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Hedge Fund Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein Arrested In NYC On Sex Trafficking Charges

Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy, politically connected Florida financier, was arrested in New York on Saturday evening on sex-trafficking related charges, sources tell NBC 4 New York.

Epstein is expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, two law enforcement officials said on a condition of anonymity.

Spokesmen for the FBI and the U.S. Attorney Southern District of New York declined to comment.
 link to www.nbcnewyork.com

Jeffrey Epstein Arrested in NYC on Sex Trafficking-Related Charges: Sources

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Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy, politically connected Florida financier, was arrested in New York on Saturday evening on sex-trafficking related charges, sources tell NBC 4 New York.

Epstein is expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, two law enforcement officials said on a condition of anonymity.

Spokesmen for the FBI and the U.S. Attorney Southern District of New York declined to comment.

A 2008 deal ended a federal investigation that could have landed Epstein, now 66, in prison for life. Instead, he was allowed to plead guilty to lesser state charges that resulted in a 13-month jail sentence and required financial settlements to dozens of his victims. He also had to register as a sex offender.

The agreement was overseen by former Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who is now President Donald Trump's labor secretary. In the face of intense criticism, Acosta has defended the plea deal as appropriate under the circumstances.

Court documents show at least 40 underage girls were brought into Epstein's Palm Beach mansion for what turned into sexual encounters. Authorities say he had female fixers who would look for suitable girls, some local and others recruited from Eastern Europe and other parts of the world.

Epstein has maintained a home in New York City, a ranch in New Mexico and a private Caribbean island. Some of the girls were brought to those places as well, court documents show.

Epstein is a wealthy hedge fund manager who once counted as friends former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain's Prince Andrew, and Trump, who was his neighbor in Palm Beach at the time.

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Jeffrey Epstein Documents Could Expose Powerful Politicians, Businessmen 06.Jul.2019 19:40

Jul 3, 2019

Topline: A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered that 167 documents in a lawsuit that alleges famously well-connected financier Jeffrey Epstein participated in a sex-trafficking ring should be unsealed—and that many of his powerful friends could be named.

In its 27-page decision, the court cited the public's right to access the case information outweighed the privacy of certain individuals, "including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well‐known Prime Minister, and other world leaders."

Virginia Guiffre (now Roberts) filed the lawsuit against Ghislane Maxwell, alleging that she had used her as part of a sex trafficking network of underage girls to Epstein and a number of his famous friends, including his lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew. Both men denied the accusations.

Dershowitz has supported unsealing the documents, according to the Daily Beast.

The documents will not be immediately available, as anonymous individuals involved in the case have two weeks to file appeals.

The court advised the documents be read carefully. "We therefore urge the media to exercise restraint in covering potentially defamatory allegations, and we caution the public to read such accounts with discernment," wrote the court in its decision.

Key background: Epstein had previously been charged in 2007 in a 53-page indictment. As the Miami Herald revealed in its investigative series "Perversion of Justice," Epstein managed to escape all federal charges through a plea deal that gave him and all of his coconspirators immunity, with all documents being sealed. Epstein ended up pleading guilty to one state prostitution charge in Florida. He then registered as a sex offender and paid unspecified restitution to three dozen victims identified by the FBI.

The contentious plea deal was orchestrated by U.S. attorney Alexander Acosta, now President Trump's secretary of labor. The Miami Herald's reporting prompted calls for Acosta to resign, but he has remained in his Cabinet post.

In February, a U.S. district judge determined federal prosecutors, including Acosta, broke the law by failing to notify victims before Epstein pleaded guilty to the Florida prostution charge. That decision could potentially nullify Epstein's plea deal, opening him up to new federal charges. But prosecutors are challenging this ruling.


yikes 07.Jul.2019 10:19

Clyde

Going to be very interesting to see if he gives anyone up. I think folks on both sides of the aisle are going to be pretty shocked by who is implicated if and when that happens.

(FWIW, hey ^ Clyde) Just a few things to note and keep in mind — 07.Jul.2019 13:34

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about all of this now ensuing.


