Madoff, 75, told CNBC in an email that he had since returned to the
federal prison where he is serving a 150-year sentence for
masterminding a massive Ponzi scheme that destroyed the lives of
thousands of investors. Madoff also said that he suffers from
stage-4 kidney disease, but was not undergoing dialysis, the network
A spokesman for the prison in Butner, North Carolina, confirmed that
Madoff was at the facility but would not confirm that he had been
A spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons in Washington, Ed Ross, said
the agency could not comment on inmates' medical conditions,
although he said it was "not unusual" for prisoners who require
treatment to be sent to local medical facilities.
Ira Lee Sorkin, who defended Madoff against criminal charges until
he pleaded guilty and who remains in touch with members of Madoff's
family, declined to comment.
"It was decided a while ago that I cannot comment about his physical
or emotional condition," Sorkin said.
Five former Madoff employees are currently on trial in New York on
charges that they helped facilitate Madoff's scheme.
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Earlier this month, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Madoff's longtime bank,
agreed to pay $1.7 billion to settle charges from U.S. prosecutors
that the bank violated anti-money laundering laws by failing to flag
warning signs about Madoff's finances to authorities.
The trustee liquidating Madoff's firm has separately recovered just
over $9.5 billion for victims of the fraud and has distributed more
than half that amount.
Madoff pleaded guilty to operating the scheme in 2009.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax; editing by
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