Group: $231M Set Aside for Madoff Victims

Michael De Vita, a victim of Bernard Madoff's ponzi scheme, speaks to reporters before Madoff's sentencing outside Manhattan federal court in New York, Monday, June 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) AP Photo/Seth Wenig

A group funded by the securities industry has set aside $231 million to cover claims by Bernard Madoff's burned investors.

The announcement was made Wednesday by court appointed trustee Irving H. Picard and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

The court has allowed 543 claims, totaling $2.972 billion, submitted by investors of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in March to charges that his investment advisory business was a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that wiped out thousands of investors and ruined charities.

Meanwhile, CBS News has learned more than 100 subpoenas have been sent out by federal prosecutors in the Madoff case, as criminal investigators turn their focus to at least 10 others likely involved in the largest financial fraud case in Wall Street history.

It is likely that criminal charges will be brought against as at least 10 individuals in the multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme, a person familiar with the investigation told CBS News.

Everyone close to Madoff's securities firm has been or is currently under scrutiny, including family members and business associates, the person said.

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