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According to a news release from Florida authorities, the sister of infamous Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff and her husband were found dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

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On Thursday, deputies responding to a 911 call discovered Sondra Wiener, 87, and her 90-year-old husband Marvin dead from gunshot wounds in their Boynton Beach, Florida, home, according to an announcement from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.
“Detectives from the Violent Crimes Division arrived on scene to investigate further. After further investigation it appears to be a murder-suicide,” the release said.

Authorities have not revealed who committed the murder-suicide as of yet, but the sheriff’s office has stated that the cause of death would be confirmed by the medical examiner in the end.

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According to the sheriff’s office, the couple’s family has adopted Marsy’s Legislation in memory of Marvin Wiener, a state law that permits victims to assert the right to keep personally identifying information hidden when it is necessary to prevent harassment.

In accordance with US Census records, Sondra Wiener is the sister of infamous financier Bernard Madoff, who died last year at the age of 82 while serving a 150-year jail sentence in a federal prison in New York state.

Madoff, who was born in the New York borough of Queens, was the mastermind behind a $20 billion Ponzi scheme, which was the greatest financial fraud in history at the time of its inception.

His conviction was followed by a string of family disasters. Madoff was the father of two sons, both of whom worked for his company. Mark Madoff, the older son, committed suicide in 2010, and his other son, Andrew, died of cancer in 2014, leaving a legacy of financial ruin.

Peter Madoff, the brother of Madoff and Wiener, was sentenced to ten years in prison for his participation in the Ponzi scam. The court ordered his release from prison in November of this year, and he was placed under home confinement. His house confinement will come to an end in August of 2020.

Source: CNN