Easy Street Turns Out To Be Road To Big House For Local Woman
By Charles Rogers
Instead of being on Easy Street, a Breukelen Houses resident who thought she struck it rich about two years ago has found she’s on the road to the Big House instead.
According to published reports, Susan Madakor, 41, thought she was rich when her bank account increased by more than $700,000 during a period of a few years. She allegedly spent $244,000 of the money on the purchase of a laundromat near her home, leased a mini-van and set up a college trust-fund for her 12-year-old son.
She told authorities the large income deposit was as a result of her winning "an international lottery" she entered in 1997.
But, according to authorities at Chase Manhattan Bank, the money was meant to be deposited into the account of an environmental program at the United Nations whose account number was one digit off from Mrs. Madakor’s.
This week she received a prison sentence of two years and was ordered to reimburse the bank.
Mrs. Madakor told sources she started receiving checks — big checks from Britain, France, Italy and Finland — that were put into her account.
A spokesman for Chase Manhattan was quoted as saying at the time that the error was indeed the fault of the United Nations "but Mrs. Madakor must return it. The bottom line is that it’s not her money."