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Why It’s Really Bad for Epstein He’s Being Prosecuted by SDNY’s Public Corruption Unit

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>This piece of info seems to be getting overlooked. Public corruption

We dug on that during night shift, don't think it made it to notables.

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Why It’s Really Bad for Epstein He’s Being Prosecuted by SDNY’s Public Corruption Unit

by Alberto Luperon | 11:13 am, July 7th, 2019

https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/why-its-really-bad-for-epstein-hes-being-prosecuted-by-sdnys-public-corruption-unit/

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https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/criminal-division

The Public Corruption Unit works, in close partnership with the FBI and other federal, state and city investigative agencies to maintain and protect the integrity of all levels of government. The unit oversees the investigation and prosecution of corruption crimes committed by elected and appointed officials, government employees, and individuals and companies doing business with the city, state, and federal government. Corruption crimes investigated by the unit include bribery, embezzlement, and frauds committed against local, state, and federal government agencies.

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U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman Speaks at Department of Investigation Anti-Corruption Conference

New York, NY ~ Friday, June 8, 2018

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/speech/us-attorney-geoffrey-s-berman-speaks-department-investigation-anti-corruption

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Our public corruption unit is the biggest than it’s ever been – we have 19 Assistant United States Attorneys who have a passion and commitment to ferreting out corruption and fraud without fear or favor.

The PC unit also has its own dedicated criminal investigators and paralegals who are instrumental in helping to make these cases.

Second, partnerships.

As I said at the outset, it is critical for us to work hand-in-glove with our law enforcement partners.

We’ve been able to keep making great cases because we are able to partner with the best law enforcement agencies in the world, including DOI, the FBI, numerous IGs offices and other agencies that I see here today.

The commitment of our partners to making these cases – to following the money, to deciphering complicated paper trails, to flipping witnesses, to using the most sophisticated law enforcement tools like wire taps and email search warrants – has been absolutely critical to our ability to build these cases successfully.

Third, creativity and persistence.

It takes every arrow in our law enforcement quiver to build these cases.

So over the years, as these defendants have become more sophisticated, so have we.

We’ve increasingly been able to use the tools once reserved for narcotics and organized crime prosecutions to ferret out corruption, including wire taps, surveillance, informants and cooperators.

And in the public corruption sphere in particular, email search warrants have also provided us with a gold mine of evidence against these types of defendants.

No matter how careful they are, corrupt officials can’t be totally off the grid, and they usually slip up over email and text.

There also needs to be a “never-give-up” attitude.

We have a culture that says, go where the facts take you, and follow every dollar.

At our Office, the philosophy is to be as tenacious at the end of the case as we are in the beginning, as committed to justice when we write the last appeals brief as we were when we served the first subpoena.

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Why It’s Really Bad for Epstein He’s Being Prosecuted by SDNY’s Public Corruption Unit

by Alberto Luperon | 11:13 am, July 7th, 2019

https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/why-its-really-bad-for-epstein-hes-being-prosecuted-by-sdnys-public-corruption-unit/

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A few things about this stuck out to criminal defense lawyer and Law&Crime trial analyst Gene Rossi. First and foremost, it’s “extremely bad news” for Epstein that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is involved.

“They don’t play nice,” Rossi told Law&Crime in a phone interview Sunday.

Also, it means that other charges are possible. It could mean money laundering, public corruption, or tax-related charges.

“Who knows?” he said. “The sky’s the limit.”

He said it would be a surprise if the case only involved the sex trafficking charges.

The SDNY in part describes the unit as generally investigating crimes of bribery, embezzlement, and frauds committed against local, state, and federal government agencies.

Epstein famously made his wealth as a banker, and his status got him rubbing elbows with Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump back in the day.

The defendant was convicted in Florida court in 2008 for solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution, but The Miami Herald reported last year that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, then run by current U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, reached a non-prosecution agreement with Epstein, in exchange for the defendant pleading guilty in state court. Victims were kept in the dark about this, and alleged co-conspirators were given immunity. A federal judge ruled in February that prosecutors broke the law by doing this. Prosecutors, however, said there’s no legal basis for victims to invalidate the agreement.

In any case, that’s apparently not something that the SDNY has to worry about. They can sidestep that entire controversy.

Rossi, a former federal prosecutor out of the Eastern District of Virginia, pointed out that non-prosecution letters like that only bind the office that made it. In Epstein’s case, prosecutors could likely look at things that allegedly happened in New York, where Epstein had a home at the time of the alleged incidents.