Lawyer says Madoff had high blood pressure

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BUTNER, N.C.  — A lawyer for the hospitalized Bernard Madoff says his client has experienced dizziness and high blood pressure.

The Bureau of Prisons said Thursday that the 71-year-old disgraced financier remains under medical care for a seventh day.

Prison officials have declined to reveal why he was transferred from a North Carolina federal prison to a hospital. But bureau spokeswoman Traci Billingsley did say there have been no assaults at the prison in the past week.

Lawyer Ira Sorkin tells The Associated Press that Madoff has “had some dizzy spells and some high blood pressure.”

Duke University Medical Center says Madoff was released Monday. Billingsley says he is now in a prison medical facility.

Madoff has been imprisoned since March after pleading guilty to fraud and admitting cheating thousands of investors out of billions of dollars.

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