Two correctional officers responsible for protecting Jeffrey Epstein while taking his own life are expected to face charges accused of falsifying prison records this week, two people familiar with the Associated Press told.
Federal charges may come as soon as possible on Tuesday, and he's the first person to hear about Epstein's death. A wealthy financier died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York and was awaiting trial for charges of sexual harassment against young girls.
Officers in Epstein's federal prison unit in New York are suspected of failing to check on him every half hour, if necessary, and fabricating his daily records to claim his demands. Federal prosecutors offered bargains to the guards, but the AP reported on Friday that officials refused to agree.
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The expected charges will be made by federal prosecutors in Manhattan investigating Epstein's death on August 10th. People familiar with the issue insisted on anonymity, as they did not have the authority to discuss it publicly.
Both bodyguards were working overtime due to lack of staff at the time of Epstein. While the officers are placed on administrative leave, the FBI and the Department of Justice are investigating the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death.
The city's medical examiner decided to commit suicide to Epstein's death, but this did not stop conspiracy theories. A forensic pathologist, Epstein's family hired to observe the autopsy, said authorities could help clear things up more transparently.
Epstein's death put an end to the possibility of a trial involving leading figures and sparked anger that he would not have to respond to the allegations. In the early 2000s, he did not accuse sexually harassing teenage girls aged 14 and under in New York and Florida.
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Even with his death, federal prosecutors in New York continued to investigate allegations against Epstein. The Ministry of Justice has pledged to aggressively investigate and file a criminal complaint against anyone who can help him.
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There is also an investigation in Paris where accusers complain that the police have not done enough to find potential witnesses.
Epstein was placed at the time of suicide and bruises on his neck were seen in the 23 July cell floor. Numerous people familiar with prison operations said Epstein was taken from a suicide attack a week before his death, so he was monitored less closely, but had to be checked every 30 minutes.
Researchers believe that these checks will not be carried out for several hours before Epstein's discovery in a cell with a bed sheet around her neck, another person familiar with the subject, told AP.