* Madoff moved to medical wing Dec. 18
* Bureau of Prisons declines comment on reason for move
WASHINGTON Dec 23 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
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
In late August, prison officials denied a published report
that Madoff had been diagnosed with cancer and was terminally
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)