Epstein Accused of Paying Off Suspected Co-Conspirators

Trump defends Alex Acosta in front of reporters outside the White House

Epstein Accused of Paying Off Suspected Co-Conspirators

Federal prosecutors accused alleged child sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein of witness tampering in a court filing Friday, contending that the wealthy financier wired $350,000 to two associates who could testify against him.

They claimed Esptein made two payments, one for $100,000 and another for $250,000, to the two people.

The allegations were made in a court filing asking that Epstein be denied bail while he awaits trial.

US financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services' sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019. A bail hearing is scheduled for Monday morning.

He faces federal charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy.

Acosta's resignation came amid U.S. media reports that Epstein paid off possible co-conspirators to "influence" them. They didn't determine the two individuals who purchased the cash.

"Neither of these payments appears to be recurring or repeating during the approximately five years of bank records presently available to the government", they said.

"This route of action, and namely its timing, suggests the defendant turned into as soon as attempting to further impact co-conspirators who may per chance per chance present data in opposition to him in light of the recently re-rising allegations".

In 2011, a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office argued - against the recommendation of the New York Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders - that Epstein should not have to register as a top-level sex offender.

In accordance with an indictment, the prosperous financier paid women beneath the age of 18 to ruin sex acts at his Manhattan and Florida mansions between 2002 and 2005.

They cited his payments to imaginable witnesses and the menace that he would flit as reasons to help him in penal advanced, while describing him as "unrepentant and unreformed".

Acosta, joining Trump at the White House before the president left for a trip to Wisconsin, said he did not want to be a distraction to the administration's work because of his leadership of the Epstein case more than a decade ago.

Mr Acosta has served in Mr Trump's Cabinet since April 2017 and from 2005 through 2009 was the United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Acosta announced his resignation Friday over his handling of Epstein's case.

Epstein, 66, was arrested on July 6 at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, where he had returned on his private plane from Paris.

Mr Acosta instructed reporters: "I manufacture no longer think it's a ways upright and extremely finest... to bask in Epstein as the point of hobby in residing of the unprecedented economy that we bask in this day".

"My point here today is we have an incredible economy and the focus needs to be on the economy and job creation", Acosta said, calling it unfair the administration was being inundated with questions about a 12-year-old case.

While Mr Trump praised him as a "great, great" Labour Secretary, Mr Acosta said it would be "selfish" for him to stay in the job.

New York-born Epstein worked as a teacher before moving into finance.

Mr Trump, former president Bill Clinton and Britain's Prince Andrew had all previously been members of Mr Epstein's social circle over the years. "It's even stated that he likes lovely females as unprecedented as I attain, and a lot of them are on the younger facet".

The authorities's submitting, citing financial records, stated that Epstein despatched $100,000 on November 30, 2018, to "an particular person named as a probable co-conspirator in the [plea agreement]".

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