Bernard Madoff's brother gets 10-year sentence

7:45 PM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
Peter Madoff, former chief compliance officer for his brother's firm, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, exits federal court on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Madoff, who admitted aiding Bernard Madoff’s fraud while claiming he didn’t know his older brother was running a vast, decades-long Ponzi scheme, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The brother of imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff has been sentenced in New York to 10 years in prison for crimes committed in the shadow of his notorious sibling.

Peter Madoff was sentenced Thursday after victims described their anguish at losing their life savings in the Ponzi scheme. The sentence was announced in a crowded Manhattan courtroom by Judge Laura Taylor Swain six months after Madoff pleaded guilty to conspiracy and falsifying books and records. He agreed then to serve 10 years in prison. It was four years ago this month that his brother revealed his multi-decade fraud that cheated thousands of investors out of their $20 billion investment. Bernard Madoff is serving a 150-year prison term.

Peter Madoff says he did not know of the fraud but committed other crimes.

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