Bernie Madoff, the infamous Ponzi schemer currently serving a 150-year prison sentence for 11 crimes in which he stole billions of dollars from investors, revealed that he is dying from kidney cancer and has asked a judge to grant him an early release in order to live out the rest of his life with a friend.
Madoff, 81, who has served 11 of his 150-year sentence in a federal facility in North Carolina, said he has less than 18 months to live. He is also suffering from cardiovascular disease and hypertension, according to a legal filing submitted by his lawyer.
Madoff believes he has suffered enough and wants to live out his remaining days with a friend.
"I'm terminally ill," Madoff told the Washington Post on Wednesday. "There's no cure for my type of disease. So, you know, I've served. I've served 11 years already, and, quite frankly, I've suffered through it."
One of Madoff's victims, investor Gregg Felsen, believes the fraudster is deserving of everything that has happened to him and expressed no sympathy.
"He's terminally ill? I'm terminally broke," Felsen said. "He ruined a lot of people's lives and changed them forever. He deserves no leniency whatsoever."