Master Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff was badly beaten in prison late last year, according to a new Wall Street Journal story citing jailhouse sources.
According to the Journal, Madoff, who is serving 150 years for his massive fraud, was assaulted by a man in a dispute over money. An inmate at the prison in Butner, NC, told the paper that Madoff was treated for a “broken nose, fractured ribs and cuts to his head and face.”
It had been reported that Madoff was moved to a prison medical facility in December, but at the time his lawyer said it was for heart problems.
The Bureau of Prisons told the Journal that it had investigated what happened but no inmates told authorities that Madoff was assaulted. A spokesman for the bureau also said that Madoff himself told investigators he was not beaten.