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Madoff Not Beaten Up In Prison, Hospitalized For Dizziness, High Blood Pressure

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An ABC News affiliate in North Carolina reported this week that serious injuries sustained by convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Maddoff were consistent with those suffered during an assault.

Since then, however, the story has changed. Madoff was not attacked in prison, ABC's source said, but rather fell out of bed.

Now, the Federal Bureau of Prisons says dizziness and hypertension were responsible for the hospitalization. Lawyer Ira Sorkin says Madoff has "had some dizzy spells and some high blood pressure."

Madoff was admitted to Duke University Hospital last Friday. He has since been been moved to the Federal Medical Center, part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C., where he is an inmate

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said Wednesday that Madoff was moved Friday.

Madoff has been imprisoned since March. That's when he pleaded guilty to fraud charges and admitted cheating thousands of investors out of billions of dollars.

The 71-year-old was arrested a year ago after he confessed his private-investment business was a fraud.

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