Despite what Mr. Madoff described as the chronic ineptitude of the S.E.C., he said in the interview that he was “worried every time” examiners showed up.This isn't a credible statement. Eight years ago he already had a multibillion dollar fraud. So Madoff actually is saying he would rather have gone to prison for life at 62 than have 8 more years of high living and go to prison for life at 70.
“That was the nightmare I lived with,” he said, and he told Mr. Kotz he had wanted it to end. “I wish they caught me six years ago, eight years ago.
This is stuff people say when they have become habitual liars, which certainly applies to a person who ran a Ponzi scheme for decades.