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Blow from Madoff lives on but didn’t ruin everyone

The fate of victims of Madoff’s $60 billion Ponzi scheme - not so bad in Palm Beach, devastating to others.

By Jane Musgrave - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer



Five years after Bernard Madoff shocked investors worldwide by calling his longtime wealth management house “one big lie,” Neal Friedman’s wife is dead and Larry Leif is suffering from prostate cancer.

Both self-made businessmen, who saw their multimillion-dollar nest eggs disappear on that fateful day in December 2008, blame the now imprisoned financier for the collateral damage that turned their once full lives into empty shells.

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