MassMutual unit told to return funds from Madoff

Boston Globe – The trustee in the bankruptcy case of swindler Bernard L. Madoff has told a hedge fund business owned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. to return money that it received from Madoff over the past six years.

Responding to a Boston Globe inquiry, bankruptcy trustee Irving Picard confirmed that he had sent a so-called clawback letter to Tremont Group Holdings Inc.

Tremont is among more than 225 former Madoff investors who have received such letters from Picard, on the grounds that the money belonged to other investors, because Madoff never generated any real investment profits. Picard wants to recoup the disbursed funds to have more money to repay investors for their losses. He has threatened to sue anyone who doesn’t return the funds.

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