1) A team of federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York (former home of Loretta Lynch, James Comey and other Clinton mafiosi), along with some in the public corruption unit, have been assigned to this case.
Among that team is prosecutor and Assistant United States Attorney Maurene Comey, the daughter of former FBI director James Comey,

2) Epstein's famous 'pedophile island' aka Little St. James  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Saint_James,_U.S._Virgin_Islands and the airliner shuttle service to-from there aka the 'Lolita Express' has a published passenger flight log, which records Bill Clinton on it 27 times.

3) Donald Trump was never on the 'Lolita Express' flight log, not once.

4) Trump — once in the late 1990s (based on Mark Epstein's testimony in 2009) — hitched a ride from Daytona Beach to New York City with Epstein's brother on their (Jeffrey and Mark's) airplane.

5) Trump kicked Jeffrey Epstein out of his Mar-a-Lago golf club and banned him from there for life, upon learning that Epstein had assaulted the 14-year-old daughter of an employee.

6) At Epstein's first arrest, Trump voluntarily went to the police to give a statement; the police commented that Trump "could not have been more forthcoming."

7) February 27, 2015 [4 YEARS AGO] with Sean Hannity at CPAC, Hannity asked Trump : "Bill Clinton?" Trump : "Nice guy. Uhh. Got a lot of problems coming up, in my opinion, with the famous island, with Jeffrey Epstein."

[excerpted from] Jeffrey Epstein: International Moneyman of Mystery 08.Jul.2019 00:59

by Landon Thomas Jr.

[ This excerpt is from --> Part 2 aka 'index1' URL below. Article from Oct 28, 2002 issue of 'New York Magazine' in 4 'parts' linked below.
Also *note: Epstein's particular relationship with clothing magnate Leslie Wexner... other tabloid reporting has directly implied that the two of them may have other things intimately in common apart from merely business and finance... ]

Part 1 —  http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/n_7912/index.html
Part 2 —  http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/n_7912/index1.html
Part 3 —  http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/n_7912/index2.html
Part 4 —  http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/n_7912/index3.html

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Epstein was in many respects the perfect candidate for [Ace] Greenberg's consideration. [Ace] Greenberg, a senior partner at Bear Stearns at the time and a legendary trader in his own right, has long made it clear that it's the hungry, brilliant guys lacking the fancy degrees that he favors at Bear. They even have an acronym: PSDs — poor, smart, and a deep desire to be rich. It was a description that fit Epstein to a T. He was a Brooklyn guy with a motor for a brain, and while he did love teaching, this close-up view of the rarefied Upper East Side life of his students' gave him a taste for the big time.

So in 1976, he dropped everything and reported to work at Bear Stearns, where he started off as a junior assistant to a floor trader at the American Stock Exchange. His ascent was rapid.

At the time, options trading was an arcane and dimly understood field, just beginning to take off. To trade options, one had to value them, and to value them, one needed to be able to master such abstruse mathematical confections as the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. For Epstein, breaking down such models was pure sport, and within just a few years he had his own stable of clients. "He was not your conventional broker saying 'Buy IBM' or 'Sell Xerox,' " says Bear Stearns CEO Jimmy Cayne. "Given his mathematical background, we put him in our special-products division, where he would advise our wealthier clients on the tax implications of their portfolios. He would recommend certain tax-advantageous transactions. He is a very smart guy and has become a very important client for the firm as well."

In 1980, Epstein made partner, but he had left the firm by 1981. Working in a bureaucracy was not for him; what's more, in rubbing up against ever greater sums of money during his time at Bear, he began to feel the need to grab his own piece of the action.

In 1982, according to those who know Epstein, he set up his own shop, J. Epstein and Co., which remains his core business today. The premise behind it was simple: Epstein would manage the individual and family fortunes of clients with $1 billion or more. Which is where the mystery deepens. Because according to the lore, Epstein, in 1982, immediately began collecting clients. There were no road shows, no whiz-bang marketing demos — just this: Jeff Epstein was open for business for those with $1 billion-plus.

