The warden of the federal lockup where accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein apparently took his life has been provisionally reassigned and two guards tasked with observing the financier were put on leave, Justice Department officials announced Tuesday.
The transit to reassign the warden, Shirley Skipper-Scott, occurred days after Epstein’s body was found at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
“Today, the Attorney General directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York to the Bureau’s Northeast Regional Office pending the outcome of the FBI and OIG investigations into the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, a former MCC inmate,” per a statement by Department of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec.
“FCI Otisville Warden James Petrucci has been named Acting Warden of the MCC New York. The Bureau of Prisons also placed on administrative leave two MCC staff assigned to Mr. Epstein’s unit pending the outcome of the investigations. Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant.”
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