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Jeffrey Epstein had 'piles of cash,' diamonds and fake passport, prosecutors say at bail hearing

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman will decide on Thursday whether the wealthy financier should remain jailed while he awaits trial on sex trafficking charges.

Jeffrey Epstein has been denied bail on sex

Jeffrey Epstein has been denied bail on sex trafficking charges. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images/HO

Prosecutors revealed that agents discovered piles of cash, diamonds and a fake 1980s foreign passport listing a Saudi Arabian residence in a safe when they searched wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein’s house as they urged a judge to deny bail to the alleged sex trafficker on Monday.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman deferred deciding on whether to release Epstein to home detention until Thursday after hearing two alleged victims urged his continued detention during the 2½-hour hearing in Manhattan federal court.

“He is a scary person to have walking the street,” said Courtney Wild, who told Berman she had been sexually abused by Epstein starting at age 14.

Epstein, 66, was arrested July 6 and charged last week with sexually touching “dozens” of underage girls after hiring them to perform nude massages at his home in Palm Beach and at his $77 million Manhattan mansion from 2002 to 2005.

He has been held in a secure housing unit at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the federal  jail in Manhattan, since then. But defense lawyers have asked Berman to let him stay at the mansion with camera surveillance, an ankle bracelet and guards he would pay.

Prosecutors say he is worth over $500 million — including over $110 million in one bank account — and has six residences, including one in Paris, giving him more than enough resources to flee if he wants.

In addition to hundreds of nude photographs of young women, prosecutor Alex Rossmiller told Berman, Epstein’s mansion had diamonds and art “in abundance,” including a safe with “piles of cash, dozens of diamonds” and the old foreign passport “with a picture of the defendant and a different name.”

“How many other safes are there with similar contents?” Rossmiller asked Berman.

Epstein, whose past friends and associates have included former President Bill Clinton, President Donald Trump and Prince Andrew, pleaded guilty in 2008 to two prostitution felonies in Florida, did jail time and registered as a sex offender as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Florida.

His lawyer, Martin Weinberg, repeated arguments to Berman that the new prosecution in New York was brought in violation of that agreement, which he said was approved by the Justice Department’s deputy attorney general and the chief of the criminal division at the time.

He also said the lack of any claims of violation of his sex offender status for 14 years showed it would not be a danger to release him. “He disciplined himself,” Weinberg said.

The judge, however, said recidivism patterns among sex offenders raised questions about how much 14 years meant, and a second alleged victim who asked for Epstein to be detained told Berman that the trove of pornography in Epstein’s mansion was troubling.

“That would be the opposite of discipline,” said Annie Farmer, who said Epstein’s sexual conduct with her began when she was 16.


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