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05:30  16 july  2019
05:30  16 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Safe Had ‘Piles of Cash’ and a Fake Passport, Prosecutors Say © Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post, via Associated Press Jeffrey Epstein in 2008.

Investigators discovered a safe in Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan mansion that held “piles of cash,” diamonds and an expired passport from a foreign country which had Mr. Epstein’s photo but a fake name and said he lived in Saudi Arabia.

Prosecutors revealed the safe’s contents as they argued on Monday in Federal District Court in Manhattan that Mr. Epstein should be denied bail before his sex-trafficking and conspiracy trial because he was a flight risk and a danger to the community.

He is accused of abusing dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.

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Two women who said Mr. Epstein had abused them bolstered the government’s argument, urging Judge Richard M. Berman to deny him bail.

“He’s a scary person to have walking the streets,” said Courtney Wild, who said Mr. Epstein began sexually abusing her when she was 14.

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Since the charges against Mr. Epstein became public a week ago, a prosecutor said in court on Monday, many more potential victims and witnesses have come forward.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Safe Had ‘Piles of Cash’ and a Fake Passport, Prosecutors Say © Calla Kessler/The New York Times Courtney Wild, who says she was assaulted by Mr. Epstein at age 14, spoke at a bail hearing on Monday.

“We have been able to dramatically expand the scope of our investigation,” the prosecutor, Alexander Rossmiller, said.

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Though Epstein has refused to fill out a financial affidavit, prosecutors said he "reports having an Prosecutors raised the issue of possible witness tampering after Epstein ' s attorneys submitted a bail Prosecutors said in court papers that Epstein poses a flight risk and could use his wealth to

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Judge Berman said he would not rule until Thursday on whether Mr. Epstein should be granted bail while he awaits trial.

Mr. Epstein, 66, who faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted on the charges, has been detained since his July 6 arrest in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan, a highly secure jail that has held accused terrorists, mobsters and most recently, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Safe Had ‘Piles of Cash’ and a Fake Passport, Prosecutors Say © ASSOCIATED PRESS This courtroom sketch shows Judge Richard Berman as he speaks during the Jeffrey Epstein bail hearing in federal court, Monday July 15, 2019. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

Last week Mr. Epstein proposed in court papers that he be allowed to remain under house arrest in his $56 million mansion on the Upper East Side, promising he would pay for 24-hour security guards who would ensure he did not flee.

His attorneys said in court that Mr. Epstein has been law-abiding for more than a decade; he had pleaded guilty to two state prostitution charges in Florida and served 13 months in jail.

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Though Epstein has refused to fill out a financial affidavit, prosecutors said he "reports having an Prosecutors raised the issue of possible witness tampering after Epstein ' s attorneys submitted a bail Prosecutors said in court papers that Epstein poses a flight risk and could use his wealth to

Jeffrey Epstein , the financier facing sex-trafficking charges in New York, has been described by prosecutors as a man of enormous wealth: He owns a million mansion on the Upper East Side, a million estate in Palm Beach, Fla., a private island in the Caribbean and a private jet, they said .

“He didn’t re-engage in this activity,” one of his lawyers, Martin G. Weinberg, told the judge on Monday, adding, “It’s not like he’s an out-of-control rapist.”

Jeffrey Epstein’s Safe Had ‘Piles of Cash’ and a Fake Passport, Prosecutors Say Zorro Ranch, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, is seen in an aerial view near Stanley, New Mexico, U.S., July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Drone Base

Mr. Epstein’s lawyers have said that their client’s release is critical to his ability to help in the preparation of his defense in a case the government has said involves a voluminous number of documents and other evidence.

But Judge Berman pointed to the many less wealthy defendants jailed at Rikers Island awaiting trial on state charges, noting those defendants also had a need to consult with their lawyers.

“What are we going to tell all those people who can’t make a $500 or $1,000 bail?” the judge said.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Safe Had ‘Piles of Cash’ and a Fake Passport, Prosecutors Say © ASSOCIATED PRESS Annie Framer, one of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers who spoke at his bail hearing, attends a news conference outside federal court, in New York, Monday, July 15, 2019. Farmer says she was 16 when she "had the misfortune" of meeting Epstein and later went to spend time with him in New Mexico. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Echoing the judge’s comments, Mr. Rossmiller argued Mr. Epstein was seeking special treatment to build his own private jail — a “gilded cage”— surrounded by armed guards and security cameras.

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Jeffrey Epstein , who was charged with sex trafficking on Monday, bought Little St. James Island off of St. Thomas more than two decades ago. Visit INSIDER' s homepage for more stories. Employees on Jeffrey Epstein ' s private island compound in the US Virgin Islands say they had to stay out of the

Prosecutors said that Epstein was “extravagantly wealthy”, however, noting that Epstein ’ s wealth and alleged potential for witness tampering were just two of the government’ s arguments against the The defense argued that Epstein had been a “law-abiding citizen” for the last 14 years, and that he

“A person who needs those conditions should be detained,” he said.

