| NEW YORK, June 22
NEW YORK, June 22 U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday
said they are seeking at least $5 million in luxury cars,
property and bank accounts from two former employees of
imprisoned swindler Bernard Madoff.
JoAnn Crupi and Annette Bongiorno, who worked for Madoff
for 25 years and 40 years, respectively, bought cars and
invested in property with funds obtained from defrauded
investors, according to complaints filed in Manhattan federal
Both are accused in the civil complaints of having
knowingly participated in the fraud, but neither one has been
Their lawyers did not immediately return calls seeking
Madoff, 72, is serving a 150-year prison sentence following
the collapse of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities in
December 2008. He pleaded guilty in March 2009 to orchestrating
a decades-long fraud that prosecutors estimated at as much as
"The civil forfeiture complaints filed today seek to
forfeit additional assets identified as proceeds of Madoff's
crime, and represent another step in this still active and very
much ongoing investigation," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said
in a statement.
Crupi, prosecutors said, was in charge of monitoring the
transfer of funds in the principal Madoff bank account.
Bongiorno was a back office supervisor.
Prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of a $162,604
Bentley Continental and a $90,000 Mercedes ML 500 purchased by
Bongiorno, among other assets. The government is also seeking
millions of dollars in bank accounts and property from both
(Reporting by Basil Katz; editing by Matthew Lewis)