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EPSTEIN LATEST: 2 jail guards who were put on leave fell asleep, skipped half-hour checks, falsified records: report

August 14, 2019 - 6:37 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Another day, another revelation (or two, or three...) about the circumstances surrounding Jeffrey Epstein's death.

On Tuesday night, law enforcement and prison officials with knowledge of the matter told the New York Times that two staff members who were guarding Epstein’s unit fell asleep and did not check on him for three hours and then falsified records to cover their error.

The Bureau of Prisons on Tuesday announced it had temporarily reassigned the Metropolitan Correctional Center's warden, at the urging of U.S. Attorney General William Barr, pending the outcome of federal investigations into Epstein's apparent suicide. 

The two MCC staff assigned to Epstein's unit who allegedly fell asleep have also been placed on administrative leave, a Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said, adding "additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant."

In the interim, "FCI Otisville Warden James Petrucci has been named Acting Warden of the MCC New York," she said.

Also making news Tuesday was that the FDNY conducted an internal review to determine if one of its employees posted on 4chan -- an anonymous message popular with the far-right, white supremacists and conspiracy theorists -- that Epstein had died, ahead the news breaking in the media, BuzzFeed reported Tuesday.

Nearly 40 minutes before ABC News first reported about the convicted pedophile's death in a Lower Manhattan jail, a 4chan user published a post about it. 

"[D]ont ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest," read the post, which was published at 8:16 a.m. alongside an image of Pepe, the green frog that has become a mascot for right-wing internet trolls.

After publishing the post, 4chan users expressed doubt about the claim. That prompted the original poster to add more information, including a detailed breakdown of the procedures allegedly used to resuscitate Epstein, "which suggest the poster may have been a first responder, medical worker, or otherwise privy to details about efforts to resuscitate" Epstein, BuzzFeed reported.

That prompted BuzzFeed to alert the FDNY.

Follow its review, the FDNY "determined this alleged information did not come from the Fire Department," an FDNY spokesman said. 

The FDNY said a review is not as thorough and formal as an investigation -- which this concern did not warrant. 

"An investigation is a formal act which brings about a process which includes interviewing witnesses, serving notice, determining credibility of witness statements — and that was not warranted nor did it take place here," said FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer, who added that the FDNY's Office of Healthcare Compliance conducted the review.

He further explained, "This determination was made after a review of the incident. We looked at the information provided by [a BuzzFeed News] reporter and we looked at our own records and there was no match. It doesn't match our medical records."

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