Madoff victims have until Friday to submit opinions on his early release

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February 25, 2020 - 3:04 pm
Bernie Madoff in 2009

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Victims of Bernie Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme have until Friday to weigh in on whether the fraudster should be released from jail early for health reasons.

Madoff, 81, has asked for a "compassionate release" due to late-stage kidney disease and other health issues. He says he has only 18 months to live.

The New York Post reports that the government has given victims until Feb. 28 to write letters to the U.S. Attorney's Office with their thoughts about Madoff's release. All of the letters will be released on Mar. 3 with the names redacted.

Madoff pled guilty to 11 felonies, including securities fraud and money laundering, in 2009 and is serving a 150-year prison sentence.

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