PALM BEACH, Fla. – Thieves calling themselves "The Educators" have returned a statue stolen from disgraced investment guru Bernie Madoff. And they hope he's learned his lesson.
The Palm Beach Post reports that the $10,000 copper sculpture turned up Wednesday near the country club Madoff belonged to.
A note attached read: "Bernie the Swindler, Lesson: Return stolen property to rightful owners. Signed by — The Educators."
The statue was reported missing Dec. 22, about a week after the Wall Street money manager was arrested on charges he bilked investors out of more than $50 billion. His clients included major banks, charities and retirees.
Police are investigating the return of the statue, which did not appear to be damaged.
The action mimics activity in the 2004 German film "The Edukators," which features revolutionary activists that break into people's mansions — but without stealing anything — to protest against capitalist values.