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Madoff Ex-Aides Seen Facing Hurdle With ‘Duped’ Defense

Five former aides to Bernard Madoff are seen as facing tough odds in trying to convince a New York jury they were innocent bystanders to the con man’s $17 billion fraud, given what one lawyer called the “avalanche” of evidence produced by prosecutors.

After months of testimony by Madoff accomplices, industry experts and former clerical staff, the three men and two women on trial since October will begin presenting their defense cases as soon as tomorrow in Manhattan federal court. The defendants have pleaded not guilty and claim Madoff duped them.