UPDATE 1-Madoff moved to medical wing of U.S. prison

Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:19pm EST

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* Madoff moved to medical wing Dec. 18

* Bureau of Prisons declines comment on reason for move (Adds background)

WASHINGTON Dec 23 (Reuters) - Convicted swindler Bernard Madoff was moved last week to the medical center within a federal prison for undisclosed reasons, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said on Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said he had been transferred on Dec. 18, but she declined to comment on the reason, citing privacy rules.

Madoff, 71, is serving a 150-year prison term after pleading guilty to a $65 billion fraud. He has been imprisoned at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina.

A lawyer for Madoff was not immediately available for comment.

In late August, prison officials denied a published report that Madoff had been diagnosed with cancer and was terminally ill.

The New York Post reported that Madoff had cancer and that he had told other inmates that he did not have long to live. The newspaper cited unnamed prison sources.

Madoff pleaded guilty in March to orchestrating a worldwide Ponzi scheme that bilked thousands of investors. (Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

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Comments (5)
Momlee wrote:
I guess the food finally got to him. He has hurt so many families and maybe they’re prayers are being answered. He should by on IV for the rest of his life.

Dec 23, 2009 4:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaded wrote:
Its a fraud -again. He is not sick and will not die.. Just like Ken Lay.. There will be no body and it will be a payoff with Madoff living on a beach somewhere with the rest of the world glad he is gone.. and he will be toasting to his own demise and our stupidity.

Dec 23, 2009 6:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
koketah wrote:
You may not like him, but this guy did it right. Bilked hundreds of people out of billions of dollars. Now he dies. Perfect! As for the people that lost their dough – it’s all greed. A few poor folks got fooled, so for them I feel sorry, but a good number of these people thought they had the “inside” track on getting rich. They “knew” somebody. Ha…bit them right where it matters most and jolly good for them. A new set of fools will be back very soon after the economy picks up again.

Dec 23, 2009 6:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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