Jeffrey Epstein was released on bail Thursday and stays at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, prior to his criminal trial against federal sex rights.
Last Tuesday, Epstein's defense team seemed to throw out the gauntlet when they stated that prosecutors had no evidence that Epstein had ever used an official Austrian passport with his photo and a supposed name found in a vault near his $ 77 million mansion.
& # 39; He has never used the document to travel internationally and has never offered it to immigrants or customs authorities, & # 39; alleged lawyer Marc Frans.
A day later prosecutors submitted their own letter not only denying that claim, but also mentioning the specific countries where Epstein, 66, had used the passport.
That was preceded by concerns about the financial administration that had been handed over to the court, with the very wealthy businessman giving a one-page summary of his $ 560 million assets.
However, the Miami Herald revealed on Friday that newly discovered documents show at least two offshore accounts, one with more than $ 880,507 and another with $ 3.46 million at any given time.
These accounts could have been included in Epstein's summary, but there is now a way of knowing because of the lack of details in his submission.
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Hidden figures: Jeffrey Epstein (above in a sketch from the court earlier this week) has hidden millions in offshore accounts according to a new report from The Miami Herald that exposed new documents
Caribbean Queen: Epstein, 66, at least two offshore accounts, one with more than $ 880,507 and another with $ 3.46 million at one point reveal new documents (Epstein & # 39; s Island Little St James above)
Attorneys of the American district attorney for the southern district of New York filed a legal equivalent of a clapback in court on Wednesday.
In a two-paragraph letter to incumbent Judge Richard Berman, US officer Geoffrey Berman responded to a claim filed Tuesday by accused sexual abuser Jeffrey Epstein and his defense team regarding his forged passport.
In his request for bail in the case, the defense team stated: & # 39; (A) s for the Austrian passport that the government is trumpeting, it expired 32 years ago. And the government has nothing to suggest – and certainly no evidence – that Epstein ever used it. & # 39;
That very powerful remark was shot very quickly on Wednesday, when prosecutors fired a letter to the court saying: & # 39; The passport contains many incoming and outgoing stamps, including stamps that use the passport for France, Spain, reflect the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s. & # 39;
The letter then indicates that Epstein again failed to comply with the court's request.
"The government further notes that the defendant's argument does not address the way in which the suspect obtained the foreign passport and, more specifically, that the defendant has still not informed the Court whether he is a citizen or legal resident of another country than the United States, & the letter says.
Epstein obtained a passport from Austria in the & # 39; 80s of the last century for personal protection when traveling to dangerous areas only to be presented to potential abductors, hijackers and terrorists, & # 39 ;, his defense team Tuesday.
That was in response to the unveiling just a day earlier said that the passport had been found by agents in a safe at Epstein & # 39; s house the same evening he was arrested at Teterboro airport.
Epstein's lawyer states that his client is a & # 39; prosperous member of the Jewish faith & # 39; has been and for that reason has obtained the forged document at a time & hijacked at & # 39; related to travel in the Middle East & # 39 ;.
An indictment of public prosecutors meanwhile released exactly what had been found in Epstein & # 39; s vault and made the money man sound a bit like Scrooge McDuck while sitting on a pile of gems and cash.
& # 39; After consultation with law enforcement agencies that have checked the equipment of the safe, the government has learned that the safe contained more than $ 70,000 in cash, & # 39 ;, prosecutors submit.
& # 39; In addition, the vault contained 48 loose diamond stones, varying in size from about 1 carat to 2.38 carat, as well as a large diamond ring. & # 39;
It is then comment: & # 39; The government is currently unaware of whether the defendant is keeping comparable amounts of money and / or jewelry in his multiple properties, or at other locations. Such ready-made cash and loose diamonds are consistent with the ability to leave jurisdiction in an instant. & # 39;
Epstein's legal team begged the judge to take the dishonored businessman out of jail and said he was in solitary confinement.
& # 39; We released him, judge. This is a hugely challenging case for the defense, & argued Epstein's lawyer.
In their reply, prosecutors said: & Your Honor, it is underage girls involved in this case, and it is underage girls who are victims. & # 39;
Rossmiller also noted that Epstein's finances remain a mystery, something Judge Berman also noted at the start of the proceedings, demanding a more competitive accounting of the pedophile's assets.
Federal prosecutors said Monday that they had recently received more information about more hidden possessions after searching for Epstein's home.
Those assets were in diamonds and art, which were discovered by his residence according to Rossmiller.
