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Madoff moved to medical center

CONVICTED swindler Bernard Madoff was moved last week to the medical center within a federal prison for undisclosed reasons, a spokeswoman for the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons has said.

Spokeswoman Traci Billingsley on Wednesday said he had been transferred on December 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 US$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 running a worldwide Ponzi scheme that bilked thousands of investors.


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