The German newsmagazine Focus has today another one of those “only in America” pieces, about how you just can’t keep a true wheeler-dealer down. The title is Best deals with an embezzler-of-billions and the lede: “He’s under house arrest and has to wear an electronic ankle-bracelet. And yet: On the Internet portal Ebay [sic] the alleged embezzler-of-billions Bernard Madoff is ringing the cash-register.”
When you think about it, who would want to pass up the opportunity to acquire some historic flotsam from what is shaping up to be the biggest act of financial fraud of all time? The article speaks of fleece (if you’ll pardon the expression) jackets, mousepads, umbrellas, binoculars, and other stuff that Madoff has made available for sale on-line, all of it emblazoned with the “Madoff Securities” logo. There was even a t-shirt on offer for a time with Madoff’s smiling face on it and a caption below: “Trust me.” Maybe it’s not too late to head over to the eBay website yourself to see what’s what – I’ll give you the link, but leave it to you to work the site’s search-engine to find out what’s left.