agencies don't coordinate, it increases the risk that the investigation and any prosecution could be compromised.

In an email response, Fowler prohibited his agents from sharing information with the NYPD's intelligence unit. He also suspended the weekly management meetings of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the primary pipeline through which information flows to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. It slowed to a trickle.

The episode was recalled by current and former NYPD and FBI officials who, like most who discussed this issue, spoke on condition of anonymity to describe sensitive law enforcement cases. It was not merely a low point in a relationship already littered with low points. It highlights how the dysfunctional partnership jeopardizes cases and sometimes national security.

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The relationship between the FBI and the NYPD — particularly the NYPD Intelligence Division — is among the most studied collaborations in all law enforcement. In the New York media, the fighting and personalities are frequently covered like a dysfunctional celebrity marriage, with perceived betrayal and reconciliation spilling into the news.

The dispute is not trivial. At its core, it is based on fundamental disagreements between the nation's largest police force and the nation's premier counterterrorism agency. As the NYPD has transformed itself into one of the nation's most aggressive intelligence agencies and has spied on Muslims in ways that would be prohibited for the FBI, the rift has widened.

The result is that, in America's largest city, the NYPD and FBI are at times working at cross-purposes. Documents show that the NYPD conducted surveillance on mosques outside its jurisdiction, recording license plates of worshippers as they came and went. On its own, the NYPD has tried its hand at counterintelligence, the clandestine world that within the United States is run by the FBI under a presidential order.

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The issue is especially relevant now following criticism from the top FBI agent in New Jersey, who said the NYPD's spying in his state had jeopardized national security because it made people afraid to cooperate with law enforcement.

"When people pull back cooperation, it creates additional risks, it creates blind spots," Michael Ward said. "It hinders our ability to have our finger on the pulse of what's going on around the state, and thus it causes problems."

The NYPD rejects that argument, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said his department will operate anywhere in the United States if it believes it's necessary to prevent terrorism.

"The police department can follow leads and threats wherever they come from," Bloomberg said, adding that it was all legal. "They can go into any state."

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In the world of New York intelligence-gathering, there is perhaps no larger personality than David Cohen, the NYPD's irascible 69-year-old intelligence chief. Cohen was once one of the CIA's most senior analysts. To an analyst, one of the major pitfalls to be avoided is slipping into groupthink. When everyone endorses the conventional way of thinking, problems often arise.

Cohen similarly doesn't want the NYPD falling in line behind the FBI, according to those who have worked with him. The NYPD's lesson from the 9/11 terror attacks was that it could not trust counterterrorism to the federal government, so Cohen wants his team developing its own intelligence and chasing its own cases; if the FBI is doing the same thing, they eventually can combine their efforts.

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  • Trayvon Martin's family attends Wednesday's "Million Hoodie March" in New York
  • The 17-year-old was not armed when he was killed last month
  • His supporters are demanding the arrest of the shooter
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Sanford, Florida (CNN) -- Outrage over the killing of an unarmed Florida teenager grew nationwide Wednesday as at least 1,000 supporters of Trayvon Martin took to the streets of New York and a petition demanding the shooter's arrest amassed nearly 1 million signatures.

Members of Martin's family were among demonstrators in New York for a "Million Hoodie March," a reference to the attire the 17-year-old was wearing when he was shot.

"A black person in a hoodie isn't automatically suspicious," an online protest page says. "Let's put an end to racial profiling."

More than 900,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org demanding the arrest of the shooter, George Zimmerman.

Martin was fatally shot February 26 while walking to the house of his father's fiancee in Sanford, Florida, after a trip to a convenience store. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, said he shot the teen in self-defense.

Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged. A police report describes him as a white male; his family says he is Hispanic.

Demonstrators of all races crowded into New York's Union Square on Wednesday night, demanding justice. Many of them wore hoodies and carried Skittles, the candy Martin had bought on the night he was killed.

