NEW YORK, June 17 Bernard Madoff's former
accountant is expected to plead guilty to charges that he helped
the convicted swindler run his massive Ponzi scheme, a U.S.
prosecutor said on Tuesday at a court hearing.
Paul Konigsberg, a former senior tax partner at Konigsberg
Wolf & Co, is scheduled to appear in court on June 25, when he
will likely enter a guilty plea pursuant to a cooperation
agreement with the government, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew
Schwartz told U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain on Tuesday.
"We are finalizing the terms of a plea," he said.
Konigsberg and his defense attorney, Reed Brodsky, attended
the hearing but did not discuss the possible plea. Brodsky
declined to comment following the hearing.
Konigsberg would be the 15th defendant to be convicted
either at trial or via a guilty plea in connection with Madoff's
fraud, estimated to have cost investors more than $17 billion in
In March, five former Madoff aides were convicted of all
counts after one of the longest white-collar trials in Manhattan
federal court history.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)