By ANTHONY M. DESTEFANO
September 22, 2009
More than 2,200 Bernard Madoff investors are learning that some of their
personal and financial information has potentially been breached after
the July theft of a laptop in Dallas, Newsday has learned.
The names, addresses, Social Security numbers and some Madoff account
information on 2,246 investors was contained in a computer stolen from
the car of an employee of AlixPartners Llp, the consulting firm that has
been processing victims' claims in the Ponzi scheme, a company
spokesman, Tim Yost, said Tuesday.
Yost said the laptop was password-protected and not targeted, but was
taken in what Dallas police said was a "smash and grab" series of thefts
on one particular night at a parking lot.
"We have no reason to believe it [investor data] has been compromised,"
News of the theft circulated Tuesday among the universe of Madoff
victims as federal prosecutors disclosed in a court filing that about
half of the investors were net winners because they actually withdrew
more money than they gave to Madoff. But prosecutors also noted that
nearly half of Madoff's customers sustained net losses in that they
contributed more funds to Madoff than they withdrew.
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