WASHINGTON (AP) — The two Bureau of Prisons workers tasked with guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself in a New York jail have admitted they falsified records, but they will skirt any time behind bars under a deal with federal prosecutors.
The prison workers, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, were accused of sleeping and browsing the internet instead of monitoring Epstein the night he took his own life in August 2019.
They were charged with lying on prison records to make it seem as though they had made required checks on the financier before he was found in his cell Aug. 10.
New York City's medical examiner ruled Epstein's death a suicide.
Noel and Thomas, as part of their deal, will enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department and won't serve any time behind bars, the Associated Press reported.
The AP reported that they'll instead be released under supervision, complete 100 hours of community service and required to cooperate fully with an ongoing probe by the Justice Department’s inspector general.