Two federal Bureau of Prisons employees are being investigated for their connection with 66-year-old Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in his prison cell.
Tova Noel, 31, and Michael Thomas, 41, were the guards on duty when Epstein allegedly killed himself on the morning of August 10, 2019. The guards are being charged with falling asleep and using the internet when they were supposed to be keeping a close eye on the convicted pedophile.
Noel and Thomas are also accused of failing to check on Epstein every half hour like they were supposed to. To make matters worse, the guards falsified their logs to make it look as though they had checked on him when they were required to.
The indictment says that Noel surfed the web for furniture and Thomas was browsing for motorcycles during their respective shifts. Also, instead of checking on Epstein, the guards wandered around their common area and fell asleep at their desks.
At 6:30am, the guards “discovered” Epstein’s dead body. A supervisor whose shift had just begun immediately responded to the unit.
According to records, Noel told this supervisor, “We did not complete the 3am and 5am rounds.”
Thomas said to the supervisor, “We messed up…we didn’t do any rounds.”
To simplify, Noel and Thomas were supposed to perform five institutional checks in which they account for the prisoners under their watch. The pair logged that these checks were completed, but prosecutors say not a single one was conducted.
The public is ready for further investigation into the sketchy details of Epstein’s death. After all, let’s be real: Epstein’s guards looked the other way faster than my cashier at CVS when I presented him with an expired allergy Flonase coupon.
The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide, but even Epstein’s own brother and lawyers aren’t convinced. Further, a forensic pathologist reported that Epstein’s neck injuries are consistent with strangulation.
The guards were working overtime due to staffing shortages, but something just doesn’t seem right about this whole situation.