His firm would be different, too. He was not here just to offer investment advice; he saw himself as the financial architect of every aspect of his client's wealth — from investments to philanthropy to tax planning to security to assuaging the guilt and burdens that large sums of inherited wealth can bring on. "I want people to understand the power, the responsibility, and the burden of their money," he said to a colleague at the time.

As a teacher at Dalton, he had witnessed firsthand the troubled attitudes of some of the poor little rich kids under his charge; at Bear, he had come to the realization that, counterintuitively, the more money you had, the more anxious you became. For a middle-class kid from Brooklyn, it just didn't make sense.

From the get-go, his business was successful. But the conditions for investing with Epstein were steep: He would take total control of the billion dollars, charge a flat fee, and assume power of attorney to do whatever he thought was necessary to advance his client's financial cause. And he remained true to the $1 billion entry fee. According to people who know him, if you were worth $700 million and felt the need for the services of Epstein and Co., you would receive a not-so-polite no-thank-you from Epstein.

It's nice work if you can get it. Epstein runs a lean operation, and those close to him say that his actual staff — based here in Manhattan at the Villard House (home to Le Cirque); New Albany, Ohio; and St. Thomas, where he reincorporated his company seven years ago (now called Financial Trust Co.) — numbers around 150 and is purely administrative. When it comes to putting these billions to work in the markets, it is Epstein himself making all the investment calls — there are no analysts or portfolio managers, just twenty accountants to keep the wheels greased and a bevy of assistants — many of them conspicuously attractive young women — to organize his hectic life. So assuming, conservatively, a fee of .5 percent (he takes no commissions or percentages) on $15 billion, that makes for a management fee of $75 million a year straight into Jeff Epstein's pocket. Nice work indeed.

It has been rumored that Linda Wachner and David Rockefeller have been clients, too, but both parties deny any such relationship. What's more, who ever heard of a financial adviser turning down $500 million accounts? All the speculation and mystery has proved fertile ground for some alternative Jeffrey Epstein stories — the most bizarre of which has him playing the piano (he is classically trained) for high rollers in a Manhattan piano bar in the mid-eighties.

Another focus of curiosity is the relationship that Epstein has with his patron and mentor Leslie Wexner, founder and chairman of the Columbus, Ohio-based Limited chain of women's-clothing stores. Wexner, who is said to be worth more than $2.5 billion by Forbes, became an Epstein client in 1987. "It's a weird relationship," says another Wall Streeter who knows Epstein. "It's just not typical for someone of such enormous wealth to all of a sudden give his money to some guy most people have never heard of." The Wexner-Epstein relationship is indeed a multifaceted one.

Given the secrecy that envelops Epstein's client list, some have speculated that Wexner is the primary source of Epstein's lavish life — but friends leap to his defense. "Let me tell you: Jeffrey Epstein has other clients besides Wexner. I know because some of them are my clients," says noted m&a lawyer Dennis Block of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. "I sent him a $500 million client a few years ago and he wouldn't take him. Said the account was too small. Both the client and I were amazed. But that's Jeffrey."

Epstein's current residence in Manhattan — a 45,000-square-foot eight-story mansion on East 71st Street — was originally bought by Wexner for $13 million in 1989. Wexner poured many millions into a full gut renovation, then turned it over to Epstein in 1995 after he got married. One story has Epstein paying only a dollar for it, though others say he paid full market price, which would have been in the neighborhood of $20 million. Epstein then undertook his own $10 million gut renovation (special features: closed-circuit TV and a heated sidewalk in front of the house for melting snow), saying to friends: "I don't want to live in another person's house."

