Ghislaine Maxwell refused to open the FBI's front door when they raided her $ 1 million home and fled to another room in the house, prosecutors claimed today.
The alleged chief recruiter for Jeffrey Epstein fled to another room and was seen "quickly closing a door behind him".
The FBI slammed the door and discovered a cell phone wrapped in aluminum foil, which the prosecution described as "seemingly misguided efforts to circumvent the discovery" by law enforcement officials.
New York prosecutors said this was evidence that Maxwell "is able to live in hiding" and should be refused bail.
58-year-old Maxwell will appear in court on Tuesday, where a judge will decide whether she can be released.
Ghislaine Maxwell refused to open the FBI's front door and tried to escape to another room when they robbed her $ 1 million house, prosecutors claimed today
The FBI slammed the door and discovered a cell phone wrapped in aluminum foil, which the prosecutor described as an "apparently misguided effort to elude the discovery."
She is currently being held at the fortress-like Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she wears paper clothes to make sure she doesn't kill herself.
Epstein hanged himself last August while waiting for the sexual trafficking trial, and the Department of Justice wants to make sure she doesn't do the same.
Maxwell is accused of having cared for girls at the age of 14, so that Epstein abused her between 1994 and 1997 when she was his girlfriend.
Prosecutors from southern New York City have outlined their case against Maxwell's bail in a 19-page document filed on Monday.
Maxwell had offered a $ 5 million bond, co-signed by two of her sisters, and secured over $ 3.75 million in real estate in the UK.
She would be locked up in a house in the New York area, hand in all of her travel documents, and be GPS monitored.
However, the prosecutor argued that nothing would ensure that someone with three passports would be enough, even for France, which has no extradition agreement with Britain.
They said their behavior during the 8.30am raid on July 2 on the Tuckedaway property in the rural town of Bradford, New Hampshire, was "unsettling".
They wrote that when the FBI arrived, they were faced with a locked gate through which they were pushing.
The file said: “When the agents approached the front door to the main house, they registered as FBI agents and instructed the accused to open the door.
Through a window, the agents saw the defendant ignore the instruction to open the door and instead tried to flee to another room in the house and quickly close a door behind him. The agents were eventually forced to break the door to enter the house and arrest the accused who was found inside the house.
When the agents went through a security check on the house, they also noticed an aluminum foil-wrapped cell phone on a desk, an apparently misguided effort to elude the discovery, not by the press or the public, which of course would have been no way for her Tracing the phone or intercepting their communications but through law enforcement. "
The New York prosecutor said on Monday Monday that this was evidence that Maxwell was "able to live in hiding" and the bail should be refused
After Maxwell, the daughter of the late newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, was arrested, the FBI spoke to a security guard who worked on the property and said that her brother hired him from a company that was staffed by former British military soldiers.
THE STATEMENTS AGAINST MAXWELL
- Conspiracy to convince minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity (maximum sentence 5 years)
- Seducing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity (20 years)
- Conspiracy to transport minors with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
- Promotion of a minor intending to engage in criminal sexual activity (minimum 10 years, maximum life)
- X 2 counts of perjury (x 10 years)
THE FACTS & # 39;
According to prosecutors, Maxwell cared for three girls for Epstein between 1994 and 1997.
They are not mentioned in the indictment, but are said to have targeted them in London, Florida, New York, and New Mexico.
Maxwell should make friends with the girls by asking them about their life and schooling. She would reassure them by taking them to the movies and shopping, and winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, they say.
To "normalize" the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls and asked them sexual questions.
It not only made it easier for Epstein, the prosecutors say, but also participated in the abuse.
The alleged sexual abuse includes "sexualized group massages".
The indictment also says that Maxwell "felt obliged" to the girl Epstein by encouraging her to take money from him and make him pay for her education and travel.
The file says: "The security guard informed the FBI that the defendant had not left the property while he was working there and that the security guard was instead sent with a credit card to purchase the property. As these facts make clear, there should be no question that the accused is able to hide. "
In her court files, Maxwell's lawyers argued that she was at increased risk of contracting the corona virus in prison.
They claim that the pandemic's restrictions on access to their lawyers would mean that they were unable to get a fair trial.
Prosecutors said the prison has actually made significant efforts to take them in and protect them.
In a 19-page document, prosecutors from the southern district of New York rejected their offer of a $ 5 million bail package, which was covered by $ 3.75 million in British real estate as "little more than an unsecured bond" .
