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The Madoff Affair (full documentary) | FRONTLINE financial documentary

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On Dec. 11, 2008, Bernard L. Madoff confessed that his investment business was all “one big lie,” a Ponzi scheme that cost investors $65 billion. In this 2009 documentary, FRONTLINE explored how Madoff became the new poster child for Wall Street gall, greed and corruption.

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Through exclusive television interviews with those closest to Madoff’s operation, veteran FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith and producer Marcela Gaviria unearthed the details of the world’s first global Ponzi scheme — a deception that lasted longer, reached wider and cut deeper than any other business scandal in history — in The Madoff Affair.

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34 comments

Joe Poe 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

This corruption is still going on. Just look at citadel and the whole AMC stock manipulation that’s going on. When us apes win, they will do another documentary on how corrupt citadel is and the SEC did nothing .

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Patricia Ramirez 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

9:36 Michael Bienes is a licensed CPA and he did not know they had to be licensed to do the transactions they had with Madoff?? Than he covers himself by telling his wife, god wanted us to have this $$$, god gave us this $$$ Really!! 9:34 Why not get licensed?
Bienes: because we could not, Bernie did not want us to get licensed.😳🤯😳🤯

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Sam B 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

"I blame the government, I really do" – victim who probably voted for people who's deregulation efforts allowed this to happen

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death to socialism 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Govt was paid to stay away

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death to socialism 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Greed is OK but Dumb greed that's fun when it's not your money

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death to socialism 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

The New York Mets organization should have been indicted for money laundering and fraud

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Richard Meyer 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Nazi court system. 150 years for stealing paper? 30 years or less for murder? DUH!

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Muhammad Bobi Fidayoot 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

His Biggest Crime: Stealing from Rich People.

If he stole from poor people…he might just be sentenced to 150 days of community service…

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rolland mousseaux 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

the only reason Madoff went to jail is because he stole from upper management….

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KC Batista 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

God wants them to have it? Damn that Biennes guy sure is dumb!

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G W 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Karma Karma Karma for all who got got.

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ummglick 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

The greedy people got what they deserved

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ANDREW MACK 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

The dude who they interviewed who once worked with Madoff is a total con also. He claimed to have not asked Madoff how such high returns on investments was possible because he wouldn't have understand only to later state he was a licensed CPA.

Most of the people Madoff ripped off were well off people who had the resources and had access to information and people with knowledge and info most of us don't have. They should've been skeptical of such high returns. They were simply greedy and that greed clouded their judgment.

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Truth Seeker 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Madoff thought he "made off" with money. 😛

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Niang Pao 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

You have Ken & Bernie, we have Elizabeth Holmes.

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David Fernandez 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

The regulatory agencies knew something was wrong, they chose not to do anything. There should have been many more arrests at the end of this.

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Dio Paws 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

I am an investot

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Robert St. Estephe 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Wow. The SEC is just like the FDA: a deadly dangerous captured agency.

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Robert St. Estephe 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Masters of the universe? — No. Morons of the Universe!

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Leroy Worsley 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Madoff was Fully Charged & Convicted! Not on The US Government. He was a Bigger Crook than Al Capone! With Phone calls, Emails & Faxes. Being a Crook is on You! Not The US Government!

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Ben Yosep 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Talk about white privilege. All got their monies back in the end.

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N Tag 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

It's said the biggest Ponzi Scheme is the Federal Reserve, printing unbacked money. Bernie just wasn't big enough to be everlasting. Also helps to have a substantial military.

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Mr. Anonymous 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

All the truths in this world add up to one big lie….

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Zachary Starks 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

The SEC at the time were paid off,.. they willingly let madoff get away with it,.

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Christopher Davis 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

If that was a black man the entire weight of the government,WallStreet,every organization that exists and every corporations would stop him in his tracks before he cause such a mess!!!!!

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Stella Rocquie 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Support Legislation in the United States to END COURT ORDERED RAPE.

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John Edwards 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Madoff by name and made off by nature. Ha ha ha. Gtreedy suckers.😂😂😂😂

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John Edwards 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

"I blame the government…"
Yes, that's right, never accept that it was your own fault.
Blinded by greed.
That's the truth.

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S Starklite 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Why do you think so many countries have desperately been trying to have COMMUNISM? Where all people own all things worldwide, so the oppressive wage system is destroyed?? Because they want to try to end poverty! They can see what capitalism is doing! But USA has started over 50 wars to destroy every attempt at an alternative system to capitalism, and USA has taught torture, assassinations of many world leaders, etc. See ROGUE STATE BY WM BLUM. AND THIRD WORLD TRAVELER! Capitalists are the ones who are insane!

Why don’t you do a DOCUMENTARY showing this to the world, FRONTLINE?
That would be the most important one ever made!

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S Starklite 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

Gambling. “How did it work?””I don’t know! How do you split an atom?” No one knows anything. It’s just gambling. All by chance. Like Ferdinand Lundberg said, the only way anyone gets rich in capitalism is by GOOD LUCK! And unfortunately, most people don’t have good luck. They can’t help where they were born, or who their parents will be. God despises capitalism because He wants a JUST SYSTEM for everyone born on earth, no matter where it happens to be. God wants equality, meaning EQUAL WEALTH WORLDWIDE. We should force all the rich people to redistribute money equally worldwide because it never should have been distributed unequally in the first place!

Every day more than 100 Americans are killed by gun violence! Cars kill more than 50,000 Americans every year! Etc.

Why do you think so many countries have desperately been trying to have COMMUNISM? Where all people own all things worldwide, so the oppressive wage system is destroyed?? Because they want to try to end poverty! They can see what capitalism is doing! But USA has started over 50 wars to destroy every attempt at an alternative system to capitalism, and USA has taught torture, assassinations of many world leaders, etc. See ROGUE STATE BY WM BLUM. AND THIRD WORLD TRAVELER! Capitalists are the ones who are insane!

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Emilia Chidester 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

FOX IS JUST A PROPAGANDA CHANEL AND EVIL PEOPLE ARE USING IT TO DESTROY OUR DEMOCRACY.

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Steven Rogers 09/09/2021 - 11:48 Sáng

I don't understand why people were so giddy over 15-20% when you can make that legitimately in SPX credit spreads with that kind of capital 😛

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