NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has approved a non-prosecution agreement reached after JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $1.7 billion to settle criminal charges stemming from its failure to report its concerns about Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff's (MAY'-dawfz) private investment service.
U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel approved the deal Wednesday, a day after it was announced. The judge set a January 2016 court date for the government to report if the bank complies with the agreement.
Prosecutors have called the $1.7 billion the largest forfeiture by a U.S. bank for a Bank Secrecy Act violation.
JPMorgan will pay more than $2.5 billion in total to settle claims stemming from Madoff's fraud.
Madoff admitted cheating thousands of people out of billions of dollars. He's in prison in Butner, N.C.