It was not enough that she was subjected to 24-hour surveillance and remained under house arrest because "she not only has the motive to flee but also the means to do it quickly and effectively."
Prosecutors said Maxwell had passports for three countries, including France, which has no extradition agreement with the United States.
The case against her is "strong" and several victims have provided "detailed, credible evidence of the accused's criminal behavior" – more women have reported in the past week.
The victims have made it clear that Maxwell should be placed in pre-trial detention and say they have "been abused directly as a result of Ghislaine Maxwell's actions"
The document states: "Although this behavior took place a few years ago, it is not surprising that the victims were unable to forget the defendant's predator
Behavior after all this time, since traumatic childhood experiences often leave indelible traces.
"The memories of the victims have striking similarities that confirm each other and provide convincing evidence of the accused's active participation in a disruptive care and sexual abuse program for underage girls."
The prosecutor said it was "strange" that Maxwell claimed to have access to millions of dollars and had not offered "a single cent" as collateral for her loan.
They claimed that Maxwell's finances were "completely opaque" and they had not even specified what properties she would use for her loan.
Some of the co-signers are "so rich themselves that it would be no financial burden" if they lost their $ 5 million through Maxwell's bail, the document says.
Maxwell was romantically associated with Jeffrey Epstein from around 1992, but then became his "right-wing wife", who administered his property empire and supposedly his trade with minors
Her bail application (pictured) was filed with the US District Court in Manhattan, alleging that she was not "hiding" from the authorities, was not a flight risk, and was at risk of getting COVID-19 if she continued to be imprisoned by Brooklyn is being held
The document states that Maxwell has had a Swiss bank account and multiple accounts with at least one UK-based bank in recent years.
In 2018 and 2019, Maxwell told the U.S. government that the UK bank account had "well over" $ 2 million.
The Swiss bank account revealed that Maxwell was a trustee of a family business last month with a balance in excess of $ 4 million.
A transfer to this account last year was more than $ 750,000, and Maxwell paid $ 1 million in cash last December for her property in New Hampshire.
Still, Maxwell told court officials that she had less than $ 1 million in bank accounts, which the prosecutor said should lead to a "serious break" for the court.
The prosecutor wrote: "To the extent that the accused now refuses to declare her property or access to great wealth, it is not that it does not exist – it is because she is trying to hide it . "
In the document, they said that Maxwell was faced with the "reality of serious charges" and the "real prospect of spending many years in prison" – up to 35 years after their count.
The prosecutor wrote: "The accused has spent the past two decades without consequences for her criminal acts.
& # 39; Before being arrested in this case, the accused believed for years that she had gotten away with her crimes. This illusion has now broken and there are a number of new reasons to use your considerable resources to escape.
"Furthermore, the accused's willingness to swear insolently about their behavior, including some of the behaviors listed in the indictment, strongly suggests that their real motive was and remains that they will not be held accountable for their crimes."
Maxwell is currently detained at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center (pic)
Maxwell was arrested on July 2 at her $ 1 million home called "Tuckedaway" in the rural town of Bradford, New Hampshire.
She has reportedly moved 36 times a year since Epstein killed herself in prison for fear of her safety.
The FBI said they kept a quiet eye on her and hit her door during a 8.30am raid.
In their file last Friday, Maxwell's lawyers, Mark Cohen and Jeff Pagliuca, wrote that Maxwell "vigorously opposes the charge, intends to fight it, and is entitled to a presumption of innocence".
They claimed that after Epstein's death last August, the media quickly shifted the focus of attention to our client – wrongly trying to replace Epstein with her – although she has not been in contact with Epstein for more than a decade, she has never been charged with a crime was or was found to be liable in civil proceedings and has always rejected all allegations of wrongdoing. "
They wrote that it was "open season" for Maxwell and that they had received death threats that led them to employ security forces.
Maxwell's lawyers also revealed that her family is by her side and that she is close to her nephews and nieces.
Epstein's victims have been demanding Maxwell's arrest for a long time, and lawyers say a number of new prosecutors have come forward since their arrest.
Prosecutors will likely try to plead with Maxwell to alleviate some of the six charges against her, two of which are perjury for alleged lying during the deposits.
They'll ask her about powerful men in Epstein's orbit, including Bill Clinton, with whom she flew on a tour of Africa on Epstein's private jet "Lolita Express" in 2002.
Maxwell was also good friends with Prince Andrew and one of Epstein's victims, Virginia Roberts, claimed that she was loaned to the Duke three times for sex at the age of 17.
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