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Bernie Madoff's sister, her husband die in suspected murder-suicide

Sondra Wiener, husband found dead in home near Boynton Beach
Bernard Madoff
Posted at 1:00 PM, Feb 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-20 21:03:43-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The sister of Bernie Madoff and her husband died earlier this week in a suspected murder-suicide, according to the South Florida SunSentinel.

Deputies received a 911 call at 11200 Barca Blvd. in the Valencia Lakes community near Boynton Beach just before 1 p.m. Thursday and located Sondra Wiener, 87, and her 90-year-old husband dead from a gunshot wound.

Detectives said the deaths appear to be a murder-suicide.

Wiener was the sister of Bernie Madoff, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to running a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

Madoff died in a federal prison in North Carolina in April 2021 at the age of 82 while serving a 150-year sentence.

Bernard Madoff
Bernard Madoff exits Manhattan federal court, Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in New York. Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history, died early Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in a federal prison, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

His oldest son, Mark, hanged himself on the second anniversary of Madoff's 2008 arrest, leaving behind a bitter note.

His younger son, Andrew, also blamed Madoff for the return of the rare cancer that killed him in 2014, citing the stress and shame he experienced from his father's fraud.

Madoff's Ponzi scheme was also linked to the suicides of three investors.