Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Billionaire Financier Jeffrey Epstein Arrested For Allegedly Trafficking Minors

Billionaire Financier Jeffrey Epstein Arrested For Allegedly Trafficking Minors

The deal was also a non-prosecution agreement, essentially shutting down an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who may have been involved, according to the Miami Herald.

Asked by email if Epstein planned to plead not guilty to any charges, a lawyer for Epstein, Jack Goldberger, replied, "Yes".

Officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that the prosecution would argue that Epstein was aware that the girls were minors, some as young as 14.

Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to two counts of soliciting a prostitute and served 13 months in a Florida state prison.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY, which is handling the case, declined to comment.

Sources tell ABC News that Epstein was picked up in NY on Saturday after returning to the United States from France.

Epstein's deal was overseen by former Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who is now Trump's labor secretary.

Under the plea deal, the NY billionaire served only 13 months in a Florida jail while accused of molesting more than 100 underage girls-some of them just 14 years old.

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Epstein reportedly will be charged with trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for his homes on the Upper East Side of NY and in Palm Beach, Fla.

An attorney for Epstein declined to comment, as did a spokesman for the US attorney's office in Manhattan, where Epstein is expected to appear in federal court next week. "With his money, Epstein was able to buy more than a decade of delay in facing justice - but fortunately he wasn't able to postpone justice forever". "It was the work of our office that resulted in him going to jail".

Notably, though, Epstein avoided federal charges entirely - until now - and his time in prison was limited, considering the allegations he faced.

In 2015, a 31-year-old woman named Virginia Roberts signed a sworn affidavit stating that she had been held as a "sex slave" by Epstein between 1999 and 2002, beginning when she was 17 years old, and that she had been peddled by the billionaire to several of his friends, including Prince Andrew and Dershowitz.

Brad Edwards, a lawyer who represents some of Epstein's accusers, said, "I got many calls between last night and today from multiple victims crying tears of joy". This billionaire can't be let out just because he can cut a bail check.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the status of that probe.

In February, US District Court Judge Kenneth Marra ruled that federal prosecutors broke the law when they signed the plea bargain with Epstein for his 2008 conviction. But if investigators discovered wrongdoing they did not know about previously or that was not covered by the plea - even if it occurred years in the past - they would be allowed to bring new charges.

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