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Two Former Computer Programmers for Bernard L. Madoff Indicted March 18, 2010

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JEROME O’HARA and GEORGE PEREZ — former computer programmers for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC (“BLMIS”) — were indicted today by a federal grand jury in Manhattan on charges of conspiracy, falsifying records of a broker-dealer, and falsifying records of an investment adviser.

As alleged in the Indictment returned today in Manhattan federal court, as well as statements made in the course of relevant court proceedings:

Beginning in 1990 and 1991, respectively, O’HARA and PEREZ were employed as computer programmers at BLMIS. They primarily were responsible for developing and maintaining computer programs that supported the operation of the BLMIS investment advisory business (the “IA business”). Many of those programs were run on an IBM server known within BLMIS as “House 17.”

Under the federal securities laws and regulations, BLMIS was required to keep certain books and records in the ordinary course of its business. Between 2003 and 2008, BLMIS was subject to at least five reviews by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and a European accounting firm that was conducting a review of BLMIS’s operations on behalf of a European IA client. As part of a concerted effort overseen by MADOFF and his employee, FRANK DIPASCALI, JR., to deceive both the SEC and the European accounting firm, O’HARA and PEREZ developed and maintained computer programs that generated numerous false and fraudulent records.

O’HARA and PEREZ are alleged to have known that the special programs they developed contained fraudulent information and that they were used in connection with the SEC and European accounting firm reviews.

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