An unfaithful former business partner of Jeffrey Epstein, who was imprisoned for almost 20 years for his role in a massive Ponzi plan, involved the billionaire pedophile in the same fraud that led him to bars.
The former Epstein chef, Steven Hoffenberg, claimed that his one-off protégée & # 39; all in the mix & # 39; sat on the plan that 200,000 investors in the 1980s had cheated for $ 460 million through its Towers Financial Corp.
But while Hoffenberg was beaten up, Epstein, whose enormous wealth had long been speculated but never fully explained, lived a corrupt life in which he pursued girls as young as 14 and used his financial influence to evade authorities.
The claims of Hoffenberg are not new, but he repeated them again in an interview with Quartz magazine this week, adding: & # 39; He was my colleague daily, seven days a week. & # 39;
Epstein's former boss, Steven Hoffenberg (pictured in 1993 and 2016), claimed that his one-off protégée & # 39; all in the mix & # 39; sat on the plan that 200,000 investors in the 1980s had cheated for $ 460 million from its Towers Financial Corp.
Although he loved Epstein in the early 2000s, Trump later distanced himself from him and even reportedly forbade him from Mar-a-Lago because he allegedly sexually assaulted a minor member of staff.
After the hedge financier was arrested last Saturday for child trafficking charges, Hoffenberg's claim began to take up steam again and offered a plausible explanation for his mysterious and seemingly infinite wealth, the New York Post reports.
Tower investors also claimed in a lawsuit last year that Epstein & # 39; deliberately and intentionally used funds that he fraudulently redirected and obtained from this massive Ponzi plan for his own personal use to support a lavish lifestyle. & # 39 ;
The claims shed some light on Epstein's enormous wealth, which despite intensive research has often yielded more questions than answers.
Although he has been referred to a billionaire for a long time, the scarce details of the source of his fortune make it difficult to determine his actual net worth.
Although he led a life with all the attributes of the uber-rich, including living in one of the most opulent mansions in New York, a stone's throw from the world-famous museums Met and Guggenheim, his rise turned out to be as obscure as fast.
Epstein ran a money management company focused on the ultra-rich, primarily for Victoria's Secret Mogul Les Wexner, but the assets were never disclosed.
After the hedge financier was arrested last Saturday for child trafficking, Hoffenberg's claim began to revive and to offer a plausible explanation for his mysterious and seemingly infinite wealth, the New York Post reports.
The convicted child abuser owns properties in New Mexico, Paris and the Virgin Islands, where he has a private island, and a Palm Beach estate worth more than $ 12 million. While he owns a fleet of luxury cars to bring him between his lush homes, Bloomberg reports.
The 66-year-old is currently in jail for 45 years if he is convicted of both cases. He pleaded not guilty on Monday.
Federal prosecutors have informed the court, although they expect & # 39; in this case no impending replacement charges & # 39 ;.
Julie Brown, the investigative journalist from The Miami Herald, who was the spearhead of the investigation into the Epstein newspaper, who, according to prosecutors in New York, helps them raise their case, believes that there are important and powerful people & # 39; are now worried that they will also be destroyed.
Brown claims to have seen the names of prominent people on & # 39; message pads & # 39; where they would tell Epstein in which hotels they were staying.
Earlier this month she told MSNBC that she saw no other reason why they would give him the information than for him to send one of the underage girls he allegedly asked under the pretext of hiring them for a massage .
It is possible that Epstein – who avoided federal prison in 2007, prosecutors – could name & # 39; names & # 39; in an attempt to reduce the punishment he will receive if he is convicted.
& # 39; Needless to say, these are very powerful people and I think they sweat a little. Especially today.
& # 39; We don't know how deep this went, how far it went in government, but there have been many people that I could see their names on these message pads, as part of the evidence, these message pads where they got Epstein would mention and leave messages such as "Oh, I'm at this hotel".
& # 39; Needless to say, these are very powerful people and I think they sweat a little. Especially today.
Julie Brown, journalist from Miami Herald whose investigation into Epstein was the cause of a criminal investigation
& # 39; Why do you do that, except you expect him to send a girl to visit you at your hotel? So there are probably quite a few powerful and important people who are sweating it out now, & # 39; said Brown.
She didn't give names, but went on: & # 39; We'll wait and see if Epstein is going to name names or what kind of information he's going to try to trade to possibly get out of the way or reduce his debt. & # 39;
Epstein & # 39; s extensive and surprising list of social acquaintances is well documented.
In 2009, a former employee was arrested for stealing and trying his & # 39; little black book & # 39; that was described as the & # 39; holy grail & # 39; of Hollywood and political contacts.