"I am Trayvon Martin!" the crowd chanted as they marched for about an hour, returning to Union Square. Others chanted, "I'm a suspicious person," a reference to the shooter's description of Martin to a 911 operator. A boy carried a sign that read, "Will I be next?"

"We will not go quietly into the night," Benjamin Crump, the Martin family's attorney, told the protesters. "We have to make sure we understand what happened so we can never let this tragedy happen again."

"No justice, no peace!" the crowd chanted.

"George Zimmerman took Trayvon's life for nothing," the teenager's father, Tracy Martin, told the demonstrators. "Our son did not deserve to die. There's nothing that we can say that will bring him back, but I'm here today to assure that justice is served and that no other parents have to go through this again."

"Our son is your son," Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, told the crowd. "This is not about a black-and-white thing. This is about a right-and-wrong thing. Justice for Trayvon!"

Earlier, she described her situation as "a nightmare" to Anderson Cooper on his talk show. "It's hard to sleep," she said about her son. "Everything reminds me of him, and the only thing that's fueling us to keep pressing on for justice is the fact that we know that justice will be served."

Tracy Martin said race played a role in the police investigation. "Had Trayvon been a white kid ... Zimmerman would have been arrested," he said.

On Wednesday night, the Sanford City Commissioners, passed by 3-2 a no-confidence vote in Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee. It was not immediately clear what impact, if any, that would have.

The vote came a day after Ben Jealous, head of the NAACP, demanded Lee's resignation, accusing him of having mishandled the case by not arresting Zimmerman.

The U.S. Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation into the shooting.

The incident occurred when Zimmerman, who was patrolling the neighborhood, saw the teen walking home after buying candy and a drink at a convenience store.

Zimmerman called 911 and reported what he described as a suspicious person. Moments later, several neighbors called the emergency number to report a commotion outside.

Heated debate has erupted over whether Zimmerman used a racial slur during the 911 call, a recording of which was released this week.

"We didn't hear it. However, I am not sure what was said," Sgt. David Morgenstern of the Sanford Police Department said.

"I have listened to the tapes, and I have not heard them use a racial slur," concurred Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte.

A top CNN audio engineer enhanced the sound of the 911 call, and several members of CNN's editorial staff repeatedly reviewed the tape but could reach no consensus on whether Zimmerman used a racial slur.

Whether Zimmerman used such language prior to shooting Martin is key, according to CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin. "It's extremely, extremely significant because the federal government is not allowed to prosecute just your ordinary, everyday murder. Two people fighting on the street is not a federal crime. However, if one person shoots another based on racial hostility, racial animus, that does become a federal crime."

Toobin said that if "very shortly before" the shooting, "Zimmerman used this racial epithet to refer to the person he openly shot, that very much puts it within the FBI's and the Justice Department's ambit of a case that they could prosecute."

The Martin family's lawyer said the 911 call was questionable even if there was no slur.

"Without even hearing the conflicting part, we did hear, number one, that he said 'these people,'" Crump said. "What did he mean when he said 'these people'? He also profiled him because he was a young black person with a hood on.

"So it goes without saying, even if you don't get to the thing that everyone is debating, he already had a mentality when he got out of that car that this was a young black man, and he had assumed that he was a criminal, and you know what happens when you assume," Crump said.

The 911 tapes show that, while some neighbors were on the phone with emergency dispatchers, cries for help followed by a gunshot sounded in the background.

"The time that we heard the whining and then the gunshot, we did not hear any wrestling, no punching, no fighting, nothing to make it sound like there was a fight," said Mary Cutcher, one of the callers.

Cutcher said Zimmerman was confused after the shooting.

"He'd pace and go back to the body and just like -- I don't know if he was kind of 'Oh, my God, what did I do? What happened?'" she said.

Another caller, Selma Mora Lamilla, said she did not hear any altercation, but the teen cried and "whimpered" before the shooting.

She described Zimmerman as "straddling" the teen after the shooting, saying he was "on his knees on top of a body."

