Madoff Ops. Chief, Programmers Plead Not Guilty To Ponzi Charges

Mar 29 2010 | 12:57pm ET

Three former employees of arch-fraudster Bernard Madoff have pleaded not guilty to charges that they participated in Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

Daniel Bonventre, the former operations director at Madoff’s firm, and two computer programmers, Jerome O’Hara and George Perez, are charged with falsifying records. Bonventre, who was originally charged last month but was added to the O’Hara-Perez case on Wednesday, is also charged with securities fraud, false filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and filing false tax returns. O’Hara and Perez are also charged with conspiracy.

O’Hara and Perez were first charged in November. All three are free on bail, and entered their pleas in Manhattan federal court on Thursday. Their next court date is scheduled for April 12.

If convicted, the former programmers face up to 30 years in prison; Bonventre faces up to 20 years.

All told, six people have been charged in the case. The other three, including Madoff himself, pleaded guilty; CFO Frank DiPascali and former Madoff auditor David Friehling are cooperating with investigators. Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence for running the Ponzi scheme, believed to be the largest in history.

In Depth

Related-Company Fees: Normal Industry Practice or Conflicted Compensation?

Nov 11 2015 | 4:23pm ET

Regulatory agencies as well as investors are increasingly exploring whether certain...


Ferrari Roars in Wall Street Debut

Oct 21 2015 | 4:28pm ET

Shares of supercar maker Ferrari jumped as much as 15 percent to a high of nearly...

Guest Contributor

Private Debt - What is the Opportunity?

Nov 11 2015 | 3:28pm ET

In this contributed article, Rob Allard, founding partner of Firebreak Capital...


Editor's Note

    Oct 21 2015 | 10:41am ET

    One of the most unique charity benefits in the hedge fund industry, A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest - NYC, raised nearly $500,000 last Thursday thanks to the generous support of major sponsors and nearly 1,400 attendees from the Tri-State finance, business and hedge fund communities. Read more…