BANZAI7 NEWS--The name "Madoff" is too much of a burden to bear for a daughter-in-law of Wall Street's most notorious fraudster. Chase Madoff, the wife of one of Bernard Madoff's sons, is seeking legal approval to drop the tainted monicker to escape death threats, embarrassment and humiliation.
Legal papers filed in Manhattan reveal that Mrs Chase Madoff wants to formally change her surname, and those of her two young children Jay and Pia, to a less eye-catching "Morgan". She explains that her father-in-law, who is serving a 150-year jail sentence for masterminding a $65bn (£40bn) Ponzi scheme, was "recently featured prominently in the news for defrauding numerous investors in his companies".
If the court approves the petition the family will refer to themselves as....?
Bernie Madoff is also rumored to be contemplating a name change to Stanford Lee Morgan.
"What's in a name? That which we call a swindler
By any other name would smell as foul?"
Romeo and Juliet