New York Magazine, 2002

jesus 08.Jul.2019 08:55

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trump wasnt even mentioned and you are already defending him just in case

[QUOTE]: " just in case" ??!!??11!! Lol. 08.Jul.2019 17:14

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everyone here (by default) has Trump Derangement Syndrome, so I merely wanted to serve up a few IRREFUTABLE FACTS to remember and consider about the broader case as it presently exists, i.e. the Twittersphere/ idiocracyFacePhone-Net [Don't Take My Word For It, Go Look For Yourself] has already taken to all the possible ways the arrest of Epstein can eventually-'Inevitably' lead to "impeachment" (lol) or whatever other Pie-In-Sky-Burning-at-the-STEAK fantasies all the TDS ****s have in their collective brains about finally "getting DT".

The likes of you, though apparently would far rather bathe in irrational hatred-thought (/speech /splenetic spittle) and 'stewing of the mind', rather than engage in either rational discourse or consideration of cold hard evidence.


As for ^^you "jesus" take care of your period and ST*U.

Addendum: more on the Establish-Sphere, now s**tting bricks — 08.Jul.2019 17:27

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most of the big U.S. corporate mass media outlets (WaPo, Newsweek, CNN etc.) RIGHT NOW have a big headline across their web sites / newspapers / Twit-Fakebook feeds with some variation of the following :

" Epstein, *DONALD TRUMP'S* long time friend "
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i.e. if they _even bother_ mentioning Clinton, the Podestas, and/or others in the leader or headline.


In an uncommon (among the primary propaganda) display of rational honesty, Christine Pelosi, daughter of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has tweeted outlining a concern around the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein [QUOTE]: "it is quite likely that some of our faves are implicated."


Anyway the point being that the U.S. corporate media which represents the political establishment is doing EVERYTHING HUMANLY AND ELECTRONICALLY POSSIBLE to *spin* this as _somehow_ connected to Trump; when the fact is, Trump is just another billionaire from the exact same locality-and-timeframe NYC circle, out of many other celebs/billionaires/bigwigs etc. that both of them knew either casually or 'well'. [And see the specific statements and ^^^actions above by trump including banning J.E. from Mar-a-lago for life.] Epstein and his 'Lolita Express', pedo island etc. is *much* more closely connected to Clinton, Podesta bros. and many other primarily Democratic Party politicians, but also of course some big GOPers as well (Bushes, see above ^^^clothing magnate Leslie Wexner who is tight with Bushes but also heavily funds the DNC etc.)

Lots of (potential...) collateral damage to go around, everywhere on this.

Yeah! ...Clyde the "Non-Believer" 08.Jul.2019 18:37

Tracy Mapes

...salivating at the possibilities.

...What a Dumb Ass - *(thinks shit only happens where there's money)*

hi Tracy! 08.Jul.2019 20:03

Clyde

Good to see you. Hope your court case is going well. That's a mighty big fine you're looking at. Think of all the leaflets you could print with that money. Such a shame.

You are Sooooooooooooo! Wrooooooooooooooong! 08.Jul.2019 23:27

Tracy Mapes

Add up the Press and see if you could bank that for $2500 bucks, Loser.

here's the February 27, 2015 Video Clip from C-SPAN: Trump at CPAC 09.Jul.2019 00:32

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February 27, 2015 [4 YEARS AGO] with Sean Hannity at CPAC, Hannity asked Trump : "Bill Clinton?" Trump : "Nice guy. Uhh. Got a lot of problems coming up, in my opinion, with the famous island, with Jeffrey Epstein."


July 15, 2019-07-15 *UPDATE* — prosecuters reveal phony Epstein passport 15.Jul.2019 22:24

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Some revelations from prosecutors inside court: They were notified today that among epstein's possessions: a foreign passport issued in the 1980s, expired, with a photo that appears to be epstein, and a name that is not epstein's.

Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) July 15, 2019


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It was revealed during the proceedings on Monday that Epstein was discovered to have diamonds, artwork and piles of cash throughout his Manhattan mansion, as well as an official passport with an assumed name that was issued by a foreign government.

Assistant US Attorney Alex Rossmiller did not say what country had issued the passport, but did note it had only recently expired according to Courthouse News reporter Adam Klasfeld.

That passport also listed Epstein's residence as being in Saudi Arabia, said Rossmiller, who revealed in court it was one of the items found in the search.