Inquiry started of financier who invested with Madoff

International Herald Tribune – J. Ezra Merkin, a New York financier, wrote his investors last month that he too was shocked by the news that Bernard Madoff’s hedge fund was an elaborate Ponzi scheme.

But not everyone sees him as a victim. The New York attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, has issued subpoenas in an effort to determine whether Merkin had defrauded universities and charities when he invested their money with Madoff, a person with knowledge of the case said Thursday.

Cuomo’s office is seeking information from Merkin, the three investment funds that he operated and 15 nonprofit institutions that gave him money to manage. Many of the institutions are now suing Merkin, claiming that they lost millions of dollars when he had invested money with Madoff without telling them.

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