Madoff: I thought I had been caught on several occasions

BERNARD Madoff, who is serving 150 years in prison for his $65bn (&pound;40bn) Ponzi fraud, thought he had been rumbled several times, he said in an interview from behind bars.<br /><br />Speaking to lawyers representing a group of victims who are suing him, Madoff said he was surprised that his huge fraud &ndash;&nbsp;which took place for decades &ndash; had not been detected earlier. &ldquo;There were several times that I met with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and thought &lsquo;they got me&rsquo;,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />He expressed remorse for the crimes to San Francisco attorneys Joseph Cotchett and Nancy Fineman, at the North Carolina prison where he was taken two weeks ago.<br /><br />Cotchett and Fineman, lawyers for around 12 Madoff victims, described it as an &ldquo;extraordinary visit&rdquo;.<br /><br />&ldquo;He was very candid, very open, and answered every one of our questions,&rdquo; Cotchett said.<br /><br />He was &ldquo;very remorseful&rdquo;, looked healthy and appeared to be working out, he added.<br /><br />The (SEC) is now conducting an in-depth review of how it missed the fraud, having drawn intense criticism for failing to spot it. The results are expected to be released soon.