The name most often associated with Epstein's alleged crimes is Ghislaine Maxwell. The British socialite is his former girlfriend. Victims have claims in civil lawsuits that they consider to be & # 39; Mrs. & # 39; has performed. She has not been arrested or charged
Ghislaine was present at the Chelsea Clinton wedding in 2010. Epstein, who had Bill Clinton several times in his plane, had just completed a loosely followed stint in a detention center in Florida after he was guilty of prostitution in a love deal in that time and her association with him was known
The top of his list of contributors is British socialist Ghislaine Maxwell, who has been mentioned in civil lawsuits against him by women who say they are his victims.
She described Maxwell as his & # 39; Mrs. & # 39; and accused her of supplying young girls to him and others.
Maxwell is the daughter of the recent British newspaper executive Robert Maxwell. They and Epstein date but split in the nineties. They remained friends for years afterwards.
In a Profile of 2011 about how he was welcomed back into society, despite being convicted of prostitution, an unnamed insider said about Maxwell: & # 39; She is a high-end & # 39; fixer & # 39 ;, and why? Nobody in the cafe society cares that a 15-year-old girl gives massages.
Jean Luc Brunel is the owner of the MC2 modeling agency in which Epstein used to have a share. Victims claimed that Epstein had used the modeling agency to find girls. Brunel has in the past denied having any involvement in his alleged crimes
& # 39; She makes people party and runs around for many people.
& # 39; If you are Mike Huckabee, it would matter, but not if you are Ghislaine Maxwell. & # 39;
Maxwell tried to keep the documents of a civil lawsuit launched by a number of Epstein victims, but a judge decided last week to dismiss them.
Virginia Giuffre Roberts, who previously claimed to have been held by Epstein as a & # 39; sex slave & # 39 ;, said Maxwell had her bikini wax made to make her look prepubescent.
Maxwell publicly denied her claims and accused her of lying. Roberts sued her for defamation and the documents from that case are the ones that should be left open.
Another former employee of is Jean Luc Brunel.
Brunel owned MC2 modeling agency of which Epstein had an interest and Virginia Roberts, his & # 39; former sex slave & # 39; claimed in legal documents that he used to find girls.
Brunel angrily denied criminal acts after Roberts' claims were made public. She claimed that she was forced to have sex with him.
Alan Dershowitz, a renowned lawyer, was also mentioned in Roberts & # 39; lawsuit. She claimed that she was traded by Epstein to have sex with Dershowitz, among others.
Dershowitz, whose famous past customers include OJ Simpson, has furiously denied the allegations and fights for much of the record against Epstein to be unsealed in an attempt to clear his name.
Lawyer Alan Dershowitz fights to clear his name after he was involved in civil lawsuits against Epstein, where victims said he was an accomplice in Dershowitz's alleged sex trade in Epstein
Epstein & # 39; s other powerful former friends are former President Bill Clinton and President Trump.
Ghislaine was present at Chelsea Clinton's wedding in 2010, after Epstein & # 39; s first arrest for charges related to sex with minors.
Former President Clinton also flew on his jet.
On Monday, Brown said about Trump that Epstein had emulated his modeling agency for the president and that she & # 39; social relations & # 39; had.
Trump did not comment on the indictment or Epstein & # 39; s earlier conviction, but his friendship with the billionaire is well documented.
In 2002 he joked during an interview with a biographer: & # 39; I have known Jeff for 15 years. Great guy.
& # 39; He is very nice to be with. It is even said that he loves beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are younger.
& # 39; No doubt about it – Jeffrey enjoys his social life. & # 39;
Since then, Trump has distanced himself from the billionaire.
Epstein and Trump were friends before his first arrest and before Trump started his political career. They are shown in 2000 with Melania and Ghislaine Maxwell in Mar-a-Lago
He allegedly banned him from Mar-a-Lago for allegedly assaulting a staff member sexually in 2009, while lawyers were looking for settlements for some other Epstein victims, helping them by telling them he would help them with their case.
After his detention in 2009, Epstein was reportedly welcomed back into society by a large number of stars including Woody Allen who himself has been accused of sexual abuse of minors
& # 39; The only thing I can say about President Trump is that he is the only person in 2009, when I had many summonses on many people, or at least some well connected people, that I want talk to them, is the only person who answered the phone and said, let's just talk.
& # 39; I will give you as much time as you want. I will tell you what you need to know, and was very helpful, in the information he provided, and did not give any indication that he was involved in anything unpleasant, but had good information.
& # 39; We succeeded and that helped us and we did not have to deposit it in 2009 & # 39 ;, attorney Bradley Edwards said in a 2018 trial.
After completing his custody agreement in 2009 in a loosely monitored Florida detention center where he could go to work every day, Epstein was welcomed again by a large number of celebrities, politicians, and world figures.
According to The Daily Beast, who wrote about it at the time, Chelsea Handler, Katie Couric and Woody Allen attended a party at his home in Manhattan.
He was also photographed in Central Park with Prince Andrew, with whom he had also had a friendship. Andrew has since severed ties with him.
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