Jeffrey Epstein: prosecutors accuse financier of witness tampering

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Financier Jeffrey Epstein paid $350,000 to two doable witnesses in opposition to him in his sex trafficking case, NY federal prosecutors alleged Friday in a expose to make a decision on the 66-year-extinct leisurely bars except trial.

In a NY court filing, reported by CNN, Epstein made $350,000 in payments to two people who they say could have potentially testified against him.

Prosecutors stated Epstein sent a total of $350,000 (£278,000) to two suspected co-conspirators gradual last 365 days.

"Neither of these payments appears to be recurring or repeating during the approximately five years of bank records available to the government, " the documents said.

"This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations". Prosecutors had complained to Berman Thursday that the defense hadn't filed the paperwork, making it most unlikely to "meaningfully answer" to their argument for bail.

The feds pointed to an allegation that Epstein - whose fortune was estimated at $500 million in court papers - tried to pay off one of his victims to keep her quiet during a 2006 investigation into his pedophilia.

Prosecutors allege he paid dozens of girls as young as 14 to have sex with him at his homes in NY and Palm Beach, Fla., between 2002 and 2005.

Faced with a similar indictment in Florida in 2007, Epstein accepted a plea agreement that kept the extent of his alleged crimes secret and mostly kept him out of prison.

The authorities's submitting, citing financial records, stated that Epstein despatched $100,000 on November 30, 2018, to "an particular person named as a probable co-conspirator in the [plea agreement]".

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He is now at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan - three cell doors down from drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman - awaiting another bail hearing next week.

The prosecutors' filing got right here as US Labour Secretary Alex Acosta introduced that he turned into as soon as resigning amid criticism of his function in the 2008 plea deal.

"The defendant's primary residence is a private island in the US Virgin Islands, a place where any sort of meaningful supervision would be all but impossible", they wrote.

"Everybody called it 'Pedophile Island, '" Kevin Goodrich, a charter boat operator from St. Thomas, said. "It's our dark corner".

Details emerged of a freaky temple structure with a gold dome. "The facts that have emerged about Alex Acosta's role in reducing Jeffrey Epstein's sentence for his vile crimes have made it clear that he thinks there is one set of rules for the rich and powerful, and another set for everyone else".

One of the former workers told Bloomberg that he remembered two closely-guarded security boxes in the main residence. He served 13 months in jail, was required to reach financial settlements with dozens of his alleged victims and register as a sex offender.

In step with prosecutors, Epstein wired the money tiresome closing year, days after the Miami Herald printed the predominant in a series of articles scrutinizing a plea agreement Epstein reached with federal prosecutors in 2008 that secretly wretchedness down a sex abuse investigation intelligent a minimum of 40 teenage ladies that might perchance even believe landed him leisurely bars for lifestyles.

Speaking before reporters at the White House Friday, Acosta said it would be "selfish" for him to remain in the administration at this time.

His lawyers have not yet commented on the payout claims.

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