The U.S. Justice Department seems to be getting a little closer to compensating the victims of Bernie Madoff's huge Ponzi scheme.
After the collapse of Madoff's massive scam in 2008, the Department of Justice set up a Madoff victim fund to get money back to the people who'd lost it in the scam.
But the fund hasn't paid any of the victims yet, and for some lawmakers, that's a problem.
Rep. Vern Buchanan reiterated his call this week for the Justice Department to expedite the process.
According to the representative, many of Madoff's victims are from Buchanan's home state of Florida
But now, the administrator in charge of the DOJ's fund for the victims has a new message: The money is coming.
He says the DOJ approved more than 35,000 petitions adding up to more than $6.5 billion in losses total. The first batch of checks should be headed out this year.