Bernard Madoff Moved to Prison 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 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.

Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff has been moved to the medical wing of the federal prison in Butner, N.C.
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Butner spokesperson Cathy Elsea said that Madoff was transferred to the Federal Medical Center on Friday, Dec. 18. The 71-year-old Madoff, who is serving 150 years on multiple fraud convictions for running a $65 billion scam, has been imprisoned at Butner since July.

"It could be one of a few things," said Herbert Hoelter, a prison consultant who advised Madoff. "They do surgical procedures if there’s a need for that."

Hoelter, a co-founder and CEO of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives in Baltimore, said the medical center at Butner is a full-service hospital equipped to provide emergency services, surgery, psychiatric care and cancer treatments.