Two weeks after entering a federal prison in North Carolina, disgraced financier Bernie Madoff gave his first interview to lawyers who are suing his family.
Joseph Cotchett, a San Francisco lawyer, and his legal partner Nancy Fineman met with Madoff for more than four hours Tuesday at the prison where he is serving his 150-year sentence.
The lawyers said Madoff was very candid and very remorseful and said he was surprised he didn't get caught earlier.
"I was dumbfounded at some of the instances where he told me and Nancy in front of his lawyer that he visited with the SEC, and there were times when he thought, 'They got me,'" Cotchett said.
Cotchett said Madoff stated on multiple occasions how sorry he was in a "very articulate, very direct" manner.
"I would think that when you're doing that time in jail, that's what you're gonna say, and that's what you're gonna do," Cotchett added.
He also commented on Madoff's physical appearance.
"He looked pretty good and seems to be working out," Cotchett told ABC News. "He looked a lot better than he has in some months since I've seen photographs of him."
In the interview, the lawyers said Madoff cleared his wife Ruth of any illegal activity but could care less about his two sons Mark and Andrew who are the ones that originally turned him in. The sons have not spoken with their father or mother since Madoff's arrest on December 11, 2008.
Bernie Madoff is in prison for a $65 billion Ponzi scam that has been called the largest investor fraud ever committed by a single person.