Two correctional officers responsible for Jeffrey Epstein's security as he took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying jail records, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press question.
Federal charges could come as soon as Tuesday and are the first in connection with Epstein's death. A wealthy financier has died at the New York City Penitentiary while awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.
Employees at the Epstein unit at New York State Prison are suspected of not checking it every half hour, as required, and for making journal entries to claim they had. Federal prosecutors offered the guard a legal plea, but the AP said Friday that officers had refused the deal. [
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Both guards worked extraordinarily because of staff shortages when Epstein was found. Officers are placed on administrative leave while the FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general are investigating the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death.
A medical examination in the city ruled Epstein's death a suicide, but that did not stop conspiracy theories. A forensic pathologist hired by Epstein's family to monitor the autopsy said the authorities could help clarify things by being more transparent.
Epstein's death closed the possibility of a process that would involve the participation of prominent figures and provoked widespread anger that he would not want. He pleads not guilty to sexually abusing girls of 14 years and young women in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. [
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There is also a related investigation in Paris where prosecutors complain that police have not done enough to find potential witnesses.
Epstein was placed on a suicide watch after being discovered on July 23 at his cell with bruises on his neck. A number of people familiar with jail operations said that Epstein was shot down by a suicide watch about a week before his death, meaning he was less monitored but still needed to be checked every 30 minutes.
Investigators believe that these checks were not carried out for several hours before Epstein was found in his cell with a sheet around his neck, another person familiar with the matter told the AP.