After several drinks at a Greek restaurant on Manhattan's ThirdAvenue in the summer of 2006, two computer programmers at BernardMadoff's investment firm asked their supervisor whether the boss'sbusiness was a scam.

Chief Financial Officer Frank DiPascali laughed off thequestion, telling George Perez and Jerome O'Hara that Madoff washonest. DiPascali would later tell the FBI he wondered why theytook so long to ask.

His chronicle of the dinner, and the lengths to which Madoffwent to convince employees that his massive fraud was a legitimatebusiness, were revealed for the first time in FBI reports madepublic last week. Attached to court filings by ex- Madoff employeesfacing fraud charges, they contain interviews with DiPascali —Madoff's chief aide — who in 2009 pleaded guilty to his role in thebiggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.

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