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Madoff Trustee Locates Assets of $75 Million

Wall Street Journal – A lawyer for the court-appointed trustee liquidating Bernard Madoff’s firm confirmed they have located an additional $75 million in Madoff assets — a figure that would put the total above $1 billion.

A lawyer for the court-appointed trustee also said Monday that French authorities are moving to seize Mr. Madoff’s residence in France, to satisfy claims by victims in that country. The residence in Cap d’Antibes, France, was valued at about $1 million, according to a statement of Madoff’s assets as of Dec. 31, 2008.

Last week, U.S. prosecutors indicated they plan to seek the forfeiture of the residence in Mr. Madoff’s criminal case, in which he pleaded guilty earlier this month to perpetrating a massive Ponzi scheme. It wasn’t clear if French efforts would conflict with U.S. recovery efforts. A spokeswoman for U.S. prosecutors did not immediately comment.

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