Federal prosecutors said on Monday during a bail hearing that a fake passport listing Saudi Arabia as a residence along with “piles of cash” and “dozens of diamonds” were found in Epstein’s home safe.
Epstein’s lawyers want him released on house arrest, however, prosecutors argue the billionaire pedophile is a flight risk and a danger to the public.
Associated Press reported:
Federal prosecutors say a search of Jeffrey Epstein’s home safe turned up a bogus passport that listed a Saudi Arabia residence along with “piles of cash” and “dozens of diamonds.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller revealed at a bail hearing Monday that the passport, issued in the 1980s, has a photo of Epstein but a different name. They also cited a mysterious lack of financial records.
The details emerged during a discussion of the financier’s assets and whether he would be a flight risk.
Prosecutors said previously that federal agents found a trove of nude photos during the raid on Epstein’s mansion following his arrest on sex trafficking charges.
A judge says he will not rule Monday on Epstein’s bail, saying he needs more time.
Epstein’s lawyers want him released on house arrest.
Epstein is currently being held in a federal jail in New York City where he has been since his arrest last week.
Prosecutors not only argue Epstein is a flight risk, they worry he will also try to influence witnesses if he is not held in jail as he awaits trial.
Epstein was willing to put up $100 million bail so he could be held on house arrest in his $77 million Manhattan mansion, however a judge on Monday denied his request and announced he will make his decision on Thursday.