* Madoff starts federal prison life
* Atlanta may not be final destination
By Grant McCool
NEW YORK, July 14 Confessed swindler Bernard
Madoff was in a medium security prison in Atlanta after being
moved from his New York jail cell, U.S. official prisons bureau
records showed on Tuesday.
It was not clear from the information on the Federal Bureau
of Prisons web site whether the United States Penitentiary in
Atlanta, Georgia, is where the disgraced financier would serve
his effective life sentence for running Wall Street's biggest
He was sentenced on June 29 to a total of 150 years on
several criminal charges, including securities fraud, money
laundering and perjury.
The web site, www.bop.gov/, which provides locations
of inmates listed his full name Bernard Lawrence Madoff, his
prison number 61727-054, age 71, race, gender, projected
release date of Nov. 14, 2139 and location of the Atlanta
The release date, which is academic in Madoff's case,
automatically reflects a 20 year reduction for good behavior.
The Wall Street Journal and CNBC reported that Madoff was
going to prison in Butner, North Carolina. Prisons officials in
both Butner and Atlanta could not immediately be reached for
On Monday, a spokesman for the Manhattan Correctional
Center - next door to the courthouse where Madoff confessed to
his crimes in front of defrauded investors - said he was in
transit to another facility, but could not provide details.
Madoff spent the last four months in the jail after
pleading guilty to a worldwide fraud of as much as $65
Madoff's lawyer had asked that his client be incarcerated
at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York,
a medium-security prison about 70 miles northwest of New York
City, but the final decision is made by the prisons bureau.
Madoff will wear prison-issued clothing, initially be in
isolation and then have a cell mate, according to those who
have served time in the U.S. system. [ID:nN29301447]
He will find himself earning pennies a day sweeping floors,
cleaning toilets or manning a stove in the prison kitchen.
(Reporting by Grant McCool; Editing by Derek Caney)