Madoff may call Butner prison home

FROM STAFF REPORTSJuly 14, 2009 

New York City financier Bernard Madoff might be headed to North Carolina to serve out his federal prison sentence behind bars.

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

CBS News and The Associated Press both reported Monday that unidentified federal law enforcement officials said Madoff had left a prison cell in Manhattan on Monday morning, headed to the federal prison complex in Butner, N.C. The prison, located 35 miles northwest of Raleigh, includes a hospital, two medium-security incarceration facilities and a low-security facility.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons wouldn't confirm a move to Butner.

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 bureau spokeswoman.

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

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