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Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff was hospitalized late last week and treated for facial fractures, broken ribs and a collapsed lung, a Raleigh, North Carolina television station reported on its Web site on Thursday.

The injuries, the station reported, citing unidentified sources, were consistent with an assault.

Madoff, 71, was treated at Duke University Hospital late last week, and was discharged earlier this week, the station reported.

A Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman declined to comment on the report.

Madoff's lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

On Wednesday, the prisons bureau confirmed Madoff had been moved to the prison's medical facility for undisclosed reasons last week.

Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence at Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina after pleading guilty to a e65 billion investment fraud that bilked thousands of investors worldwide.

There has been frequent scrutiny of the Madoff's health.

In late August, the New York Post reported Madoff was diagnosed with cancer and was terminally ill, but prison officials denied the published report.