Lawyer Wants Divorce Money Back, Blames Madoff

A New York lawyer has sued his ex-wife to try to recover millions of dollars he paid in their divorce agreement. He says the amount was based on their belief that they had $5.4 million invested with fraud suspect Bernard Madoff.

Steven Simkin says he gave Laura Blank $6.6 million as her share of marital assets in July 2006 after more than 30 years of marriage. That included $2.7 million -- half of what they thought was in the Madoff Investment Securities account.

Simkin says in his Manhattan State Supreme Court lawsuit that he learned the account was empty after Madoff's arrest in December.

The lawsuit says the divorce agreement's financial settlement should be nullified.

A call to Blank was not immediately returned on Wednesday.

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