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Jun 18 2014 | 9:50am ET
An accountant and longtime business partner of Bernard Madoff is set to become the 10th person charged in the massive Ponzi scheme to plead guilty.
Paul Konigsberg is “finalizing the terms of a plea” deal and cooperation agreement, prosecutor Matthew Schwartz told a judge yesterday. It is unclear what the terms of the accord will be, including whether the 77-year-old will face jailtime or how his cooperation can assist prosecutors nearly six years after Madoff’s $65 billion fraud collapsed. With the exception of Konigsberg, no outstanding criminal charges remain against any defendant in the Madoff case, following the conviction in March of five of Madoff’s former lieutenants.
Konigsberg is likely to enter his plea next week.
According to prosecutors, Konigsberg assisted Madoff and Madoff’s finance chief, Frank DiPascali, in creating bogus and back-dated account statements to cover up the scheme. Madoff also routinely recommended Konigsberg’s tax services to clients.
Konigsberg was a long-time Madoff friend and business associate who was the only non-family member to serve as a shareholder of Madoff’s London operation.