Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was arrested in New Jersey on Saturday night when he arrived from Paris and is now faced with sexual abuse charges for abusing dozens of underage girls in Florida and New York in the early 2000s
Convicted pedophile and billionaire Jeffery Epstein, now being sued in New York for indictment for sex partnership, allegedly paid $ 350,000 to silence two potential witnesses, a federal prosecutor claimed Friday.
Epstein reportedly sent the money to the believing witnesses between late November and early December last year – just after an article was published in the Miami Herald describing a deal he struck with the Florida authorities to prevent federal charges.
The US law firm in Manhattan revealed the allegations in a lawsuit in which prosecutors demanded that Epstein be bailed while waiting for a trial, citing the reported payments as evidence that he could influence other witnesses if they were not detained.
In defense of their client, Epstein's lawyers say he is innocent and has been a law-abiding citizen for the last 14 years, since his aforementioned guilty plea for asking a minor girl for sex in Florida, where he was just a punishment of 13 months.
But the Prosecution says something else and suggests that Epstein & # 39; non-converted and non-reformed & # 39; and is actively conspiring to hide the traces of his criminal crimes by paying substantial sums to buy the silence of his close associates who could later testify against him in the trial.
Epstein reportedly sent $ 350,000 to the faithful witnesses between late November and early December last year – just after an article was published in the Miami Herald describing a deal he struck with the Florida authorities to prevent federal charges.
The indictment filed in New York accuses Epstein of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then molesting them in his homes in Palm Beach, Florida and New York from 2002 to 2005. The costs carry the potential for up to 45 years the prison
They claim that he had attached $ 250,000 to one of his employees, and that a separate payment of $ 100,000 was made to a second person – both of whom, although unnamed, were identified as potential co-conspirators.
The prosecutors assessed both the size of the payments and the times when they were sent and believe that he was trying to influence & # 39; co-conspirators & # 39; who could provide information against him regarding the charges that were flagged by the Messenger.
Also on Friday, public prosecutors revealed that the girl who reported Epstein in 2005 said she received a warning from someone claiming to be in contact with the financier.
The victim claims that she was told that she would be paid in cash if she agreed not to comply with the authority's investigation, and added that those who help him get reimbursed and those who hurt him are treated.
The prosecutor's claims are among the many by other prosecutors and witnesses, who also say they are encouraged to remain silent with cash, or otherwise fear the consequences of non-compliance.
Epstein was indicted on Monday by the US attorney's office in New York for minors who are minors. He has not pleaded guilty and will receive a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison if he is found guilty.
But over the past decade, the billionaire has been investigating allegations of sexual misconduct.
Prosecutors accuse Epstein of abusing girls from the age of 14 in an & # 39; extensive network of child victims & # 39 ;. At least 14 new women have come forward to accuse him of sexual abuse – including at least five minors at the time of the allegations
During the probe, the police claim that three private investigators were hired by Epstein to track down prosecutors and other potential witnesses of the alleged attacks.
The three men are said to have been sitting in black SUVs outside prosecutors 'homes, family members and loved ones surveyed, even chasing one of their parents' cars in a particular incident, authorities and an Epstein three prosecutors say .
Reid Weingarten, Epstein's attorney, denying in a court in Thursday's court that the car is being pursued someday, and even if it did, it was not under Epstein's instructions.
& # 39; It was incredibly intimidating, & # 39; told Spencer Kuvin, a lawyer for three prosecutors CNN. & # 39; You must remember that these girls were 14 and 15 (years old) when this happened. & # 39;
The father of one of the prosecutors told the authorities that one of the investigators & # 39; photographed his family and pursued visitors who came to the house & # 39 ;.
He also claimed that while driving to and from work and delivering groceries throughout the country, the same vehicle was behind him as he ran other vehicles off the road in an effort to keep an eye on (his) car lose. & # 39;
It was later confirmed that the car the man had seen followed him was the same car that allegedly ran a woman off the road, one of the investigators.
The three men are said to have been sitting in black SUV & # 39; s outside prosecutors' homes, relatives and loved ones surveyed, even chasing one parent's car of a particular incident, authorities and a lawyer of three Epstein prosecutors saying
But the intimidating acts of aggression were not limited to just witnesses or prosecutors, according to the court, lawyers and prosecutors were also subject to tactics.
In 2008, prosecutors in Southern Florida, when led by Alex Acosta, thought Epstein was charged with testimony harassment, according to court documents.
Acosta indicated that his office was the subject of a & # 39; year-long attack on the prosecution and prosecutors & # 39; in a letter written in 2011.
& # 39; I use the word attack intentionally, because in this case the defense was more aggressive than what I, or the prosecutors in my office, encountered before, & # 39; Acosta continued.
