According to telegraph.co.uk, “where once he used to enjoy feasting on Neopolitan pizza at the Mezzaluna trattoria on New York’s Upper East Side, convicted fraudster Bernard Madoff now has to resort to sharing a ‘slice’ with mafia mobsters.”
“And rather than spending his days sailing on his yacht Bull, or relaxing at one of his three holiday homes, his favoured pastime these days is wandering around the prison yard. The life of Madoff – serving a 150-year sentence at Butner prison, North Carolina, after pleading guilty to running a $65bn (£40bn) “Ponzi” scheme in March – has changed remarkably since going inside. Publicly-available court filings, stemming from a class-action lawsuit, allege that in prison Madoff is friendly with Carmine “The Snake” Persico, the head of the Colombo crime family, and Jonathan Pollard, who was imprisoned in 1987 for trading military secrets to Israel. The former multi-millionaire shares a cell with a 21-year-old drug dealer. How well he and Madoff get on is unknown, although the court filings also allege that from 1975-2003 the financier employed a member of staff to buy cocaine, with workers nicknaming his offices “the North Pole” because of the drug’s prevalence,” the story said.