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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US prosecutors have accused billionaire Jeffrey Epstein of trying to persuade witnesses not to testify against him over sex trafficking allegations.
On Monday, federal prosecutors indicted Epstein on charges of running a sex-trafficking operation that lured dozens of underage girls to sex parties in his New York mansion and his estate in Florida between 2002 and 2005.
"The defendant [Epstein] was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations," the prosecutors said in a court document as quoted by The New York Times after the hearing on Friday.
Epstein wired some $350,000 to two people who might testify against him during the trial, according to the report.