The biggest financial fraudster in history, Bernie Madoff, claims to be dying and pleading for early release

Bernie Madoff, the notorious Ponzi schemer, says that he is dying from kidney disease, and is seeking an early release from prison on compassionate grounds.

A lawyer for Madoff, in a new legal filing Wednesday, says the fraudster has “less than 18 months to live.”

Madoff, 81, currently is serving a 150-year prison sentence in a North Carolina federal facility for orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history

Madoff, while running Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities in New York City, swindled thousands of investors out of billions of dollars in the decades-long scam.

“I’m terminally ill,” Madoff told “There’s no cure for my type of disease. So, you know, I’ve served. I’ve served 11 years already, and, quite frankly, I’ve suffered through it,” Madoff said.

His attorney, Brandon Sample, in a filing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, said, “Madoff does not dispute the severity of his crimes nor does he seek to minimize the suffering of his victims. Madoff has expressed remorse for his crimes.”

“Now, after over ten years of incarceration and with less than 18 months to live, Madoff humbly asks this Court for a modicum of compassion.”

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