Son Of Bernie Madoff’s Accountant Commits Suicide

The son of Bernard Madoff’s longtime accountant, Dave Friehling, has committed suicide in central Ohio, authorities have reported.

Jeremy Friehling, 23, was found dead at his apartment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday in Columbus, where he was a second-year student at Ohio State’s medical school, police there said.

He himself pleaded guilty to securities fraud in the scandal that arose from the Madoff Ponzi scheme.

According to the Associated Press, there was no indication that the Madoff investment scandal had anything to do with the suicide, there was a note that just said that he was sorry.

Bernard Madoff was arrested in 2008 and later admitted that his investment business was a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. He was sentenced to 150 years in prison. Madoff’s son, Mark Madoff, committed suicide in December 2010, hanging himself in his New York City apartment.

Friehling’s father David, pleaded guilty in 2009 to securities fraud charges. He was Madoff’s accountant for nearly two decades and federal prosecutors said he turned a blind eye to Madoff’s cooked books.

This Madoff Ponzi scheme is sad in that it is still claiming victims over four years later.

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