The feds have officially arrested Michael Thomas and Tova Noel, two of Jeffrey Epstein’s guards at the Manhattan MCC detention center in New York City. They are expected to charge the pair with falsifying records, according to a report from NBC News New York. Both of them were previously offered a plea deal and turned it down. Looks like they may regret that move.
A grand jury indictment made public Tuesday accused guards Toval Noel and Michael Thomas of neglecting their duties by failing to perform checks on Epstein every half hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to show they had. Kara Scannell of CNN stated that both of the guards were on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide by hanging after being left alone and unguarded in his jail cell. Instead, they allegedly slept for hours and browsed the Internet.
From The Daily Wire:
“The FBI has been investigating Epstein’s death, though not because of persisting conspiracy theories that suggest Epstein did not hang himself, but rather died as the result of foul play. Federal prosecutors want to know why Epstein was removed from suicide watch and, subsequently, left alone, despite having attempted suicide by hanging just the week before. The FBI was also concerned that two prison guards, assigned to check on Epstein every half hour did not do so, though both guards recording checking on the accused sexual predator every 30 minutes in their official logs.
“New York Magazine reported that both guards are said to have fallen asleep during their shifts, but that report has not yet been confirmed. More details are expected when the official charging document is filed with the Federal courts — and when the pair appears in court Tuesday afternoon for their arraignment.
“The two guards were told last week that they could face Federal charges but they declined to take a plea bargain, according to Fox News.
“The officers on Epstein’s unit at the federal jail in New York City are suspected of failing to check on him every half-hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to claim they had. Federal prosecutors offered the guards a plea bargain, but the AP reported Friday that the officers declined the deal,” the outlet said.
NBC News: Federal prosecutors have charged Michael Thomas and Tova Noel, two guards at Manhattan’s MCC prison facility, stemming from their investigation into the death of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, a senior law enforcement official says
Reported w/ @valiquettejoe
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) November 19, 2019
“The pair, who worked for the New York Bureau of Prisons, was reportedly working overtime because of “staffing shortages” at the Metropolitan Correctional Center where Epstein was being held pending his trial for sexually assaulting and trafficking underaged girls. They were placed on administrative leave pending the possibility of arrest, Fox News said Monday.
“The 66-year old money manager was found dead in his cell in early August, apparently having hung himself with strips of cloth cut from his prison bedsheet. A later autopsy confirmed Epstein’s death as suicide by hanging, but details of Epstein’s death, including that he had a broken bone in his throat near his mandible — a break that happens in only 6% of suicides — have caused questions to remain about his death.
NEWS: Both guards on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide are now in FBI custody, a law enforcement official said told @MarkMorales51 The guards will be in court later this afternoon to face charges that are expected to include falsifying records, the official said.
— Kara Scannell (@KaraScannell) November 19, 2019
“Epstein’s brother, last week, announced that he had hired his own team of investigators and medical examiners and planned to sue New York’s Bureau of Prisons.
“The Federal government has been intensely interested in Epstein’s death as well, and both the FBI and the Department of Justice have launched investigations into how such a high-value prisoner could have been left alone for so long. Besides the failure of Epstein’s guards, two cameras focused on Epstein’s cell, reportedly malfunctioned the night of his death.
“Official charges are expected Tuesday afternoon. More charges may be forthcoming.”
Knew someone was going down for the Epstein 'Suicide' and many of us assumed it was the poor sods that were told to 'take a walk' that day.
— qWaga (@sciencehate) November 19, 2019
As Breitbart pointed out, the cell where Epstein died was in a high-security unit, famous for having held terrorists and drug cartel kingpins. Epstein’s death, though, revealed the jail was suffering from problems including chronic staffing shortages that lead to mandatory overtime for guards day after day and other staff being pressed into service as correctional officers.
Attorney General William Barr has said investigators found “serious irregularities” at the jail and the FBI’s investigation had been slowed because some witnesses were uncooperative. It appears these two guards will now have no choice but to cooperate.
Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein night he killed himself charged with falsifying prison records to make it appear they checked on him every half hour before suicide, @AP rpts: https://t.co/dnbfjAVLaB
— Mark Albert (@malbertnews) November 19, 2019
Federal prosecutors subpoenaed up to 20 staff members at the jail in August. The case was a top priority for the Justice Department. Both Barr and Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen received regular updates. Falsification of records has been a rampant problem throughout the federal prison system evidently. On top of all this, we have zero footage of Epstein’s cell thanks to camera malfunctions. And don’t forget we also have his former cellmate requesting a transfer to a different prison because he was under threat.
The Attorney’s Office says Noel, 31, and Thomas, 41, have each been charged with “one count of conspiring to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the MCC, and to make false records, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Noel is also charged with five counts of making false records, and Thomas is also charged with three counts of making false records, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, the two prison guards working when Jeffrey Epstein died, have been arrested on federal charges accusing them of falsifying records after failing to check on Epstein. Instead, they slept and browsed the Internet, feds say: https://t.co/NQePi7SPcN
— Tom Cleary (@tomwcleary) November 19, 2019
The FBI is also investigating the possibility of ‘criminal enterprise’ in connection with Jeffrey Epstein’s death. Meanwhile, Ghislaine Maxwell, named by victims as being a procurement specialist who brought underaged girls to Epstein’s various lairs, is still walking around a free woman.
According to Fox News, Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer testified on Capitol Hill on Tuesday: “The FBI is involved and they are looking at criminal enterprise” in his death. This will certainly add fuel to the fire concerning the suspicious circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death.
Here’s how Epstein was found: pic.twitter.com/YHMTnb65TD
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) November 19, 2019
“With a case this high profile, there’s got to be either a major malfunction of the system or criminal enterprise at foot to allow this to happen. So are you looking at both, is the FBI looking at both?” asked Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
“If the FBI is involved, then they are looking at criminal enterprise, yes,” Sawyer responded.
From The Epoch Times:
“According to the Washington Post, at least eight Bureau of Prisons staffers were aware that there were strict instructions not to leave disgraced financier sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alone in his cell, but the order was seemingly disregarded the day before his suicide, according to people that knew about the matter.
“Investigators think that at least one of the staffers might have known that Epstein was left alone in his cell before his death, sources told the Washington Post.
“Investigators are trying to determine why even though so many prison officials—from low-level officers to supervisors and managers—knew about the instructions, there were many people involved who failed to adhere to them, the people familiar with the matter told the Washington Post, on the condition of anonymity. They didn’t name the eight staffers in question.”
Some think the guards being arrested is just a bone being thrown to those who think this is a conspiracy. I think it is the first of a number of arrests that will be forthcoming and this whole thing on Epstein could blow wide open. Let’s hope I’m right.