BUSINESS
02/15/2013 03:16 pm ET

Bernie Madoff Emails CNBC: 'I Wish I Went To Trial'

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff says he now regrets not going to trial, CNBC reports.

The revelation comes in one of the six emails Madoff recently fired off to CNBC from jail. The emails were in response to claims from Irving Picard, the lawyer in charge of recovering the funds of Madoff's victims, that Madoff "has not been helpful."

"This is a man that keeps making statements that have no facts to back them up. I wish I went to trial and he would have been required to provide the evidence he claims he has," Madoff wrote, according to CNBC.

Madoff also tried to take credit for recovering money that he stole from clients: "With my assistance all of my customers will recover their original investment principal."

Madoff is no stranger to writing to CNBC. He wrote a letter to the business news network on Christmas Eve about his concerns about financial markets.

In 2009, Madoff, who ran the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, pleaded guilty to all of the federal government's charges and was sentenced to 150 years in prison. His victims, which included charities, allegedly lost nearly $50 billion.

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