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Prosecutors Say They Found Odd Passport in Epstein's Safe

It was fake, for one
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2019 11:32 AM CDT
In this July 30, 2008, file photo, Jeffrey Epstein, center, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. Federal prosecutors, preparing for a bail fight Monday, July 15, 2019, say evidence against Epstein...   (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)

(Newser) – A judge won't decide whether Jeffrey Epstein is granted bail until Thursday, and both sides were given 20 minutes on Monday to make their case, reports CNN. Prosecutors argued he's a flight risk and could tamper with witnesses; his attorneys say the 66-year-old followed the terms of his 2008 plea deal to a T and should be permitted to reside in his Upper East Side mansion until his trial on child sex trafficking begins. But there were some nuggets that emerged, chiefly related to Epstein's wealth and what was found in his home.

  • Prosecutors say that in Epstein's home safe they found an expired foreign passport from the 1980s bearing Epstein's photo but another person's name and giving his address as one in Saudi Arabia, reports the AP. The safe also held "piles of cash" and "dozens of diamonds."
  • As for the hazy nature of Epstein's wealth, prosecutors say they have confirmed a net worth of upwards of $500 million and verified one of his accounts contained more than $110 million. But the AP reports prosecutors "cited a mysterious lack of financial records."

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