Ghislaine Maxwell court filing: Prosecutors want her jailed, saying she’s a flight risk

Ghislaine Maxwell court filing: Prosecutors want her jailed, saying she’s a flight risk

“There will be no trial for the victims if the defendant has the opportunity to flee the jurisdiction, and there is every reason to believe that this is exactly what she will do if she is released,” wrote Monday. the prosecution in a file.

Prosecutors at the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan have asked the judge to detain Maxwell, who was arrested for helping to recruit, care for and ultimately abuse minors, saying that she poses the risk of extreme flight with three passports and several accounts. foreign bankers.

Maxwell is scheduled to appear before a federal judge by video on Tuesday. She denied any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors say at least one of Maxwell’s alleged victims should speak at the hearing and request that she be detained. They also noted that since Maxwell’s arrest, other people have provided information.

In Monday’s case, prosecutors said his proposal for home containment, GPS tracking and a $ 5 million bond guaranteed, in part, with property in the UK, was worth “nothing.”

They said that Maxwell showed a skillful ability to hide. When FBI agents went to arrest Maxwell at a New Hampshire mansion on July 3, instead of obeying the agent’s order to open the door, Maxwell fled to another room and closed the door behind her, according to court records. After the FBI opened the door, they found Maxwell inside and arrested her.

“While officers were conducting a security scan of the house, they also noticed a cell phone wrapped in aluminum foil on top of a desk, a seemingly mistaken effort to escape detection, not by the press or the public, who of course would have no ability to find their phone or intercept their communications, but by the police, “wrote the prosecutor.

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Maxwell’s brother has hired former members of the British military to keep his sister on New Hampshire property, prosecutors said. Prosecutors say Maxwell provided one of the guards with a credit card, on behalf of the limited company used to purchase the million dollar property under a cash settlement, to shopping on his behalf.

“As these facts clearly show, there should be no doubt that the accused is able to live in hiding,” the prosecutor wrote.

Prosecutors also challenged Maxwell’s bail proposal to have six people co-sign a $ 5 million bond, which would be partially secured by $ 3.75 million property in the United Kingdom. She also said that she would return her passports and limit travel to the southern and eastern districts of New York.

The government has said that Maxwell did not identify the people who would sign his bond by name and that he did not have the ability to seize property in another country. They also said that France, where Maxwell has citizenship, does not extradite its citizens.

Prosecutors also cited Maxwell’s wealth as a way for her to flee the country. Maxwell revealed to the U.S. Treasury Department that in 2018 and 2019, she sometimes held $ 2 million in an English bank and had a balance of $ 4 million in a Swiss bank. But prosecutors say Maxwell’s finances are “opaque,” noting that she has not completed an affidavit describing her assets.

“Given the gravity of the crimes charged, the accused’s substantial resources, her willingness to evade detection and her sworn lies, the Court should take the proposed bail package for what it is worth: nothing, “wrote the prosecutor.

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