Two guards responsible for Jeffrey Epstein have been charged
Federal Bureau of Prisons employees have now been charged over their falsification of records and conspiracy surrounding former U.S. financier and disgraced mogul Jeffrey Epstein's death.
Tova Noel, aged 31, and Michael Thomas, 41 were charged last Tuesday after their failure to check on Epstein in his cell. It turns out that the two guards were shopping for furniture online and ended up taking naps. They did not complete the mandatory protocol of 3 am and 5 am rounds. While Noel searched for furniture sales, Thomas was searching for online motorcycle sales and read sports news between 1 am to 6 am.
Their negligence allowed Epstein to commit suicide despite being only 15 feet away from them. They did not do their rounds for over eight hours. When it was time to serve the inmates, Epstein was already hanging in his cell. They found him at about 6:30 am.
Noel and Thomas, who had both self-surrendered to the FBI earlier on Tuesday, were supported by about a dozen correctional officers in the courtroom.
The two officers were each released on $100,000 bond and ordered to surrender their firearms and travel documents. In an orchestrated plan, their fellow officers formed a protective blockade to help shield them from photographers as they were released and left the court.
Around a dozen corrections officers who turned up in support of their two colleagues formed a protective blockade around the accused and covered their heads while shepherding them into waiting cars.
Noel and Thomas pleaded not guilty over their charges. The two officers were released on a $100,000 bond and were given orders to surrender all their firearms and travel documents. Noel's attorney Jason E. Foy claims that they should not have been ordered to surrender their firearms as the clients had no history of violence. He also claims that the crimes his client is accused of only shows that the world has gone mental.
Noel and Thomas were also given orders to not have any contact with each other until their next court appearance on November 25.