The two Manhattan jail guards tasked with monitoring Jeffrey Epstein before he died fell asleep on the job and fudged the log entries to show they checked on him and other inmates when they actually didn’t, according to reports.
Surveillance video reviewed after Epstein’s death showed the guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center never made some of the inspections noted in the log, a person familiar with the investigation told the Associated Press late Tuesday.
A prison and law enforcement official told The New York Times late Tuesday that the guards failed to check on Epstein for about three hours before his death — though it’s unclear how much of that time was spent snoozing.
That report comes after sources told The Post on Monday that the convicted pedophile hadn’t been checked on for several hours before he apparently hanged himself with a bedsheet early Saturday in his cell at the Lower Manhattan jail.
The guards were required to check on 66-year-old Epstein every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not followed, a source previously told Reuters. The Times noted that falsifying their logs could amount to a federal crime.
One of the two workers assigned to guard the perv in the 9 South unit wasn’t even a full-fledged federal correction officer, according to an earlier The New York Times reported.
Prison officials with knowledge of the case said that only one of the jail workers normally worked as a correction officer, but didn’t specify the normal job duties of the other employee, according to the Times.
Reports said the two workers were both on overtime, with one on his fifth straight day of extra hours.
Earlier Tuesday, the Justice Department said the two MCC staffers assigned to watch Epstein were placed on administrative leave.
Author: Tamar Lapin