Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Prosecutors allege Epstein paid $350,000 to potential witnesses

Prosecutors allege Epstein paid $350,000 to potential witnesses

Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire who was taken into custody in NY last week on sex trafficking charges, allegedly paid off two people close to him just days after a newspaper published an extensive investigation into his past, prosecutors said Friday.

The government's filing, citing financial records, said that Epstein sent $100,000 on November 30, 2018, to "an individual named as a possible co-conspirator in the [plea agreement]".

The United States attorney's office in Manhattan made the new allegations in a court filing asking that Mr. Epstein be denied bail while he awaits trial, saying the payments were evidence that he might try to influence witnesses if he were not detained. His bail hearing is set for Monday.

Epstein's lawyers did not return messages seeking comment.

In seeking to keep the multimillionaire jailed pending trial, prosecutors in NY argued Epstein had a history of trying to obstruct inquiries into his misdeeds, including those from journalists.

He paid one individual named as a imaginable co-conspirator in the case $100,000 and the opposite suspected co-conspirator $250,000, the prosecutors declare. They did no longer title the two participants that obtained the cash.

Acosta has been in the crosshairs ever since billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested last weekend on federal sex trafficking charges.

The indictment filed in NY this week accuses Epstein of paying girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then molesting them at his homes in Palm Beach, Florida, and NY from 2002 through 2005.

Epstein has not faced criminal charges in New Mexico, but was accused in a 2015 court filing in Florida of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at several locations including New Mexico.

They cited his payments to imaginable witnesses and the risk that he would soar as causes to retain him in jail, while describing him as "unrepentant and unreformed".

"I do not think it is right and fair to have Epstein as the focus rather than the incredible economy that we have today", the outgoing labour secretary said.

"Mr. Acosta now joins the sprawling parade of President Trump's chosen advisors who have left the administration under clouds of scandal and corruption, leaving rudderless and discouraged agencies in their wake".

As Sean Hannity noted on Fox News, Epstein "had ties to many Democratic politicians and celebrities, including big ties to.Bill Clinton, who took very many trips on Epstein's private plane" known as the Lolita Express, but now, after ignoring Epstein for years, "the mainstream media is interested because Epstein once had ties to President Trump through social events at Mar-a-Lago".

Mr Acosta turned into as soon as then the US Attorney in Miami and oversaw the non-prosecution tackle Epstein, which allowed the financier to motivate 13 months in jail - with unprecedented of that time spent on work birth at his Palm Seaside space of enterprise.

In other instances, an Epstein foundation boasted in gushing news releases about his philanthropy and even inflated how much he was giving.

President Trump, who expressed support for Alex Acosta, said that Acosta made the decision himself to step down as secretary of Labor.

But he added: "It'd be selfish for me to cease on this put and continue talking about a case that's 12 years earlier".

Still, she said, "It is especially outrageous that Acosta remained in his job for as long as he did".

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