In seeking Mr. Epstein’s detention, prosecutors had argued in court papers that he could use his fortune, which they estimated to be more than $500 million, to help flee.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Safe Had ‘Piles of Cash’ and a Fake Passport, Prosecutors Say © ASSOCIATED PRESS Attorneys David Boies, left, and Brad Edwards speak during a news conference outside federal court, in New York, Monday, July 15, 2019. Standing at background left is Annie Farmer, and background third left is Courtney Wild, two of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers who spoke at his bail hearing. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Besides mansions in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Fla., Mr. Epstein owns a home in Paris, a private Caribbean island and a sprawling ranch in New Mexico. He travels in a private jet.

Still, the extent of Mr. Epstein’s wealth remained unclear. Judge Berman noted that a financial disclosure statement Mr. Epstein’s lawyers had filed did not present a comprehensive accounting of his finances.

The government had also said Mr. Epstein might try to obstruct justice if he were given bail. Prosecutors said that last year he wired $350,000 to two people who were potential witnesses against him at a trial.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Safe Had ‘Piles of Cash’ and a Fake Passport, Prosecutors Say A policeman stands at the courthouse ahead of a bail hearing in US financier Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking case on July 15, 2019 in New York City. - Epstein, 66, was charged July 8, 2019 in New York with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Mr. Epstein’s lawyers suggested on Monday that the payments could have been “an act of generosity” to Mr. Epstein’s associates, and that government lawyers were unable to prove otherwise.

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Jeffrey Epstein faces charges from incidents in the early 2000 s . Federal prosecutors in New York Prosecutors raised the issue of possible witness tampering after Epstein ' s attorneys submitted a Though Epstein has refused to fill out a financial affidavit, prosecutors said he "reports having an

Past employee claims Jeffrey Epstein may be hiding more than cash in safe . Financier Jeffrey Epstein paid 0,000 to two potential witnesses against him in his sex trafficking case According to prosecutors , Epstein wired the money late last year, days after the Miami Herald published the first

In 2008, Mr. Epstein pleaded guilty to the two state charges in Florida — soliciting a prostitute and procuring a minor for prostitution — as part of a secret deal with federal prosecutors to satisfy a potential indictment on similar charges. He ended up serving his 13-month sentence in a local jail, with work-release six days a week, and avoided federal prosecution.

That deal was brokered by Alexander Acosta, a former United States attorney in Miami who resigned last week as President Trump’s labor secretary after public outrage over the Epstein agreement reached a fever pitch.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Safe Had ‘Piles of Cash’ and a Fake Passport, Prosecutors Say © ASSOCIATED PRESS President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 12, 2019, before Trump boards Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Wisconsin. Trump says Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to step down, move comes in wake of handling of Jeffrey Epstein case. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Besides the safe containing the passport under a fake name, cash and diamonds, which the government said it had learned about on Monday, the authorities have said that a previous search turned up an extraordinary number of lewd photographs of young women and girls.

The photographs were found Mr. Epstein’s palatial townhouse at 9 East 71st Street, where, according to an indictment, he sexually molested underage girls whom he had recruited through his employees to give him naked massages for money.

On the day Mr. Epstein appeared in court, Leslie Wexner, the retail magnate who was his most important client for many years, released a statement saying he was unaware of the illegal activities charged in the indictment.

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Prosecutors , however, have said both in a written bail memorandum and in court that Epstein , 66, is a substantial flight risk. "He is a man of nearly infinite means, your honor," Assistant US Attorney Alex Rossmiller told a judge on Monday, " and , as set forth in our submission, he has tremendous

Marra said that while prosecutors had the right to resolve the case in any way they saw fit, they violated the law by hiding the agreement from Epstein ’ s victims. “Particularly problematic was the Government’ s decision to conceal the existence of the [agreement] and mislead the victims to believe

Jeffrey Epstein’s Safe Had ‘Piles of Cash’ and a Fake Passport, Prosecutors Say © 2019 Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: The front door of the residence owned by Jeffrey Epstein on the Upper East Side is seen on July 15, 2019 in New York City. A judge is prepared to rule on Jeffrey Epstein’s bail status after it was delayed by his lawyers arguing he should be able to reside in his mansion pre-trial. Epstein is charged with sex trafficking of minors and it has been alleged that he paid underage girls for sexual acts. (Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

Mr. Wexner, in a letter to employees at his L Brands company — which now operates Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works — said Mr. Epstein had been his personal money manager, but that he had severed ties with him a dozen years ago.

“I would not have continued to work with any individual capable of such egregious, sickening behavior as has been reported about him,” Mr. Wexner wrote.

Matthew Goldstein contributed reporting.

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