Enrica Cotellessa-Pitz, the former controller at Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff’s investment firm, has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, falsifying books and records and making false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Cotellessa-Pitz, 53, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain on Monday. As part of her guilty plea, she has agreed to cooperate with the government in its ongoing investigation of the fraud that occurred at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. “I did not know that Madoff and others were stealing investors’ money,” she said as she entered the plea in a federal court in Manhattan, according to the Associated Press. “For that, I am terribly sorry.”
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