Call Barry Fleischmann “the one that got away” — thankfully.
The Staten Island native, a former trader under convicted flimflam man Bernie Madoff, said that when he won a $17 million lottery jackpot in 2007, and told Madoff he wanted to invest some of it, Madoff replied “he wanted all of it.”
That came from Enrica Cotellessa-Pitz, a former co-worker of Fleischmann and the now-imprisoned conman who testified Wednesday in the New York-based fraud trial of five other Madoff associates.
“I just said something like, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll invest with you,'” Fleishmann said. “But he was looking for people to invest a lot more than I was willing or able to.”
Cotellessa-Pitz told the court Wednesday that “when everything collapsed in 2008, some of us who worked with him said Barry Fleischmann won the lottery twice.”
Madoff, 75, remains serving a 150-year sentence for his wrongdoings.