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Madoff’s sister found dead in Boynton Beach from suspected murder-suicide

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FILE – Bernard Madoff exits Manhattan federal court, Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in New York. Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history, died early Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in a federal prison, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)

The fallout from fraudster Bernie Madoff’s epic swindle continues to ravage his family.

His sister and her husband and were found dead in their Boynton Beach home in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said Sunday.

Sondra Wiener, 87, and her spouse Marvin, 90 were financially destroyed by Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme in 2008. They lost $3 million, forcing them to sell their half million dollar BallenIsles home.

The two were discovered dead from gunshot wounds in their home Thursday afternoon in Boynton Beach, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Officials say it is not clear who pulled the trigger.

“Upon arrival, deputies located an elderly female and male deceased from a gunshot wound,” the sheriff’s office said.

Before Madoff’s massive rip-off came to light, brother and sister appeared close. The Wieners had lived near his Palm Beach estate in the BallenIsles Country Club, a gated community in Palm Beach Gardens. Their neighbors included tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams and Paul Manifort.

Madoff allegedly mailed his sister and other relatives expensive heirlooms Christmas Eve 2008 right after his sons turned him over to the FBI.

Bernie Madoff pleaded guilty in 2009 to running the Ponzi scheme.
He died in federal prison from health issues while serving a 150-year sentence. He was 82.

His son, Mark, hanged himself on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest and left behind a bitter note.

“Bernie, now you know how you have destroyed the lives of your sons by your life of deceit. F–-k you,” wrote Mark, 48.

The convict’s younger son Andrew also blamed their dad for his recurrence of the rare cancer mantle-cell lymphoma, which killed him in 2014. Andrew also was 48 when he died.

Three other Madoff investors also killed themselves in disparity, including a hedge-fund executive, Charles Murphy, 56, who jumped his death from the luxury Sofitel New York Hotel in 2017 after his firm invested $7 billion with the financier.