On June 5, 2009, Palm Beach County wrote Bernie & Ruth Madoff a $13,800 check to refund real estate taxes they overpaid on their Palm Beach mansion.  The Palm Beach County appraiser “agreed to drop his 2008 assessment of the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom house’s worth from $9.4 million to $8.5 million, chopping about 9 percent off her $151,000 tax bill.”