Madoff middleman will not appear for Mass. testimony

BOSTON (Reuters) - An associate and friend of accused financial swindler Bernard Madoff will defy Massachusetts securities regulators by not showing up for subpoenaed testimony for the second time in two weeks.

“Robert Jaffe will not be coming tomorrow,” Brian McNiff, a spokesman for William Galvin, Massachusetts secretary of state, said on Tuesday. McNiff said he did not know why Jaffe would not be appearing at the scheduled meeting on Wednesday.

Jaffe’s spokesman was not immediately available to comment.

Jaffe, who steered billions of investment dollars to Madoff, was subpoenaed by Galvin’s office in December to provide testimony last week. After he failed to show, Galvin’s office sued Jaffe in state Superior Court to provide testimony this week.

Reporting by Svea Herbst-Bayliss, editing by Maureen Bavdek