Bernie Madoff

1967 Words Jul 27th, 2012 8 Pages
Bernie Madoff
Andrea L. Nolt
Strayer University
Intro to Business
Professor Karina Arzumanova
August 21, 2011

Bernie Madoff

Bernard Lawrence “Bernie Madoff” is an American former stock broker, investment adviser, non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, and the admitted operator of what has been described as the largest Ponzi scheme in history. (Bernard Madoff, 2011) This paper discusses the massive Ponzi scheme that Mr. Madoff created and those that were affected by it.

1. Describe three types of illegal business behavior alleged against Mr. Madoff and for each type of behavior, explain how the behavior is illegal or unethical in the conduct of business.
Madoff reportedly admitted to investigators that he had
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He used his investors money to pay for many personal and family expenses. He also withdrew money from these accounts to run his scam. By shuffling the money between his New York business to his London business and then back to his New York business, it made it look as if the New York business was actually operating as a investment advisory business. Mr. Madoff concealed this from his investors.
The Ponzi scheme as a whole was very unethical. A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors, not from any actual profit earned by the organization, but from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors. (Ponzi scheme, 2011) Madoff was taking investor's money and investing it into unregistered securities. When investigating these assets, they were found to be missing. This unethical act of defrauding his investors out of millions of dollars led to the charge of securities fraud.
2. Name three types of parties who were impacted by the actions of Mr. Madoff and describe how they were impacted.
Three types of parties that were impacted by the actions of Mr. Madoff were his individual investors, charities and his employees. Mr. Madoff plead guilty to defrauding investors in his massive Ponzi scheme. He committed many crimes of tort against these people. He was able to gain investors and intentionally misled them. He took their money and deposited into a Chase bank account and then paid returns to previous investors

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