Ruth Madoff paid the bills at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC in the early days, when her father donated office space to help get it going, and was active in management up until the end. Over the years, the firm covered everything from her movie rentals to Armani shopping in Paris and a $2.3 million yacht. Ruth was reportedly intensely secretive, locking her office door even to go to the bathroom. In the weeks before her husband's "confession" to his sons, she pulled $15.5 million from her Madoff LLC accounts, court documents say. Ruth is being sued by duped investors, and there may be more in line—old acquaintances who trusted their modest nest eggs to the firm. She forfeited some $85 million in assets in a deal that gave her $2.5 million to live on, but she must report any expenditure exceeding $100. And Irving Picard, the court trustee in charge of liquidating Madoff's empire, is suing to recover nearly $45 million more in ill-gotten gains.