Two prison guards on the job the night that Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide have admitted to falsifying records according to the associated press.
The pair, Tova Noel, and Michael Thomas have been charged with falsifying prison records. The question is, what was their motive? Why forge false records?
The guards were allegedly surfing the web and sleeping on the job rather than carrying out their duties, and keeping an eye on Epstein.
The Associated Press reported “As part of the deal with prosecutors, they will enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department and will serve no time behind bars, according to a letter from federal prosecutors that was filed in court papers Friday. Noel and Thomas would instead be subjected to supervised release, would be required to complete 100 hours of community service and would be required to fully cooperate with an ongoing probe by the Justice Department’s inspector general, it says.”
Under a deal with federal prosecutors the guards will avoid prison time. The deal still needs approval from a judge.
The letter from prosecutors says that they “admitted that they ‘willfully and knowingly completed materially false count and round slips regarding required counts and rounds”
According to prosecutors, these men were supposed to be at their desk, a mere 15 feet away from the cell that held Epstein. It’s alleged that rather than monitor Epstein they shopped for furniture, and spent time in the common area. The guards also took a two hour nap.
With such a high profile and at risk prisoner, it’s hard to believe that anyone would be so neglectful.
Republican Senator from Nebraska, Ben Sasse said “The leader of an international child sex trafficking ring escaped justice, his co-conspirators had their secrets go to the grave with him, and these guards are going to be picking up trash on the side of the road.”