Prison guards at Jeffrey Epstein’s unit are suspected to have falsified log entries showing they carried out regular checks in the run-up to his death, according to three media reports quoting unnamed sources.
Surveillance video that captures the comings and goings of the guards does not match prison logs, which noted checks were made every 30 minutes as per protocol, said sources close to the investigation cited by both CBS and The Associated Press.
Also citing two unnamed officials, The New York Times said that the two staff members who were guarding unit 9 South had falsely recorded in a log that they had checked on the billionaire when they had actually failed to check on him for about three hours.
“The two people guarding Mr. Epstein had been asleep for some or all of the three hours,” said the newspaper, citing three officials.
The warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) where the convicted sex offender was being held has been temporarily reassigned pending the outcome of multiple investigations, the Department of Justice announced on Aug. 13.
No cause of death has officially been revealed for Epstein, who, according to the Manhattan U.S. Attorney, was found dead in his cell on Aug. 10 after what was officially called an “apparent suicide.”
According to a source quoted by the New York Post, he hanged himself with his bed sheets.
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