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Bernie Madoff's Grandkids and Daughter-in-Law Ditch His Last Name

By DNAinfo Staff on February 25, 2010 8:36am  | Updated on February 25, 2010 8:34am

Bernard Madoff, in this March 10, 2009 file photo exits Manhattan federal court in New York. His daughter-in-law filed papers to change her last name as well as the last name of her kids.
Bernard Madoff, in this March 10, 2009 file photo exits Manhattan federal court in New York. His daughter-in-law filed papers to change her last name as well as the last name of her kids.
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(AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, file)

By Nina Mandell

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Stephanie Madoff, daughter-in-law of the famed ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, filed court papers to change her and her children’s last names, several outlets reported Thursday.

In court filings, the second wife of the convicted swindler's son Mark, said she wanted to avoid “embarrassment, harassment and endangerment associated with the name,” and to change it to Morgan, the New York Post reported.

The court papers said Mark did not object to the name change, the Post said.

Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding investors in one of the biggest ponzi schemes in history.