Edward Stein, a Long Island–based financial adviser, pleaded guilty to running a $30 million Ponzi scheme in court today in Brooklyn. We aren't sure whether we'd actually heard about his arrest, which happened in April, but either way, the narrative is depressingly familiar:
Victim: “My husband and I are in our mid-seventies. We have faithfully saved for 50 years and he has trashed 50 years of our hard work and squandered our future. This is a tremendous betrayal."
Ponzi Schemer:"I used very poor judgment and I know what I did was wrong."
At this point it really feels like all grandmas' savings are in jeopardy. No one cash their $25 birthday checks this year, okay?