BERNIE Madoff's wife dished about her once caviar lifestyle and how in 2008, one day after her husband's con was exposed, she withdrew $10million.
Before Bernie's demise on Wednesday at 82 years old, the convicted fraudster kept a steady correspondence with a reporter who also won over his wife, Ruth.
Together they opened up about some of the family's lavish spending habits.
Radio host Jim Campbell managed to uncover these big reveals in his book, Madoff Talks: Uncovering the Untold Story Behind the Most Notorious Ponzi Scheme in History.
In it, he writes about how just before Ruth and her husband’s fall from grace once exposed for ripping off tens of thousands of people for $60billion – the wife of the Wall Street con artist was swiping company plastic to the tune of almost $60,000 each month.
“He cheated his victims out of their money so he and his wife … could live a life of luxury beyond belief," former Madoff investor Tom Fitzmaurice toldUS District Judge Denny Chin at the convicted scion's sentencing.
A court-appointed trustee recovered more than $13billion of an estimated $17.5billion that investors put into Madoff’s business.
Campbell also wrote that Bernie considered his victims "greedy" and didn’t have much empathy for them.
The writer was given unrivaled access to the financier, who shared an American Express card bill documenting Ruth’s $57,910 worth of expenditures in one month back in 2008, in an interview with DailyMail.com.
That topped Bernie’s younger brother’s $19,990 spending amount. The couples’ oldest son, Mark, spent $10,000 and Andrew accrued $7,800.
All told, the family enjoyed a joint credit line of $200,000, the paper reported.
In one of the letters Bernie wrote to Campbell, he explained his intention to break his silence through the writer as a way to “restore his legacy,” he told the outlet.
Some of the folks he made into suckers included boldface celebrities such as actors Kevin Bacon, John Malkovich, and the late presenter, Larry King.
The faucet of information carried on for months until both Madoffs went quiet a year ago when Bernie tried to launch a bid to win compassionate release from prison.
"I don't think Ruth would ever be able to completely decouple from him," Campbell told the Mail.
And just as investors and the authorities were surrounding the Madoffs, Campbell reported that Ruth rushed to the bank to withdraw $10million out of one of her husband’s businesses, called Cohmad Securities, following the delivery of Christmas gifts to staffers.
Today, Ruth has come down from her princess perch.
Following the 2009 conviction of her husband for securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, false statements, perjury, false filings with the SEC, and theft from an employee benefit plan, Ruth forfeited a good portion of her wealth and moved to Boca Raton, Florida, to shack up with her sister.
Two years later, Ruth moved into her youngest son Andrew's Old Greenwich home.
Both of the couple's sons died before them: Andrew from cancer at age 48 and Mark from suicide at age 46 in 2010.
After Andrew's death, Ruth moved into a humbler condo complex in the same town.
Today, she appears to have returned to her old form, rooming in a posh $3.8 million waterfront home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, with her former daughter-in-law's family.
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