(CNN)The sister of infamous Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff and her husband
have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide, according to a news
release from Florida police.
Deputies who responded to a 911 call found 87-year-old Sondra Wiener and
her 90-year-old husband Marvin dead from gunshot wounds in their Boynton
Beach, Florida home on Thursday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
said in the release Sunday.
"Detectives from the Violent Crimes Division arrived on scene to
investigate further. After further investigation it appears to be a murder-suicide," the release said.
Authorities to date have not disclosed which party carried out the murder- suicide, but the sheriff's office said the cause of death will ultimately
be determined by the medical examiner.
The couple's family have enacted Marsy's Law for Marvin Wiener, according
to the sheriff's office, a state law which allows victims to assert the
right to keep personally identifying information confidential where
necessary to prevent harassment.
According to US Census records, Sondra Wiener is the sister of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, who died last year aged 82 while serving a 150-
year sentence in federal prison.
Madoff, born in New York's borough of Queens, was the mastermind behind a
$20 billion Ponzi scheme -- the largest financial fraud in history.
Family tragedies followed his conviction. Madoff had two sons, both of
whom worked for his firm. Mark Madoff, the older son, died by suicide in
2010, his other son Andrew died of cancer in 2014.
Madoff and Wiener's brother Peter also served a 10-year prison sentence
for his involvement in the scheme. He was sentenced in 2012 and was
released from prison in November 2019, to home confinement. His home confinement ended in August 2020.