Update (11/19/19, 5:00 pm): It's been reported by multiple outlets that the two guards who were supposed to be on duty to watch over the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein will face charges of falsifying records.
Kara Scannell of CNN tweeted out the following:
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
Original Story: The story behind the death — or “suicide” or whatever you might want to call it — of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein took another weird turn on Saturday when the Associated Press (AP) published a story about the guards that were supposedly in charge of keeping an eye on Epstein.
According to the AP, the two prison guards from the Metropolitan Correctional Center that were in charge of keeping an eye on Epstein have rejected a plea deal from federal prosecutors.
The AP reported:
The existence of the plea offer signals the Justice Department is considering criminal charges in connection with the wealthy financier’s death at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York in August. The city’s medical examiner ruled Epstein’s death a suicide.
The guards on Epstein’s unit are suspected of failing to check on him every half hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to show they had. As part of the proposed plea deal, prosecutors wanted the guards to admit they falsified the prison records, according to the people familiar with the matter. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to publicly discuss the investigation.
Basically, prosecutors want the guards in question to publicly admit that they dropped the ball in watching over the 66-year-old Epstein, in the process admitting that they fudged the log book documenting their bi-hourly Epstein checks.
The move to attempt to get the correctional officers to accept a plea deal comes after a Nov. 4th internal memo by the director of the Bureau of Prisons, Kathleen Hawk Sawyer. The memo reportedly stated that “some staff members failed to perform required rounds and inmate counts but logged the that they had done so anyway.”