One-On-One With Harry Markopolos: Validated, But Not Satisfied
One man tried for almost 10 years to bring down Bernard Madoff, the disgraced financier who pleaded guilty March 12 to bilking investors in an elaborate Ponzi scheme. Harry Markopolos was the would-be whistleblower who tried, fruitlessly, to get federal authorities to investigate.
Instead, Markopolos was rebuked, and Madoff's scheme eventually collapsed on its own. Charities, retirement funds, banks and individual investors watched $65 billion disappear overnight.
In his only radio interview, and his first since Madoff pleaded guilty, Markopolos tells WBUR it's too early to celebrate. "I know that Mr. Madoff had lots and lots of helpers," Markopolos says. "I want his helpers, his aiders and his abettors behind bars, too, and then I'm going to be satisfied."
WBUR's Curt Nickisch talked with host Deborah Becker about what's next for Markopolos.
This program aired on March 16, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.