Posted by Kathy Bazoian Phelps
It sounds like a good idea: Insure against losses from investing in a Ponzi scheme. Insurance policies, including homeowner’s policies, can provide coverage from losses from fraud, embezzlement or forgery. But does it work to provide compensation for losses in a Ponzi scheme?
Last year, the Second Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a Madoff customer’s complaint against a homeowners policy, but not for the reasons you might expect. Horowitz v. American International Group, Inc., 498 Fed. App’x 51 (2d Cir. 2012).
Horowitz purchased a homeowner’s insurance policy from AIG with a Fraud Safeguard endorsement providing for up to $30,000 in coverage for losses resulting from fraud, embezzlement or forgery. Horowitz had invested a total of $4,327,230.55 with Madoff and had withdrawn $4,553,000, leaving a balance that Horowitz believed to be more than $8.5 million of expected profits.