Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Lonely Lament From a Whistle-Blower

For Harry Markopolos, the Madoff fallout has brought on sleeping problems and haunting thoughts over the apparent suicide of a French money manager.

Harry Markopolos, the Boston-based investor-turned-investigator who for years warned regulators that Bernard Madoff was running a huge Ponzi scheme, has received pitches to appear on television shows, make movies and write books elaborating on his experience.

Later this month, he is scheduled to appear before Congress to present recommendations to improve the Securities and Exchange Commission.

But rather than enjoy a sense of vindication, Mr. Markopolos says he is miserable. He has trouble sleeping and is haunted by the apparent suicide of Thierry Magon de La Villehuchet, a French money manager found dead shortly after Mr. Madoff's Dec. 11 arrest on fraud allegations.

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