There were also & # 39; piles of money & # 39; found, tucked away in the Epstein vault.
& # 39; How much money does he have? Where is it? & # 39; Rossmiller asked in court.
& # 39; How much does it cost in diamonds or art? & # 39;
Wild said that Epstein is a & # 39; scary person & # 39; and urged the judge to keep him behind bars due to the & # 39; safety of other girls & # 39;
Statements in fact: prosecutors said that Epstein had significant assets in diamonds and art that they discovered in his manor house in Manhattan, and & # 39; piles of money & # 39;
Moneyman: the financial documents that Epstein submitted to the court earlier this week (higher)
The defense also attempted to limit Epstein & # 39; s payment of $ 350,000 to two people after the Miami Herald exhibition was first published in November last year.
His lawyers said: "The payment of an employee and the payment of a friend is not a & # 39; witness to tampering & # 39; because the Miami Herald has written an article. & # 39; & # 39;
Defense lawyer Martin Weinberg told Judge Berman that his client would sign & # 39; every bond & # 39; or & # 39; any collateral & # 39; would hand over & # 39; almost all future appearances in court & # 39; to & # 39; guarantee & # 39 ;.
& # 39; (Bernie) Madoff was released on bail. He surrendered, & # 39; Weinberg commented.
Epstein, unlike Madoff, has a house abroad and does not stand for financial ruin. He has also been accused of sexual crimes, while Madoff was only convicted of financial crimes.
Epstein spends every night since his arrest on Saturday, July 6, at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan, where his new roommates are taking Mexican drug lord Joaquin & # 39; El Chapo & # 39; Guzman.
The federal prosecutors hope to keep him locked up for the trial after he has sued the previously convicted pedophile with two counts of minors.
His defense team will continue to try to get him free, citing the previous non-prosecution agreement he signed as part of a 2008 plea in Palm Beach.
Epstein lawyers also claim that his earlier prosecutors and the alleged minor victims he accuses of human trafficking were prostitutes.
There were 49 prosecutors in that previous Palm Beach case, according to a statement from Epstein taken by one of the victim's lawyers and obtained by DailyMail.com.
SEX HUMAN TRADE AND CONSPIRACY TO CONNECT SEX PEOPLE
Sex trafficking of minors (maximum prison sentence of 40 years)
This refers to any recruitment, housing, transportation, provision, acquisition, patronage or request for a minor for a commercial sexual act.
Perpetrators of this crime often target vulnerable children and gain control of them using various manipulative methods.
Those offenders now have more channels to commit these crimes with the advent of the internet and mobile technology, and as a result they are more difficult to grasp in most cases.
In the case of Epstein, he was with a New York employee who was reportedly in charge of contacting a minor in Palm Beach to hold a meeting between the two.
This happened at least twice with two different employees and two different minors according to the indictment.
Conspiracy to Sex Traffic Minor (maximum sentence of five years in prison)
This refers to the seduction of a minor for the purpose of a commercial sexual act.
In the case of Epstein, he reportedly contacted the minor victim in New York and organized a meeting at his country house where a commercial sex operation took place.
An Epstein employee was also involved in planning that meeting.
A few of those women were in court to witness the proceedings on Monday, 14 years after the Palm Beach police first investigated Epstein for sexual battery.
Epstein & # 39; s lawyers informed Judge Berman last week that their client would agree to house arrest in his Manhattan mansion if he is released on bail for his trial.
That was one of the 14 conditions set out in the letter that the defense should have submitted pending Judge Berman's decision on Monday.
Epstein's lawyers said their client would install surveillance cameras inside and outside the home, wear electronic surveillance with a global positioning system, and & # 39; no one would have & # 39; would enter the house except Mr Epstein and his lawyers. & # 39;
However, no mention was made of who he could contact on his telephone, and while agreeing to a band, it was long difficult to assess his net worth.
The lawyers stated that the bond in & # 39; an amount would be determined by the court after reviewing additional information about Mr. Epstein's finances, who will ask Mr. Epstein for court permission to provide via sealed additional disclosure. & # 39;
It was also noted: & # 39; Mr. Epstein is ready and willing to pay for 24-hour armed guards if the Court deems it necessary or appropriate. & # 39;
Epstein reported daily to pre-arranged services on the phone, had an administrator or trustees enter his house to check him out and log off all vehicles and ground his jet.
& # 39; In essence, the government is trying to house a self-produced New York resident and a lifelong American resident on the basis of dated allegations for which he has already been convicted and punished – a new federal non-prosecution treaty that excludes re-litigation. , & # 39; Epstein & # 39; s lawyer Reid Weingarten wrote in his entry.
