Two bureaucrats jailed Jeffrey Epstein on the day he committed suicide in a New York prison.
Prison staffers, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, were charged with sleeping and running the Internet without observing Epstein the night he took his life in August 2019.
It was alleged against them that they had done the necessary checks at the financier before being found in his cell on August 10 to prove that the prison records contained lies. A New York City medical examiner ruled that Epstein’s death was a suicide.
As part of the deal with prosecutors, they will sign a deferral lawsuit with the judiciary and will never work behind bars, a letter from federal prosecutors that was presented in court documents on Friday. Instead, Noel and Thomas will be kept under supervised release, requiring them to complete 100 hours of community service and fully co-operate in the ongoing investigation by the Inspector General of Justice, he said.
The letter said the two admitted that they had deliberately and knowingly performed fraudulent erroneous calculations and that there was a “slip about the necessary calculations and rounds” at Epstein’s housing unit.
The deal must be approved by a judge, who could come in next week.
Prosecutors allege that Noel and Thomas sat at their desks just 15 feet away from Epstein’s cell, bought furniture and motorcycles online, and walked around the general area of the unit without scoring the required goals every 30 minutes.
According to the charges against them, both of them appeared to be asleep within two hours.
Epstein’s death was a huge embarrassment for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and raised important security and staffing issues within the agency. It was revealed that the prison had long been plagued with problems, including forced overtime of guards and pressure on other staff members to work as correctional officers, including.