Madoff Fund Tops $1 Bil.
That amount includes a $235 million settlement from Optimal Investment Services, one of the firms that did business with Madoff. According to Picard, Optimal agreed to pay the settlement, which resolves all claims against the firm. The amount is equal to 85% of the amount of the trustee's original claims against Optimal.
As of Memorial Day, letters for commitments in excess of $116 million had been sent by the trustee to 237 claimants in the liquidation of Madoff's term, according to Picard.