Former accountant for Ponzi swindler Bernard Madoff is arrested

Bernard Madoff enters his house through a crowd of cameras in New York on Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008. A former accountant for Bernard Madoff was arrested on Thursday, Sept 26, 2013, nearly five years after the imprisoned swindler's huge Ponzi schem
Bernard Madoff enters his house through a crowd of cameras in New York on Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008. A former accountant for Bernard Madoff was arrested on Thursday, Sept 26, 2013, nearly five years after the imprisoned swindler's huge Ponzi scheme was uncovered, an FBI spokesman said. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A former accountant for Bernard Madoff was arrested on Thursday, nearly five years after the imprisoned swindler's huge Ponzi scheme was uncovered, an FBI spokesman said.

Paul Konigsberg, the accountant, had helped Madoff open an office in London during the 1980s, and was also a former senior partner at Konigsberg Wolf & Co. Mr Reed Brodsky, a lawyer for Konigsberg, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mr Brodsky told The New York Times, which earlier reported the arrest, that his 77-year-old client was an "innocent victim" of Madoff's fraud who looked forward to clearing his name at trial.

Madoff was arrested on Dec 12, 2008 for running a Ponzi scheme at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities over several decades and is serving a 150-year prison sentence. Several others charged in the scandal have pleaded guilty.

Five former employees of Madoff's firm who prosecutors said aided the fraud have pleaded not guilty, and are scheduled to go to trial in federal court in New York on Oct 7.