Prosecutors allege Epstein paid $350,000 to potential witnesses

Clay Curtis
July 15, 2019

Epstein has pleaded not guilty.

He is due in court on Monday for a hearing to consider his request for bail.

Those findings will be sent to federal authorities in NY, where Epstein has pleaded "not guilty" to sex trafficking charges.

He paid one individual named as a imaginable co-conspirator in the case $100,000 and the opposite suspected co-conspirator $250,000, the prosecutors declare.

The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they have been sexually assaulted, unless they agree to be identified, as Araoz, Arden and Ransome have done.

"Neither of these payments looks to be habitual or repeating at some stage in the roughly five years of financial institution recordsdata at the moment readily accessible to the federal government", they stated.

Epstein, who pleaded not guilty this week to federal sex trafficking charges in NY, has not faced criminal charges in New Mexico.

The indictment filed in NY this week accuses Epstein of paying girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then molesting them at his homes in Palm Beach, Florida, and NY from 2002 through 2005.

He has asked to be allowed to await trial under house arrest, but prosecutors argued in the court filing on Friday that he should be kept behind bars.

They cited his payments to imaginable witnesses and the risk that he would soar as causes to retain him in jail, while describing him as "unrepentant and unreformed".

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.

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Acosta said he did not think it was right for his handling of Epstein's case to distract from his work as secretary of labor.

The deal required Epstein to admit to a single state charge of soliciting prostitution from a minor and register as a sex offender.

The deal has advance beneath rising scrutiny with the unusual charges in opposition to Epstein this week.

President Donald Trump's Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta is stepping down from his role.

A Florida lawyer who represents several Epstein victims welcomed Acosta's resignation.

"I called the president this morning and told him I thought the right thing was to step aside", Acosta said, adding that "it would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about case that's 12 years old rather than the wonderful economy we have right now".

Unique York-born Epstein worked as a teacher earlier than coming into finance.

Prior to the criminal cases against him, he was best known for his wealth and high-profile connections.

Trump also further distanced himself from Epstein, a former associate who has a home in Palm Beach, where the president's Mar-a-Lago resort is located. "Terrific guy. He's a lot of fun to be with". "It is even acknowledged that he likes lovely ladies folk as powerful as I manufacture, and a lot of them are on the youthful facet". Trump said he had a falling-out with Epstein but declined to explain the circumstances - "the reason doesn't make any difference", he said - and repeated that he hasn't spoken to Epstein in 15 years.

Epstein also owns a $77 million Manhattan townhouse and a 75-acre estate built on a private island in the US Virgin Islands.

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