& # 39; The government makes this drastic question although Epstein has never tried to flee the United States – despite the conviction of a Florida federal judge that he could destroy the NPA in certain circumstances, potentially threaten new allegations, and notwithstanding a legally incorrect government claim in additional disputes that Mr. Epstein was the subject of possible prosecution in other federal judicial districts, including this one specifically. & # 39;
The letter also praises Epstein's rise to wealth from a humble beginning, while emphasizing that he does not speak foreign languages.
& # 39; Epstein, 66, is an American citizen who has lived in this country his entire life. Born and raised in Coney Island, he worked his way up from humble origins – his father was a New York church worker in the Parks Department – and earned every penny he earned with nothing more than a high school diploma, & # 39; .
& # 39; He only speaks English and knows no other languages. He does not own foreign companies and does not own foreign bank accounts. Five of the six residences that he maintains are located here in America. His brother, niece and nephew all live here too. & # 39;
The filing of the federal court also refers to Epstein's status as a sex offender in the Virgin Islands, where he received the lowest allocation, as opposed to the state of New York, where he is at the highest level.
& # 39; The defense respectfully suggests that the appointment of Mr Epstein's Virgin Islands is more consistent with the circumstances of the actual crimes for which he has been convicted, and certainly more consistent with the predictive factor of whether there is a risk of recidivism that according to the defense does not exist, & # 39; reads the archiving.
Lock him up: the prosecutors want Epstein behind bars for his federal lawsuit, which would only happen next year (extract from SDNY bail above)
In their response that was submitted on Friday, prosecutors quoted that the lack of family and a wide network of Epstein employees made him a risk of escape, while arguing that he was behind bars.
LABOR SEC. ACOSTA & # 39; S EPSTEIN DEAL
Jeffrey Epstein signed a non-prosecution agreement in his previous case, which was controlled by President Trump's former labor minister, Alex Acosta.
That agreement is currently at the center of another lawsuit, since the victims who first tried to get the case to try again.
However, the non-prosecution transaction does not extend to the southern district of New York, and while the young girls were in Palm Beach indictment at the time of the prosecution of the prosecutors, the actual crime occurred in New York.
A federal judge recently ruled that the agreement violated the rights of more than 30 victims, but the Ministry of Justice has stated that the case should not be resubmitted in a judicial case.
Acosta, who in his role as a US lawyer, violated the rights of the alleged victims of Epstein when he failed to inform them that they are no longer pursuing federal accusations, stepped down shortly after Epstein's arrest.
& # 39; The suspect is a serial sexual predator who has been accused for years of abusing underage girls. A grand jury has filed a complaint alleging that he sexually exploited dozens of minors, including girls from the age of 14, in New York and Florida, & prosecutors wrote in a letter signed by US attorney Geoffrey Berman and assistant US attorneys Alex Rossmiller, Alison Moe and Maurene Comey.
& To this day, he is a registered sex offender designated by the state of New York in the highest category of risk of recurrence, despite unsuccessful attempts to lower that rating. & # 39;
It went on: & # 39; And any doubt that the defendant is not too repentant and non-reformed was eliminated when law enforcement agents discovered hundreds or thousands of naked and seminary photos of young women in his Manhattan mansion in the night of his arrest, more than a decade after he was first convicted of a sexual crime involving a minor. & # 39;
That submission also targeted Epstein & # 39; s defense tactics of pegging the victims into the case as prostitutes.
& # 39; The defense calls these disturbing alleged acts & # 39; simple prostitution & # 39;, & # 39; read the letter.
& # 39; That characterization is not only insulting, but also completely irrelevant, as federal legislation does not recognize the concept of a child prostitute: there are only victims of human trafficking, because a child cannot legally give permission to be exploited. & # 39 ;
Epstein made a non-guilty plea in federal indictments last Monday, a few hours after it was revealed that an agent discovered an extraordinary number of photos of nude and partially nude young women or girls while searching for a home in Epstein. # 39; s Manhattan.
Federal prosecutors have described some of the other evidence discovered in the detention center in the bail memorandum, in which Epstein is asked to stay in prison for the trial.
That stated & # 39; documents and other material, such as contemporary notes, messages recovered from the suspect's home and containing names and contact information for certain victims, and phone directories that confirm that the suspect and his agents have been in frequent contact with different victims during the imposed period. & # 39;
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 the 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.
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