BUTNER, N.C., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Disgraced U.S. financier Bernard Madoff was hospitalized in prison due to dizziness and hypertension, prison officials say.
A spokeswoman for the Bureau of Prisons said Madoff, serving a 150-year sentence in a Butner, N.C., facility after pleading guilty to orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme, was moved to the medium security jail's medical wing Friday after experiencing dizziness, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Madoff, 71, has recently been suffering from high blood pressure and heart palpitations, his attorney, Ira Sorkin, told the newspaper. Sorkin said he expected Madoff to soon be returned to the facility's general population.
The Journal said the Bureau of Prison scotched rumors that Madoff had been assaulted.