Madoff to serve sentence in N.C.

Staff WriterJuly 13, 2009 

CBS News is reporting this afternoon that Bernard Madoff will be in North Carolina to serve out his federal prison sentence behind bars.

Madoff is the New York City financier who was given a 150-year prison sentence late last month for an elaborate Ponzi scheme that dipped into the funds of thousands of victims.

The federal prison complex in Butner is located 35 miles northwest of Raleigh and includes a prison hospital, two medium-security facilities and a low-security prison facility.

CBS, leaning on an unnamed federal law enforcement official, reported that Madoff left a prison cell in Manhattan Monday morning and is headed to a North Carolina prison.

The Associated Press, also quoting an unidentified law enforcement source, also said Madoff was headed to Butner.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons wouldn't confirm an upcoming move to Butner, and a spokeswoman said that they only make an inmate's current location public once he or she arrives at the prison.

Madoff is still in the jurisdiction of the agency's New York sector, said Linda Thomas, a BOP spokeswoman.

Madoff's attorneys had asked that he be sent to a prison in Otisville, N.Y., which is in close proximity to New York City.

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