Tremont Partners is suing BNY Mellon on behalf of three of its Rye funds for negligence in connection with the Ponzi scheme run by Bernard L. Madoff.
Bank of New York Mellon and its BNY Alternative Investment Services unit, which served as administrator, subadministrator and custodian of the Rye funds, acted with “gross negligence” and helped funnel billions of dollars into Madoff’s scheme, according to a complaint filed in New York State Supreme Court last week.
Bank of New York Mellon and BNY “turned a blind eye to Madoff’s scam and reaped tens of millions of dollars in fees from the Rye funds, whose assets were entrusted to the BNY defendants and ultimately plundered by Madoff,” according to the complaint, which seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Tremont Partners served as the general partner and investment manager for the funds.
Kevin Heine, a spokesman for Bank of New York Mellon in New York, declined to immediately comment on the lawsuit.