Two prison guards charged with conspiracy and falsifying records on the night of Jeffrey Epstein’s death.
Two Bureau prison guards charged by a federal grand jury on Tuesday.
The two guards, Tova Noel, 31, and Micheal Thomas, 41, taken into custody on Tuesday morning. And pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court. A $100,000 bail for each defendant on their release.
The charges come more than three months after Epstein was found dead at the Metropolitan Correction Center, in lower Manhattan. The multimillionaire was awaiting his trial on federal charges accusing him of operating a sex trafficking ring. This was from 2002 to 2005 at his mansion in Manhattan and at his Palm Beach estate. He allegedly paid girls as young as 14 to have sex. He pleaded not guilty.
New York city’s chief examiner ruled his death as a suicide by hanging. But a former medical examiner hired by Epstein’s legal team has disagreed with the conclusion.
On the night of Epstein’s death, the guards repeatedly failed to complete the required counts of prisoners on their watch in the specialized housing unit. This was according to the complaint, instead of sitting at their desks.
But for a period of about two hours, the indictment says, Noel and Thomas, sitting at their desks and appeared to be asleep.
The night Epstein died, no officer completed any count or rounds in the unit between 10:30pm and 6:30am, at which time Noel and Thomas discovered Epstein’s body.
The Attorneys who represented Epstein declined any comment.
The Manhattan US Attorney’s Office who charged Epstein’s and which charged the two guards is continuing to do an investigation. Furthermore, in connection with Epstein’s alleged crimes, with a particular focus on his co-conspirators. But prosecutors have not charged anybody else as a result of that investigation.