Published January 11, 2009
NEW YORK – Alleged Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff scammed millions from his sister, who is now desperately selling her Florida home, sources told the New York Post.
Sondra Wiener, 74, "has nothing," said one of her neighbors in the BallenIsles Country Club, a gated Palm Beach enclave where she and her husband, Marvin, live alongside such celebrities as Serena and Venus Williams.
"She lost millions in this whole thing," said a source who estimated her loss at $3 million.
In response to questions about their financial straits, Wiener's son, David, said, "Yes, my family's a victim. More so than anybody else. It's very painful."
Wiener was one of five family members who received packages filled with jewels allegedly mailed by Madoff and his wife, Ruth, on Christmas Eve. The riches were collected by lawyers in recent weeks.
That was around the time Wiener put her 3,409-square-foot home on the market. She and her husband are asking between $850,000 and $950,000 for the three-bedroom home, according to two separate listings.
"It seems like she was a victim in this," said the neighbor, who was told Wiener is selling off her property in the hopes of starting over. "It didn't seem like she saw it coming. What kind of person scams their own sister?"