Charity founded by socialite who has obtained & # 39; underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein & # 39; investigated by FBI
Federal authorities investigating wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein are investigating a now defunct charity run by a woman accused of recruiting & # 39; recruiting & # 39; of his alleged sex slaves.
The FBI investigates links between Epstein and The TerraMar Project, a non-profit funded by Ghislaine Maxwell, the New York Post reports on Saturday.
Maxwell, 57, is the daughter of the late British media mogul Robert Maxwell.
She is a British socialite who moved to the United States after her father died in 1991.
In the US she became a close associate of Epstein, the convicted sex offender.
Epstein and Maxwell have been photographed alongside powerful figures such as Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Donald Trump and others.
The FBI investigates links between convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and The TerraMar Project, a non-profit funded by Ghislaine Maxwell (seen on the left and right with Epstein)
In 2012 she founded The TerraMar Project, a charity that claimed to work for cleaning up the environment.
But the Post reported that the group was funded exclusively by Maxwell, who pumped money into it after taking out hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans.
Documents mention Maxwell as president of TerraMar, whose official office was at the same address as her home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Maxwell contributed $ 283,429 between 2012 and 2017, the Post reported. In the same period it only spent $ 874 in subsidies.
A name on the board of directors is that of a woman who allegedly flew in a private jet from Epstein to one of his homes in New York, Palm Beach or the Virgin Islands.
It is claimed that Epstein brought young girls to and from his houses where he raped them.
The woman also lives in a three-bedroom house in Teaneck, New Jersey. According to the Post, the name of Maxwell is mentioned in the public records as associated with the house.
It is not known what the woman did on the Epstein plane.
Epstein and Maxwell have been photographed alongside powerful figures such as Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Donald Trump and others. From left: Trump, then-girlfriend and future wife Melania Knauss, Epstein and Maxwell in Mar-a-Lago in February 2000
Law enforcement officers would not say why they are investigating the charity.
The charitable board also includes Ariadne Calvo-Platero, Maxwell's best friend from Oxford; Dead Poets Society producer Steven Haft; and business Amir Dossal.
The charity website is closed. The message reads as follows: "The TerraMar project is sad to announce that it will stop all activities. The website will be closed.
"TerraMar's mission has always been to connect ocean lovers with positive action, to emphasize science and to make conscious changes to how people from all over the world can live, work and enjoy the ocean.
"TerraMar wants to thank all its supporters, partners and fellow ocean lovers."
Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls, was found unconscious in a cell in Manhattan with injuries to his neck, the media reported late Wednesday, citing unknown sources.
Epstein was found on Wednesday by guards on the floor of the cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the media reported. Some media reported that his face looked blue.
The billionaire financier was taken to the hospital, the Post reported, but it was unclear where he was taken or what his condition was.
It was not clear how he suffered his injuries.
Neither a representative for the correction center nor Epstein's lawyer has returned phone calls or emails from Reuters.
Epstein was recently refused bail, a move his lawyers are planning to file according to a court notice announced Tuesday.
Epstein was expected to ask the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals to undo the court's rejection of his request to remain under house arrest on July 18 in his $ 77 million mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Epstein has argued not guilty of the allegations and the appeal for bail was expected.
The charity website is closed. The message reads as follows: "The TerraMar project is sad to announce that it will stop all activities. The website will be closed. & # 39;
His lawyer Reid Weingarten did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A spokesman for the American lawyer Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan declined to comment.
The charges, alleging misconduct at least from 2002 to 2005, were announced more than a decade after Epstein declared guilty of charges of prostitution in Florida.
By denying him bail, US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan said that the government had demonstrated with clear and convincing evidence that Epstein would be a danger to the community if it were released pending trial.
Maxwell has not been accused of a crime.
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