Crump said Martin's girlfriend was on the phone with him during the incident and can help prove he was killed "in cold blood."

The girl connects the dots and "completely blows Zimmerman's absurd self-defense claim out of the water," Crump said Tuesday.

Shortly before he was shot, the teen told his girlfriend that someone was following him and he was trying to get away, according to the lawyer. The girl, who did not want to be identified, said that during the call, she heard Martin ask why the person was following him.

She got the impression there was an altercation in which his cell phone earpiece fell out after he was pushed, and the connection went dead, Crump said.

She did not hear gunfire, he said.

Records show that Martin was on the phone with her much of the day, including around the time of the killing, the lawyer said.

A Seminole County grand jury will convene April 10 on the matter, State Attorney Norm Wolfinger said in a statement.

Martin's family said they believe race was a factor in his death, fueling an outcry in the racially mixed community 16 miles northeast of Orlando.

CNN has made numerous attempts to contact Zimmerman but has been unsuccessful. His father, Robert Zimmerman, told a Florida newspaper that Zimmerman had moved after receiving death threats.

Zimmerman's family has denied that race played a role, saying he has many minority relatives and friends.

Zimmerman, 28, is a part-time student at Seminole State College, according to the school. He was married in 2007.

"The portrayal of George Zimmerman in the media, as well as the series of events that led to the tragic shooting, are false and extremely misleading. Unfortunately, some individuals and organizations have used this tragedy to further their own causes and agendas," his father said in the letter published in the Orlando Sentinel. "George is a Spanish-speaking minority with many black family members and friends. He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever. One black neighbor recently interviewed said she knew everything in the media was untrue and that she would trust George with her life.

"Another black neighbor said that George was the only one, black or white, who came and welcomed her to the community, offering any assistance he could provide. Recently, I met two black children George invited to a social event. I asked where they met George. They responded that he was their mentor. They said George visited them routinely, took them places, helped them, and taught them things and that they really loved George. The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth."

Frank Taaffe, a neighbor and friend of Zimmerman's, told HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell that his friend was only inquiring about why Martin was in the area, considering that there had been incidents involving young black men in the neighborhood committing crimes.

"Zimmerman is not a racist," he said. "George Zimmerman is a caring man."

Police say they have not charged Zimmerman because they have no evidence to contradict his story that he shot in self-defense.

In a police report, Officer Timothy Smith said Zimmerman said he was "yelling for someone to help me," but the victim's family said it was the teen asking for help.

The shooting has renewed a debate over a controversial state law and sparked calls for a review.

Florida's deadly force law, also called "stand your ground," allows people to meet "force with force" if they believe that they or someone else is in danger of being seriously harmed by an assailant, but exactly what happened in the moments leading up to Martin's death remains unclear.

Zimmerman's father said his son never followed or confronted the teen, but 911 recordings tell a different story.

During the incident, the teen started to run, Zimmerman said.

When Zimmerman said he was following the teenager, the dispatcher told him, "We don't need you to do that."

The case is rooted in one main thing, said Jeffrey Toobin, a senior legal analyst for CNN: "Clearly, the question at the heart of the case is whether Zimmerman reasonably felt threatened. On this issue, the evidence currently seems murky."

Finding other witnesses is crucial because the teen cannot give his side, he said.

State Sen. Oscar Braynon II sent a letter to Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos asking for a review of the stand-your-ground law. Braynon called for a legislative panel to look into how the law has been used and implemented.

"The ultimate goal of such process is to decrease the number of incidents like that of Trayvon's and discourage more individuals from deciding to become vigilantes resulting in more lives lost," Braynon wrote.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he was going to look into the law "because if what's happening is that it's being abused, that's not right."

CNN's Ross Levitt, Julian Cummings, Susan Candiotti, Vivian Kuo, David Mattingly, John Zarrella, Kimberly Segal, Brian Vitagliano, Melanie Whitley, Dave Alsup and Moni Basu contributed to this report.

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