Madoff's Former Daughter-In-Law Says Trustee Can't Have Homes

Nov 21 2012 | 10:40am ET

Nearly two years after her husband ended his life, the widow of Bernard Madoff's eldest son is fighting to hold on to what he left behind.

Stephanie Mack has asked a federal judge to dismiss a $27.5 million lawsuit against her filed by Madoff trustee Irving Picard. And her lawyers are trotting out some novel legal theories in their bid to let her keep the money and properties she inherited from Mark Madoff, who committed suicide on the second anniversary of his father's arrest for running a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

According to Mack's lawyers, under the principle of joint tenancy, the New York apartment and Nantucket, Mass., home she shared with Madoff became hers entirely when he died. Picard has argued that both were purchased with proceeds from Madoff's fraud. In addition, a lump-sum payment guaranteed to her in a prenuptial agreement is an inviolable contract, her lawyers said.

A judge has already limited the claims against Mack, Mark Madoff's ex-wife and other spouses in the case; Picard did not sue Mack until May, and the deadline for most claims expired two years after Bernard Madoff's arrest, which was the day Mark Madoff hanged himself in the Manhattan loft now at issue.

Mack's lawyers say she "has nothing whatsoever to do with" Madoff's firm, where her husband was an executive, "much less a fiduciary role."


In Depth

Q&A: Brevan Howard’s Charlotte Valeur Talks Strategy

Sep 18 2014 | 11:18am ET

Charlotte Valeur chairs the board of Brevan Howard Credit Catalysts, an LSE listed...

Lifestyle

Griffin Donates $1M To Rauner's Illinois Gov. Campaign

Sep 22 2014 | 9:29am ET

Hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin definitely has a dog in this race. The Citadel...

Guest Contributor

Top 5 Predicted Outcomes Of CalPERS' Hedge Fund Divestment

Sep 22 2014 | 8:35am ET

CalPERS’ announcement to divest of hedge funds has created a significant buzz...

 

Editor's Note

    Get A Sneak Peak Of The Alpha Pages

    Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET

    As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

September 2014 Cover

The London Whale: Rogue risk management

Credit default swaps brought down the London Whale and cost JPMorgan $6.2 billion. Here is how it happened.

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.