When Ruth posted her husband's bond, she told prosecutors she had her own money that she inherited from her now deceased parents. When Ruth Madoff's mother, Sara Alpern, died in 1996 she left more than $2 million in three trusts at Madoff & Co., according to her will obtained by ABC News. The money was left to her husband, Saul Alpern. Ruth and her sister, Joan, would inherit a little over $1 million dollars after Saul's death, according to the documents. Nothing close to the millions Ruth claims to have inherited.