Spanish bank to repay $235M it withdrew from Madoff scheme

USA Today – A Spanish banking giant that channeled $3 billion of its clients’ funds to Bernard Madoff has agreed to repay more than $235 million it withdrew from the confessed Ponzi scheme architect in the months before the scam collapsed in December.

Pending federal bankruptcy court approval, the deal announced Tuesday by a hedge fund investment subsidiary of Banco Santander would boost the amount recovered to help repay Madoff’s victims past the $1.2 billion mark.

The settlement would return 85% of the total sought from Spain’s largest bank by Irving Picard, the court-appointed trustee seeking Madoff’s assets for redistribution to thousands of victimized investors worldwide. Picard has so far issued more than $100 million in repayment commitments, a fraction of the total losses.

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