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Jul 28, 2011 3:51 PM by Matt Stafford

NY trustee: Almost half of Madoff losses recovered

NEW YORK (AP) - A trustee recovering money for investors who lost billions of dollars through Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff's dealings says he's secured more than a billion dollars through settlements with associates of the second largest feeder fund group to invest with Madoff.

Trustee Irving Picard announced Thursday the settlement will boost recoveries of money available to jilted investors to more than $8.6 billion. He says that's nearly half the approximately $17.3 billion in principal lost by Madoff, who pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges and is serving a 150-year prison sentence in Butner, N.C.

The deal was reached with more than a dozen domestic and foreign investment funds, their affiliates and a former chief executive associated with Tremont Group Holdings Inc., a multibillion- dollar money management company based in Rye, N.Y.

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