Federal prosecutors said in a filing Friday that accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein should not be released on bail because he has been willing to use “intimidation and aggressive tactics”—including wiring large sums of money to alleged accomplices to keep them quiet.
“Epstein’s efforts to influence witnesses continue to this day,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote.
“As in the past, within recent months, he paid significant amounts of money to influence individuals who were close to him during the time period charged in this case and who might be witnesses against him at a trial.”
It noted the payments were part of a pattern that stretched back to 2018 when the Miami Herald began publishing its investigation of the pedophile billionaire.
Just two days after the stories began to appear “the defendant wired $100,000 from a trust account he controlled to an individual named as a possible co-conspirator,” the prosecutors wrote.
Three days later, they noted, “the defendant wired $250,000 from the same trust account to another individual named as a possible co-conspirator… and also identified as one of the defendant’s employees in the Indictment.”
The filing also noted that the parent of one of Epstein’s accusers was driven off the road by his private investigator more than a decade ago, when he was initially investigated for sex-trafficking in Florida but allowed to plead guilty to a state prostitution rap.
“The Police Report provides further information regarding victim and witness threats and intimidation reported against an individual who was directly in contact with an assistant of the defendant, followed ‘immediately’ by a call to that same individual from a phone number associated with the defendant’s businesses and associates,” the prosecution filing says.