NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York newspaper reporter was arrested over the weekend for posing as a real estate agent in an effort to gain access to accused swindler Bernard Madoff’s luxury Manhattan apartment building, police said.
Investment manager Madoff, 70, is under house arrest and 24-hour surveillance in his penthouse apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side as a condition of his $10 million bail agreement.
The reporter, Joshua Saul, 25, who works for the New York Post newspaper, was arrested on Saturday at around 1 p.m. at the building. He was charged with trespassing and issued a summons, police said.
Police sources said that he appeared to be posing as a real estate broker.
A spokesman for the newspaper did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Madoff was arrested on December 11 for what authorities have described as the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. In a Ponzi scheme, early investors are paid with money from new investors.
Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Richard Chang