Jeffrey Epstein’s prison guard admitted to falsifying records to avoid imprisonment for transactions
Authorities said on Friday that two staff from the Bureau of Prisons were responsible for defending the night Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide in a New York prison. They admitted that they fabricated records, but according to an agreement with federal prosecutors. An agreement, they will hide in prison at any time.
Prison staff Tova Noel and Michael Thomas were accused of sleeping and surfing the Internet instead of monitoring Epstein on the night he committed suicide in August 2019.
They were charged with lying on prison records so that they appeared to have conducted the necessary checks on Epstein, and then found him in the cell of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on August 10. The New York City Medical Examiner ruled that his death was suicide.
Epstein is a close financier who has socialized with the prince and the president, but facing federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges, she faces up to 45 years in prison. He pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial on charges of sexual abuse of dozens of underage girls.
A federal prosecutor’s letter submitted in court documents on Friday said that as part of an agreement with prosecutors, Noel and Thomas will reach an agreement with the Department of Justice to extend the prosecution and will be innocent. It said that they will be released under supervision, will be required to complete 100 hours of community service, and will be required to cooperate fully with ongoing investigations conducted by the Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice.
The letter stated that the two “admitted that they’deliberately and deliberately completed a substantial false count and the required count and round documents in the residence where Epstein was held.”
This transaction needs to be approved by a judge, which may be concluded as soon as possible next week.
The prosecutor alleged that Noel and Thomas were sitting at a desk about four meters from Epstein’s cell, buying furniture and motorcycles online, and walking in the public area of ??the unit Go instead of making a necessary patrol every 30 minutes.
According to the indictment against them, both of them appeared to be sleeping during the two-hour period.
The two officers guarding Epstein worked overtime due to a shortage of personnel. One of the guards who did not serve primarily as a correctional officer worked overtime for the fifth consecutive day. Another guard is forcing overtime, which means the second eight-hour shift in the day.
Before being arrested, both officers rejected a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
The death of Epstein and the revelation that he was able to commit suicide while being held in one of the safest prisons in the United States was a major embarrassment for the Bureau of Prisons. Be surrounded in recent years.
The agency’s staff shortage is so severe that the guards often work overtime day after day or are forced to perform a mandatory two-shift system. The violence resulted in the regular lockdown of federal prison compounds across the United States. A congressional report released in 2019 found that “bad behavior is often ignored or covered up.”
Falsifying records has always been a problem in the entire federal prison system. Union officials have long argued that layoffs have reduced the lives of guards and prisoners, but they are facing an uphill battle that needs attention.