On Tuesday, two federal prison officers were charged with falsifying prison records and conspiracy to falsify prison records in relation to the death of Jeffery Epstein.

The indictment alleges that Tova Noel and Michael Thomas,

“in dereliction of their duties as correctional officers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (“MCC”), repeatedly failed to perform mandated counts of prisoners under their watch in the MCC’s Special Housing Unit (“SHU”). Instead, for substantial portions of their shifts, NOEL and THOMAS sat at their desk, browsed the internet, and moved around the common area of the SHU. To conceal their failure to perform their duties, NOEL and THOMAS repeatedly signed false certifications attesting to having conducted multiple counts of inmates when, in truth and in fact, they never conducted such counts.

Accordingly, Noel and Thomas pleaded not guilty to the charges presented and each was released on the promise to post $100,000 bail within the next week.

View indictment here: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6553253-U-S-v-Tova-Noel-and-Michael-Thomas-guards-tied.html

On the same day that this indictment was unsealed, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The witness testifying was Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Dr. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer.

The hearing quick delved directly into the Jeffery Epstein saga. The Senators wanted answers that Sawyer apparently could not answer due to the on-going investigations into his death. Her main response to those questions was,

“The death and whole situation is still under investigation by the FBI and the Inspector General’s office. I’m really not at liberty to discuss the case.”

View Sawyer’s opening statement here:


Watch Sawyers Testimony here:


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