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Feds replace warden at Manhattan lockup where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, 2 other staffers put on leave


Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan.. (Luiz C. Ribeiro/for New York Daily News)

Heads are rolling at the Manhattan federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself, as sleeping guards are reportedly suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates in the unit every half hour when those checks never took place.

The warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan was pulled from his post and two staffers were put on leave Tuesday amid an ongoing probe into the high-profile inmate’s death.

Jeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein (Associated Press)

Epstein, 66, is believed to have killed himself early Saturday as he awaiting trial in a sex trafficking case.

The Associated Press, citing an unnamed source, reported Tuesday night that surveillance video reviewed after the death showed guards never made some of the every-30-minute checks that were entered into a log. The New York Times, citing two unnamed prison and law enforcement officials, reported two guards in the jail unit fell asleep and didn’t check on Epstein for about three hours, then falsified records to cover it up.

Jeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein (Associated Press)

The federal Bureau of Prisons also has sent a suicide reconstruction team to the jail to analyze how and why it happened, the AP reported.

The Department of Justice announced current MCC Warden Lamine N’Diaye would be replaced by James Petrucci, who ran the medium security prison at Otisville, N.Y. That federal prison is perhaps most famous for its minimum security camp — referred to as “America’s cushiest prison” — that currently houses President Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen.

Other notable current and former inmates at Otisville include Bridgegate scammer Bill Baroni, ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Fyre Festival fraudster Billy McFarland and former Gov. Cuomo aide Joe Percoco.

“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,” DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.

N’Diaye, who has not commented publicly on Epstein’s death, was reassigned to the Bureau of Prisons’ northeast regional office. The two MCC staffers pulled from their posts had been assigned to the unit where Epstein died, Kupec said.

“Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant,” Kupec said.

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The FBI and Office of Inspector General are both conducting investigations into how the perverted financier killed himself despite having recently been on suicide watch. He had pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran an elaborate sex trafficking ring in New York in Florida involving underage girls in the early 2000s.

The new leadership was announced one day after Attorney General William Barr said he was “angry” about Epstein’s suicide and that “irregularities” had since been discovered at the jail. The union representing federal correctional officers has long complained about long hours and lack of staff.