Ghislaine Maxwell was finally apprehended by the FBI yesterday in New Hampshire where she was hiding out in a mansion. But she’ll probably (and hopefully) never go back to that luxurious New Hampshire hideout, because prosecutors have declared her a major flight risk.
Ghislaine was arrested for her alleged participation in the late Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring. And if the FBI really wants to see justice happen, they’ve got to make sure Ghislaine doesn’t pull any sneaky moves and jet off to an island in international waters where she can avoid extradition. Insider says that a memo was filed by prosecutors not long after Ghislaine was arrested, asking that she be kept where she is. Prosecutors also point out that Ghislaine is potentially facing many years in prison for her role in Jeffrey’s sex crimes, and that fear could make her leave the US:
Prosecutors argued that the heiress’ wealth and international connections made her a flight risk. In the last three years alone, the daughter of British media baron Robert Maxwell has been on 15 international flights to countries like the United Kingdom, Japan, and Qatar, they said in a court filing.
Ghislaine holds three passports: France, where she was born, the UK, where she holds citizenship and grew up, and the US, where she became a naturalized citizen. Prosecutors also claim that she’s got a ton of money stashed away, like the $15 million she made in 2016 after selling a house in New York City.
Investigators found that Maxwell has been associated with more than 15 bank accounts since 2016 and, during that time, transferred money from those accounts ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than $20 million. She has also reported that she owns at least one foreign bank account containing more than $1 million, the government says.
I don’t know if there’s a Maserati in long-term parking with a go-bag stuffed with cash and passports locked in the trunk, but that’s kind of what the FBI is implying here. And the FBI doesn’t want that. And it’s not even necessarily about Ghislaine’s money. Ghislaine has a whole lot of very rich and powerful friends who could easily loan her some bail money.
Prosecutors also have implied that she’s the shady sort of person who would skip town. They claim that since Jeffrey was indicted last year, she’s moved at least twice, changed her phone number and email address, and ordered packages under another name. Also, shady dealings are kind of in her DNA. Ghislaine’s father was Robert Maxwell, a businessman and publishing tycoon who was accused of theft, fraud, and pension stealing after he mysteriously died from falling overboard off his yacht.
Ghislaine also has no ties to the US. She doesn’t have any kids, and none of her family lives in the US. So the FBI really wants to make sure she stays put. According to The New York Post, Jeffrey Epstein’s former business associate (and convicted Ponzi schemer) Steven Hoffenberg says that Ghislaine will definitely cooperate with the FBI, if only because she’ll snap under the pressure.
“She was convinced she wasn’t getting arrested, I speak to her spokesperson all the time,” he said. “She’s definitely someone who I understand quite well, I’m able to articulate how she feels right now, the tragedy she’s involved in now is horrible.” He added: “If they keep her in prison, she’ll crack in two seconds. She’s not able to take that sort of cruel punishment. Prison is too tough and hard, she’ll have to be in solitary confinement, and she’ll snap.”
Oh, so it’s that easy? She’s just so privileged and spoiled that just the thought of prison is her breaking point. Well then, that settles it. Before that bail hearing happens, all the FBI has to do is set up a live mic in her cell, and tell her they couldn’t get wild-caught salmon tartare for dinner, before adding, “Is generic canned salmon ok?” and watch her start singing like it’s celebrity karaoke night at Jeff’s place.