Bernie Madoff's $7 Million Luxury Yacht Scam
Super-fraudster Bernie Madoff bought a $7 million luxury yacht in the South of France using cash channeled through his London office and had it registered in his wife's name in order to launder money stolen from hapless clients, the Times of London reports. In 2006 Madoff told his associates at Madoff Securities International in London's Mayfair to transfer money to a French shipyard for a powerful 88-ft. Leopard motoryacht (above), alleging that their euro bank accounts would make the transaction easier.
Madoff later transferred cash to the London firm's accounts to square the difference, the paper reports. The Italian-built Leopard, which "epitomizes luxury and comfort," accommodates up to six people in cabins and is capable of speeds up to 40 knots. Madoff christened the yacht The Bull, an ironic reference to the then-booming stock market he was supposedly exploiting on behalf of his clients. Prosecutors have claimed that Madoff moved at least $250 million though his London firm.