Bureau of Prisons workers Tova Noel, right, and Michael Thomas were accused of sleeping and browsing the internet

Jeffrey Epstein prison guards admit to falsifying records, make deal to avoid jail time

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, authorities said Friday.

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 Epstein before he was found in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on Aug. 10. New York City’s medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

As part of the deal with prosecutors, Noel and Thomas will enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department and will serve no time behind bars, according to a letter from federal prosecutors that was filed in court papers Friday. They would instead be subjected to supervised release, would be required to complete 100 hours of community service and would be required to fully cooperate with an ongoing probe by the Justice Department’s inspector general, it says.

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