He added that not all Epstein prosecutors were willing to testify when they were approached by the authorities after pressure folding & # 39 ;.
No obstruction or witness indictment was brought against Epstein by the attorneys of Acosta.
In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to two charges of prostitution in the state and served 13 months in prison for 18 months.
During that time, Epstein was allowed to leave the facility 12 hours a day, six days a week, and continued to conduct financial affairs.
TIME OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN LEGAL PROBLEMS
1999-2002 – Virginia Roberts (Jane Doe # 3) claims to have served as a & # 39; sex slave & # 39; for Jeffrey Epstein and was obliged to participate in sexual activities with him and some of his high-profile friends.
March 2005 – Florida authorities are launching a probe in Epstein after a mother calls and claims that her daughter has been molested on his Palm Beach estate.
May 2006 – A statement of the probable cause is filed by the Palm Beach police after the investigation of sexual batteries against Epstein, Sarah Kellen and Haley Robson, sworn. It calculates Epstein with four counts of immoral and lustful behavior for illegal sex with a minor. Five victims and seventeen witnesses were interviewed and claimed that Epstein was engaged in illegal sexual behavior. Meanwhile, Sworn was accused of taking advantage of offering young girls to Epstein, while Kellen was responsible for keeping a black book with the names and contact details of these minors in her capacity as Epstein's assistant.
May 2006 – Barry Krischer, the prosecutor in Palm Beach, referred the case to a grand jury.
June 2006 – The grand jury gives a charge against one count of the request for prostitution. This indictment does not indicate that the individual in question was a minor. Only one girl testifies before the grand jury.
July 2006 – Palm Beach police chief is increasingly irritated by the lack of progress that his investigation into the legal system is making and convinces the FBI of a federal investigation. It is called Operation Leap Year and the possible crime under investigation is & # 39; child prostitution & # 39 ;.
November 2006 – Operation Leap Year starts to take effect when the FBI starts interviewing potential witnesses and victims from the three states that Epstein owns: Florida, New York and New Mexico.
June 2007 – The US prosecutor draws up a long indictment as Epstein's federal probe comes to an end, while at the same time Epstein begins to negotiate a possible plea agreement.
July 2007 – A new series of grand jury subpoenas will be issued, including the one for Epstein's computers. When the police go to take home those summons on Epstein & # 39; s Palm Beach, they discover that they have all been removed.
August 2007 – The American lawyer at the time, Alex Acosta, joins the Epstein negotiation talks.
September 2007 – Epstein signs a non-prosecution agreement on 24 September following the rejection of several plea agreements. His criminal charges are then postponed to the Palm Beach County State Office.
October 2007 – Acosta meets with Epstein & # 39; s lawyer Jay Lefkowitz to finalize the terms of the plea agreement. It has been agreed that the victims will not be informed, that the deal will be sealed and that all the subpoenas of the grand jury will be canceled – including those for Epstein & # 39; s computers, which were still free.
January 2008 – After months of demands, Epstein and his lawyers say they will no longer accept the plea agreement because he is forcing him to register as a sex offender.
February 2008 – A civil lawsuit is brought against Epstein by an anonymous woman, in which it is stated that as a 16-year-old minor she was recruited to give Epstein a paid massage. She is claiming $ 50 million, claiming that she was then violence to perform sexual acts on Epstein.
March 2008 – A federal grand jury presentation is planned after the FBI probe. Lawyers for Epstein start harassing victims with phone calls and one of his investigators is accused of wanting to run the father of a victim off the road.
March 2008 – A second woman is filing a civil action against Epstein.
May 2008 – It is announced that the federal case against Epstein can continue in the case without any plea.
June 2008 – On June 30, Epstein pleads guilty of one count of the request for prostitution and one count of the request for prostitution with a minor under the age of 18. Both are state costs and he has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
July 2008 – Epstein & # 39; s victims learn from the plea agreement, but it will be another 10 years before they are informed of all the details, including the fact that the victim was 16 in the charge to which Epstein had made a guilty plea and not 14 as the women were led to believe. Because of this, Epstein could not register as a sex offender in several states, such as New Mexico, where he has a ranch. An emergency call is submitted to the Crime Victims Act, which stipulates that victims are informed about advocacy agreements and the right to appear at a conviction. It is being ignored.
August 2008 – Epstein & # 39; s agreement cannot be unlocked for victims to see it being ruled in court, with federal prosecutors fighting to keep the data hidden from the public.
October 2008 – Epstein begins with the release of the county stockad, where he is transported six days a week to an office where he is able to work and entertain visitors. He returns to the palisade in the evening.
December 2008 – A judge grants Epstein's request to travel to New York for a day and then an extended stay. He says it's a lawsuit, but after a first filing there is no follow-up in the case.
July 22, 2009 – Epstein has been released from prison.
. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) news (t) florida