Some Madoff Clients To Receive Initial Refunds

NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the investors bilked by Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff will soon be receiving some money back.

The trustee charged with recovering funds for customers of the jailed financier says some $312 million will be distributed staring Wednesday on claims relating to 1,230 accounts.

Trustee Irving Picard has recovered about $8.7 billion from investors who were paid fictitious profits by Madoff above the amount they invested.

That's about half the roughly $17.3 billion lost by Madoff customers who have filed claims.
The bulk of the recovered funds can't be paid out yet because they are tied up in litigation and appeals.

Madoff pleaded guilty to fraud charges and is serving a 150-year prison sentence in federal custody in North Carolina.