#AceNewsReport – July.07: Epstein was arrested Saturday and is expected to appear in federal court in New York on Monday: Epstein faces charges brought by US prosecutors in Manhattan, after previously evading similar charges when he secured a non-prosecution deal with federal prosecutors in Miami.
The charges, contained in a sealed indictment, involve alleged sex trafficking crimes committed between 2002 and 2005, according to law enforcement sources: The indictment alleged that the crimes occurred in both New York and Palm Beach, Florida: A team of federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York, along with some in the public corruption unit, have been assigned to the case: Maurene Comey, the daughter of former FBI director James Comey, is one of the prosecutors, according to a source with knowledge of the case: CNN has reached out to Epstein’s lawyer:
The arrest was first reported by the Daily Beast: In November, the Miami Herald reported that when Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was a US attorney in Florida, he gave Epstein the “deal of a lifetime.” In a sweeping review of the politically connected billionaire’s case, the Herald explained how Acosta had made an agreement with Epstein to avoid major repercussions for the hedge fund manager, even though a federal investigation had identified 36 underage victims.
The report said Acosta had brokered a deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys, where he pleaded in 2008 to two state prostitution charges, ultimately serving only 13 months and avoiding a federal trial: He also registered as a sex offender and paid restitution to the victims identified by the FBI: The agreement, the Herald said, “essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe” and further granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators” in the case.
Acosta told CNN in February that he welcomed an investigation by Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility into his handling of Epstein’s plea agreement: Acosta also denied any wrongdoing: Two months earlier, Epstein settled a separate lawsuit that could have allowed for several of his accusers to tell their stories in open court.
#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: July.07: 2019:
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