February 12, 2009 / 5:19 PM / 11 years ago

Medici's Kohn says did not get Madoff payments

VIENNA, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Austrian banker Sonja Kohn, whose Bank Medici operated some of the biggest funds invested in Bernard Madoff’s alleged Ponzi scheme, said on Thursday she had not received payments from a firm close to Madoff.

Vienna-based Bank Medici, majority-owned and chaired by Kohn, ran several funds which funnelled as much as $3.3 billion into Madoff’s scheme, making it one of the biggest feeder funds for the alleged fraud.

Massachusetts Secretary of States William Gavin said in a complaint filed on Wednesday that U.S. firm Cohmad Securities, co-owned by Madoff, had relayed payments totalling $526,000 from Madoff to Kohn.

A spokesman for Kohn said there had been no such payments.

“She ... has not received any of the funds suggested in the complaint, nor is she aware of any of the activities referred in the complaint by and between Cohmad and Madoff,” the spokesman said in an emailed statement.

A spokeswoman for Bank Medici said the bank also had not received such payments and knew nothing about it.

The bank and Kohn have repeatedly said they were victims of Madoff.

Documents suggesting the existence of payments were published with the Massachusetts complaint but did not show what the payments were made for. The complaint does not accuse Kohn of any wrongdoing. (Reporting by Boris Groendahl; Editing by David Holmes)

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