Prisoners say Madoff is dying of cancer

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Bernie Madoff is dying of cancer in prison, The New York Post reports, citing Bernie's fellow inmates. Madoff is serving 150 years at a North Carolina federal lockup after pleading guilty to swindling investors out of more than $65 billion.

"He's been taking about 20 pills a day for his cancer," said one inmate. "He talks about it all the time. He's not doing very well."

Other sources report that Madoff has been spending time with the prison's Native American community, participating in sweaty, bare-chested spiritual purification ceremonies.
And what does he do when he isn't talking about his cancer, palling around with the natives, or working at his job painting fences? Sources also told the Post that Bernie is spending some time with the gay community -- although the relationships are "purely platonic."

Of course, none of these sources are especially reliable. We're talking about incarcerated felons telling The New York Post what Bernie Madoff said. Think about that for a second. It's certainly possible that Madoff really is dying of cancer and takes 20 pills a day, but it's also possible that he's just telling people that to elicit sympathy so they'll be nice to him. I hate to be anything less than charitable, but Madoff's track record for integrity is somewhat lacking.

His health problems aside, however, it sounds like Madoff is doing reasonably well in prison. He has people to hang out with and he's still alive, which is about as much as could be hoped for.

Update: Scott Cohn of CNBC reports that the Bureau of Prisons is calling the New York Post story inaccurate. This lends credence to my contention that stories sourced by "anonymous incarcerated felons" should be taken with a grain of salt.



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