Bernie Madoff Goes Postal

Prankster scores stamps with first class swindler's portrait

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Bernie Madoff Goes Postal

FEBRUARY 2--Fresh from obtaining a credit card with Nick Nolte's photo, an Oklahoma man has pranked an online firm to score personalized postage bearing a portrait of billionaire swindler Bernard Madoff.

The stamps, seen here, were just issued to David Mackie by, which sells postage via an agreement with the United States Postal Service. Mackie created the 42-cent Madoff stamps using a design tool on the web site.

Along with a black and white photo of the accused Ponzi schemer, Mackie added the greeting 'HI DAD' to his Madoff stamps, which likely made the online firm's screeners think that the silver-haired gentleman was the customer's father.

Mackie told TSG that he paid $17.95 for the 20 first class Madoff stamps, a premium in excess of 100 percent for the personalized stamps. Such postage prankage, which TSG, of course, does not condone, was pioneered by these dopes. (2 pages)