Two of the prison guards who were on watch when Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in his cell are now facing prison time, themselves, thanks to their arrest on a federal indictment.
According to new legal docs … Tova Noel and Michael Thomas are both facing charges of falsifying the logs of exactly when they performed checks on Epstein’s jail cell.
The feds claim Noel and Thomas were 2 of the guards on duty on August 10 from 12 AM to 8 AM, and during their watch, they were supposed to conduct 5 scheduled checks on Epstein.
The 2 guards allegedly completed slips stating they made those checks, but the feds say not a single one was actually carried through. According to the indictment, Noel and Thomas were at their desks in the common area using computers … just 15 feet from Epstein’s cell. BTW, they weren’t doing work either … the feds allege they were shopping for furniture and hunting down motorcycle deals and sports news.
The feds claim for a period of approximately 2 hours, the guards were sitting at their desks “without moving, and appeared to have been asleep.”
Epstein was found dead at 6:33 AM alone in his cell with a noose around his neck … according to the indictment. Both guards allegedly fessed up to a supervisor that they skipped their checks.
As we reported … Epstein had attempted suicide a couple weeks prior in July, which is why he was placed in a special housing unit requiring extra supervision.
Thomas and Noel are now each facing one count of conspiracy to falsify records. That carried a max sentence of 5 years in prison. Additionally, Noel is charged with 5 counts of falsifying records while Thomas only got 3. Each of those also carries a max sentence of 5 years
Epstein’s death was ruled a suicide by hanging according to the autopsy, but as we’ve reported … his team has not ruled out a cover-up, and at least one forensic expert claims the autopsy is missing DNA evidence.