Chapter Three: Living in a Fairy Tale

Becoming a Madoff Ponzi Scheme Victim

[su_heading size=”18″]Becoming a Madoff Ponzi Scheme Victim[/su_heading]

Much to my regret, my family, my sisters, my mother, my aunts and the Queen of Holland are being recognized all over the world thanks to Bernard Madoff who made-off with our money.

Everywhere I turn there are sympathetic people offering their condolences. They are sorry that my family is suffering an injustice. I look at them and smile and wait for comments to sink in like, “it is not right that society thinks it is okay to be a voyeur in other people’s private lives.”?? I wait longer and find myself making assumptions about their thoughts, “I didn’t know she was part of that wealthy Jewish society that got suckered by a fellow member of the tribe. Why does she still look happy? Would a person who thinks that she is a Princess be offended if I invited her to live in our basement if she loses her house? I really should help out with the kids, make them dinner and send them some money.” Wait, that was me trying to infuse my thoughts back into their sympathetic brains.

Growing up, my two sisters and I endured endless lectures from our father as he attempted to train us on the importance of a secure financial future. He was obsessive about making the most of his hard- earned money and build upon the savings that he and my mother had inherited from their hard-working parents who had lost their family and everything they had owned in the Holocaust. With sheer determination my grandfather started from nothing and built a shoe manufacturing business in England. It was my father’s life-long ambition to ensure that he was doing his part to add to that legacy.

Madoff and Picard ruining families
My Family

We would hear him from afar stating that he was going for a walk and we would scatter. Inevitably, he would seek one of us out and demand that he be accompanied. Our eyes would roll back into our heads as he would talk stock market jargon and finance. If only he had an interpreter to explain things to us in laymen terms, we might not have immediately zoned out and missed so many opportunities for valuable advice! Capturing us in the zone, he would irritatingly tell us to make sure we landed where we took off from. He took pride in the fact that all of his research and connections led him to Bernard Madoff who was bringing in a consistent and solid return. In 1997, my father passed away from Melanoma, convinced that he had done well for his wife and children.

It is very surreal for my husband, Wade, and I to become part of the stereotype connected to the Ponzi scheme victims. It is also maddening to read the comments stating that people were greedy or stupid to invest with Madoff. Greedy? Is it greedy to try to make the most out of your money? Investigating and trusting a highly reputable investment firm is not greedy behavior. We thought that we were safely saving for our future. Were we stupid for not diligently following the proper steps to check up on Madoff? We were following some of the most brilliant people in the world who had also invested with Madoff. We felt secure in doing the same.

Like the other victims we have been reading about in the papers, we have no idea how this devastating situation will be resolved. When my four year old overheard Wade and I talking about how Madoff was going to jail, he quietly and sadly asked why Rudolph was going to prison.

My family and I have been laughing hard a lot together lately. We are living month to month, hanging on by a thread and our thermostats are on 60. In the mornings we all converge in the kitchen dawning our hats, huge Quicksilver sweaters and slippers. We look like some sort of rock band.

All we want to do is rebuild our lives, just as our families have done in the past but now with Irving Picard after us, we stand the chance of losing everything we own. EVERYTHING!


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7 thoughts on “Becoming a Madoff Ponzi Scheme Victim”

  1. Jillian – I found your blog and I love it. I am going to be checking in regularly as you have a real gift!!!
    Heidi F (your cousin in VT)

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  2. Loved your column in the Aspen Times, today.

    My heart goes out to you and your beautiful family. I know everything will be okay.

    Just wanted you to know that our family holds no preconceptions about your family, apart from those encouraged by your beautiful essay and the lovely picture on your blog.

    Wish there were other things I could say or do to offer support.

    Love,

    Addison and family

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  3. My father taught me …..often in life there are huge dissapoinments. But, after time when you can get more perspective you can look back and see that there was an important silver lining, a lesson learned, a blessing in disguise, or maybe it was really not a dissappoinment after all?? etc. etc.
    Glad to see you too understand this twist about life Jillian!

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  4. Happy Saturday SITS Sharefest! Great post! You definitely have a talent for this blogging-thing! 🙂 Glad I found you…will be back to read more!

    Reply

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