FBI investigating 'criminal enterprise' in Jeffrey Epstein's death, prison chief admits...
FBI investigating 'criminal enterprise' in Jeffrey Epstein's death, prison chief admits, as male and female guard are indicted for 'browsing the internet for eight hours instead of checking on the pedophile and lying on inspection forms' on night he died
Two federal Bureau of Prisons employees, Tova Noel, 31, and Michael Thomas, 41, were charged on Tuesday over their failure to check on Jeffrey Epstein
They were tasked with guarding Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City the night he killed himself
The officers at the federal jail are accused of failing to check on Epstein every half-hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to claim they had
They were allegedly just 15-feet from Epstein's cell and spent substantial portions of their shift browsing online
The officers did not check on inmates for eight hours and only found Epstein when they went to serve the prisoners breakfast at about 6.30am
When a supervisor arrived after the officers sounded an alarm, they allegedly told him: 'We messed up... we didn't do any rounds'
Their arrest came as Bureau of Prisons' director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer testified in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday
She confirmed the FBI is investigating the possibility of 'criminal enterprise' in connection with Epstein's death Daily Mail Article
The FBI is investigating the possibility of 'criminal enterprise' in connection with Jeffrey Epstein's death as two correctional officers were charged with falsifying records to cover up their failure to check in on him the night he killed himself.
The two federal Bureau of Prisons employees, Tova Noel, 31, and Michael Thomas, 41, were charged on Tuesday with falsifying records and conspiracy in relation to Epstein's death.
They are accused of falling asleep and surfing the internet instead of checking on the millionaire pedophile in his cell just 15 feet away from them at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10.
Their arrest came as Bureau of Prisons' director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer testified in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
'The FBI is involved and they are looking at criminal enterprise,' Sawyer said after being questioned as to how this could happen in such a high profile case.
Noel and Thomas, who were assigned to Epstein's Special Housing Unit at the federal jail, are accused of failing to check on him every half-hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to claim they had.
According to the indictment, Noel and Thomas sat at their desks, browsed online and moved about the common area for a substantial portion of their shift instead of completing the required checks on prisoners. Noel and Thomas allegedly appeared to be asleep at their desks for about two hours.
The indictment says Noel used her computer to search for furniture sales and benefit websites during her shift. Thomas allegedly searched online for motorcycle sales and sports news briefly at 1am, 4am and 6am.
The two guards are accused of repeatedly signing false certifications saying that they had conducted multiple counts of inmates during their shift. The prisoners were not checked on for eight hours, according to the indictment. The guards discovered Epstein's body at 6.30am.
Noel and Thomas entered the tier where Epstein's cell was just after 6.30am to serve breakfast to the inmates. An alarm was activated in the unit at 6.33am after the officers found Epstein unresponsive in his cell with a noose around his neck.
A supervisor who had just started his shift immediately responded to the unit.
Noel allegedly told him: 'We did not complete the 3am and 5am rounds'. Thomas added: 'We messed up' and 'I messed up, she's not to blame, we didn't do any rounds'.
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