Jeffrey Epstein Guards Admit Falsifying Records on Death, Cut Deal to Escape Jail
Prison officers admit to sleeping while Epstein died in his cell
The two guards assigned to guard Jeffrey Epstein on the night that he died in his cell have admitted that they falsified prison records and have cut a deal with federal prosecutors to escape serving any jail time.
The guards, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, were found to have been sleeping on the job and surfing the Internet during their shifts and failed to check in on Epstein.
“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,” The Associated Press reported.
“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.”
The guards, who were supposed to be checking on Epstein every 30 minutes, are accused of neglecting their duties during Epstein’s death.
The two are accused of falsifying prison records to make it look like they had been doing their job during the time of Epstein’s death.
A letter from federal prosecutors that was filed in federal court says that the two have “admitted that they ‘willfully and knowingly completed materially false count and round slips regarding required counts and rounds.’”
Under the deferred prosecution agreement, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas will admit that they falsified records and will be sentenced to 100 hours of community service, according to a letter written by federal prosecutors Friday.
Prosecutors said that the pair browsed the Internet to check sports news and shop for furniture and slept at their desks just 15 feet from Epstein's cell instead of making their scheduled rounds every half-hour.
According to the original indictment, Thomas admitted to a supervisor that they "messed up" upon finding Epstein unresponsive, adding, "I messed up, she’s not to blame, we didn’t do any rounds."
One of the guards was working their second eight-hour shift of the day, while the other was working a fifth straight day of overtime, according to Fox News.
Many Bureau of Prisons workers regularly work overtime due to massive staffing shortages.
The pair will undergo supervised release, cooperate with the Justice Department's inspector general, and complete 100 hours of community service.
Prosecutors proposed a hearing for next Tuesday.
Judge Analisa Torres still needs to approve the deferred prosecution agreement.
Epstein was arrested on July 6, 2019, on federal child sex trafficking charges.
He was placed on suicide watch after he was found with a strip of bedsheet around his neck on July 23.
He was transferred to the prison's hospital wing for about a week then returned to a regular cell on July 30.
Epstein's cellmate was transferred on Aug. 9, the day before Epstein was found unresponsive.
The New York City Medical Examiner ruled Epstein's death on Aug. 10 a suicide.