Charges pending against 2 correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein

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FILE – This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Lawyers for the estate of Jeffrey Epstein want to set up a fund to compensate women who have accused him of sexual abuse. The estate filed papers in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday asking a court there to approve the voluntary claims program. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying prison records.

The federal charges could come as soon as Tuesday and are the first in connection with Epstein’s Aug. 10 death.

That’s according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press. They weren’t permitted to publicly discuss the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The wealthy financier’s death was ruled a suicide. He was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.

The officers are suspected of failing to check on Epstein every half-hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to show they had.

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