As part of their efforts to make the scale and scope of Bernie Madoff’s crimes clear to Judge Denny Chin in deciding the terms of his plea, confinement and eventual sentencing, the folks at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York submitted emails from Madoff’s victims describing the injury they had suffered and the punishment they believed Madoff deserved.
When you read through the emails, though, you do sort of wonder what level of vetting was applied to these emails or who some of those people even are. And when you get to the email on page 36 you get the sense that the quality control on which emails they threw on the pile maybe wasn’t all that high.
Here’s the text of that email …
Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2009 6:38 PM
Subject: REPLY ME
My Name is Mr. [redacted] but my origin is from Republic of Congo. I have an inherited fund I want to invest in a business in your country with a help of a local. I don’t know about what business but I found it wise to invest the funds in your country with your collaboration with me.
Ever since I move to Dubai due to the problem in my country, I have not been able to invest the funds in Dubai due to security reasons. Now I am seeking foreign assistance to transfer the funds in your country based on the news of their development.
If you can assist, I am willing to give you 10% of the funds that is US$3.5Million. You will understand that my entire life and future depend on this money and I shall be very grateful if you can assist me. The major thing I demand from you is the absolute assurance that the funds will be safe and you will not sit on it when it is transferred into your account.
I will be willing to coming to your country once everything has been done and the funds are in your bank to discuss on lucrative investment in your country.
I hope to hear from you so that we might get to talk better on this issue. Please do give me your contact information in order for me to call you ASAP.
If this email offends your moral value, do accept my apology.
Hope to hear from you soon.
See the original here (scroll to page 36).
I have to confess I couldn’t stop laughing for maybe 10 or 15 minutes after I read this. Really a bang on this one, guys. How many of the rest of these ‘victim’ emails are just crank emails?
(ed.note: Hats off to TPM Reader DW for looking a little closer than the US Attorney’s office staff.)
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.