Posted BY: Jim Hoft

Steven Hoffenberg, a longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate, was found dead in his Derby, Connecticut apartment. He was 77.

He was found by officials who said his body was “in a state where a visual identification could not be made.”

He was dead for a while.

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Epstein allegedly played a major role in a $460 million pyramid scheme years before he was accused of masterminding a lurid sex trafficking conspiracy.

The Daily Mail reported:

The cause of his death remains unconfirmed, but there were no visible signs of trauma to his body, a police source says.

His body was so decomposed that police believe he had been there for at least a week. A medical examiner is now using his dental records to make an identification.

Hoffenberg rose to notoriety in the 1990s with his scandal-ridden Towers Financial Corp, a firm he ran with Epstein and the vehicle in which swindled $460million out of 200 victims.

He spent 18 years in prison for the crimes and emerged a changed man who befriended Epstein’s victims.

DailyMail.com can reveal that it was Maria Farmer, the first woman to accuse Epstein of misconduct to police, who called the police asking them to check on Hoffenberg.

‘Hoff was one of my dearest friends on earth, more like a father than my own father ever was to me. He lived in kindness, always giving what little he had, never asking for anything.