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Madoff's Scam Still Stings Ex-Clients 5 Years Later

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Bernard Madoff exits Manhattan federal court, Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in New York. Madoff will plead guilty Thursday to 11 criminal counts including money laundering, perjury and securities, mail and wire fraud and will do so without a plea deal, knowing it carries a potential prison term of 150 years, lawyers said Tuesday in court. (AP Photo/David Karp) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff's former clients are still struggling to move on five years after his massive Ponzi scheme was exposed.

World War II vet Morton Chalek says his last account statement with Madoff showed he had $2.3 million. He's still fighting in court to get some of it back.

On Dec. 11, 2008, Madoff told FBI agents that his multibillion-dollar investment advisory business was a fraud. He pleaded guilty and is serving a 150-year prison term in Butner, N.C.

The 90-year-old Chalek now gets by on Social Security, veterans' benefits and the companionship of retired educator Fran Reiss, a close friend who also lost her savings to Madoff.

Five former Madoff employees are on trial in federal court in Manhattan. Testimony resumes Monday.

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