Bernie Madoff and Life After the Crime

Seven years after Ponzi scheme collapsed, what happened to the key characters?
3:26 | 02/04/16

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Back now with the latest on the Bernie Madoff scandal. ABC's new miniseries putting his fraud scheme and downfall back in the spotlight. This morning's Brian Ross has the inside look at how the Madoffs are living today and what's happened to all those missing billions stolen from victims. Good morning, Brian. Reporter: To the surprise of many it was announced this week a huge chunk of that money stolen by Bernie Madoff has now been recovered. Some $11 billion of the $17 billion originally invested and the search is on for even more with the final lot of Bernie and Ruth's goal and emerald jewelry up for auction online today. Every morning Bernard Madoff wakes up at this federal prison in North Carolina where he is serving a 150-year sentence. Prisoner number 61727054 who once had billions in the bank now works as a delivery boy in the commissary where he makes less than a dollar an hour. His former cell mate J.D. Wind feel in for bank robbery says Madoff is relieved to be in prison. I think he was glad to be caught. I think he was just, you know, tearing him up inside what was going on. I think he was glad for it to come to a close. Reporter: Madoff in the blue jumpsuit has maintained many of his investors should actually thank him. In his one recorded interview with "New York" magazine. Did I make a lot of money for people, yeah, I made a lot of money for people. Reporter: Madoff's wife Ruth now lives alone in a one bedroom rental apartment in Connecticut seen in this new video at the grocery store, no limo. No domestic Taff to help her but to the outrage of her husband's victims, the government allowed her to keep $2.5 million to live on. This week the U.S. Marshals put the final lot of Ruth's jewelry up for auction after earlier selling off her half million dollar diamond ring. Sold at $550,000. Reporter: And the family's New York penthouse, the homes in palm beach, the Riviera and on the ocean in the Hampton, all that's left of the Madoff legacy is a huge warehouse full of boxes and boxes of the phony documents used to pull off his massive Ponzi scheme. We were the first outsiders allowed inside. This is what? His blackbook. His chair. Where the king of all scams sat for so many years. And we also saw bags and bags of shredded paper, documents the FBI says Madoff destroyed to hide the scale of his crime. Had he shredded a lot of these boxes, the case against him would have been very, very difficult. Reporter: He wouldn't be serving the rest of his life in prison. He would have gone to jail for something but maybe not 150 years. And as to the question of whether Ruth knew what was going on, she has repeatedly denied she knew anything about it and has never been charged with a crime but she is a tragic figure. Her husband will die in prison and her two sons are already dead, one by suicide, the other from cancer a year and a half ago. I think a lot would be surprised she got to keep $2.5 million. Many of the victims are very upset about that but they felt that was the best they could do and negotiated strongly for that and Bernie, by the way, is in charge of the remote in the day room at the prison so he's likely going to be watching out the coverage. Is he very interested in his own coverage. Extremely interested. Thank you so much. Tune in tonight for the ABC miniseries "madoff":00 followed by a special special on real-life Madoff story at 10:00 right here on ABC as you can see

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