Billionaire hedge fund manger Jeffrey Epstein was given a sweetheart deal by Miami prosecutors to do just 13 months in jail for sex crimes against minors that could have landed him behind bars for life
President Trump’s Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta played a critical role in securing an unheard of deal for billionaire Jeffrey Epstein to serve just 13 months behind bars after he was accused of sex-trafficking minors.
Despite Epstein, now 65, facing a 53 page federal indictment that could have seen him in prison for the rest of his life, the billionaire instead quietly did 13-months behind bars in the Palm Beach County Jail.
He was handed the sweetheart deal sentence a decade ago in 2008.
The Epstein deal was developed over a breakfast between Miami’s then-top federal prosecutor, Acosta, and a former colleague, Washington, D.C., attorney Jay Lefkowitz, according to the explosive three-part report in the Miami Herald.
According to the Miami Herald, Acosta agreed that the deal, which was called a non-prosecution agreement, would also be kept secret from other victims.
The agreement effectively shut down an FBI investigation into whether there were other sexual assault victims.
Prosecutors alleged the minors would be lured with the promise of a couple hundred dollars to give an older man a massage. According to police, the victims have for the large part all told the same stories.
He would be ready for the massage before things turned to a sexual nature. Some of the alleged abused victims were sexually assaulted.
Trump’s current Labor Secretary Alex Acosta (right) was the top federal prosecutor in Miami that allegedly brokered the deal to have Epstein serve just over a year behind bars where possibly over 100 sex crime victims were involved. Otherwise, Epstein could have been facing life behind bars
The underage girls were allegedly lured to Epstein’s mansion in Florida with the lure of a couple hundred dollars to give him a massage- he allegedly sexually assaulted many of them
Once that deal was approved by a judge, it was sealed and stopped any chance that the girls or anyone else who could show up in court and try to derail it.
Epstein agreed to plead guilty to two prostitution charges in state court. His four potential accomplices were also immune from prosecution under the deal. So that granted immunity to ‘any potential co-conspirators’and those potentially involved were not named in court documents.
That stipulation led to the inference that possibly other influential people could have been having sex with underage girls at Epstein’s various homes or on his plane.
The eccentric hedge fund manager had friends in high places far and wide including the likes of former President Bill Clinton, future President Donald Trump and Prince Andrew.
Acosta is in Trump’s cabinet as U.S. Secretary of Labor, role which includes overseeing international child labor laws and human trafficking.
He is touted as a possible successor to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who resigned in early November.
This July 30, 2008 file photo shows Jeffrey Epstein in custody in West Palm Beach, Florida
Two looming court cases should cast some new light on the tangled web of litigation.
In two unrelated civil cases, one set for trial on December 4, is aiming to reveal more about Epstein’s crimes.
The Dec. 4 case, is in Palm Beach County state court. The case is particularly of note since it will be the very first time Epstein’s victims will have their day in court, with several of them scheduled to testify.
A second lawsuit, known as the federal Crime Victims’ Rights suit, is pending in Florida. That seeks to invalidate the non-prosecution agreement and aims to send Epstein to federal prison