Bernard Madoff victims: 'Life has been a living hell'

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Victims who lost millions of dollars in the multibillion-dollar fraud perpetrated by Bernard Madoff described their ruined lives in court Monday, in front of the judge and Madoff.

"Life has been a living hell. It feels like the nightmare we can't wake from," said Carla Hirshhorn .

"He stole from the rich. He stole from the poor. He stole from the in between. He had no values," said Tom Fitzmaurice . "He cheated his victims out of their money so he and his wife Ruth could live a life of luxury beyond belief."

Dominic Ambrosino called it an "indescribably heinous crime" and urged a long prison sentence so "will know he is imprisoned in much the same way he imprisoned us and others." He added: "In a sense, I would like somebody in the court today to tell me how long is my sentence."

>>Click here to see the latest photos of Bernard and Ruth Madoff, in and out of court

>>Photos of Bernard Madoff's victims

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