When asked at sentencing if he had anything to say, Madoff called his crime a "problem" and "an error in judgement." Ya think? His wife, Ruth Madoff, has been the target of some of the victims' anger since her husband's arrest while she continued to live her lavish lifestyle and kept quiet. She now says she was duped by her husband and was misled, too.
I saw a TV news report earlier this week saying she also has been financially ruined, and has been reduced to riding the subway to get around New York City. If that wasn't a staged photo op, I don't know what is. There she sat on the subway looking all sad and small. I imagine once the cameras were gone she just about jumped into a vat of Purell.
Today's report, however, says that even though the Madoffs were forced to give up personal property, real estate, investments and $80 million in assets Ruth claimed were hers, they left her with $2.5 million that they couldn't tie to the fraud. Oh, boo-hoo, only $2.5 million?? Poor dear.
Who needs $80 million and what does one do with such wealth? And I guess we should start thinking about a fund for poor Ruth because $2.5 million just isn't going to go far on her budget.