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FDLE: “No wrongdoing by PBSO, State Attorney’s Office in Jeffrey Epstein plea deal”

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has found “no criminal wrongdoing” by either prosecutors or law enforcement in the handling of the Jeffrey Epstein plea deal.

Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered the FDLE to investigate “irregularities surrounding the prior state investigation and the ultimate plea agreement” for Epstein in 2008.

The report notes that “Epstein was provided differential treatment” while in PBSO custody but says the actions “were not determined to be criminal.”

The FDLE investigation focused on the plea deal reached with Epstein by prosecutors in the State Attorney’s Office of the 15th Judicial Circuit and Epstein’s incarceration and work-release program, which was overseen by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Epstein’s work release program allowed him to leave his jail cell for up to twelve hours a day, six days a week.

In a statement, PBSO says, “there is an ongoing Internal Affairs investigation into any possible administrative violations. The results of which will be released in the near future.”

Epstein, a convicted sex offender, and wealthy financier was found dead inside his Manhattan jail cell on Aug. 10, 2019, of an apparent suicide.

His one-time girlfriend and close confidant, Ghislaine Maxwell, was charged in July 2020 for her alleged role in the sexual abuse and exploitation of multiple minors. Maxwell’s case is ongoing.