GHISLAINE Maxwell tried to FLEE when FBI agents arrested her and had wrapped her phone in tin foil to try avoid detection, it has been claimed today.
Court papers filed by prosecutors in New York argued against bail for the heiress – due to answer child grooming charges tomorrow – saying she was an “extreme risk of flight”.
Ghislaine Maxwell tried to hide from the FBI when they raided her New Hampshire home on July 2[/caption]
They said Maxwell was being protected by a security team made up by former members of the British military when she was found – as previously revealed by The Sun On Sunday.
Prosecutors claimed she had escaped to another room when FBI agents burst into her New Hampshire mansion and placed her under arrest on July 2.
Court papers said: “As the agents approached the front door to the main house, they announced themselves as FBI agents and directed the defendant to open the door.
“Through a window, the agents saw the defendant ignore the direction to open the door and, instead, try to flee to another room in the house, quickly shutting a door behind her.
“Agents were ultimately forced to breach the door in order to enter the house to arrest the defendant, who was found in an interior room in the house.”
The FBI then found a “phone wrapped in tin foil on top of a desk” at the house which they deemed a “seemingly misguided effort to evade detection” by law enforcement.
Lawyers for Maxwell, 58, are set to argue that she should be freed on £4million bail in return for home confinement, a GPS tracking device and the confiscation of her passports.
She is facing child grooming and perjury charges related to her ex-lover Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
But prosecutors, in today’s court papers, pointed out that as a French passport holder she could escape to the European country – which has no extradition treaty with the US.
Court papers said: “There will be no trial for the victims if the defendant is afforded the opportunity to flee the jurisdiction, and there is every reason to think that is exactly what she will do if she is released.”
Ghislaine Maxwell will appear in court tomorrow in New York via video link[/caption]
The filing played down the risk of Maxwell catching Covid-19 in jail, revealing that she was being protected by ex-British military members and “skilled at living in hiding”.
The Sun On Sunday told how FBI agents had found a “former Special Forces” soldier called Martin living in the Briton’s guesthouse when they arrested her.
We revealed that Maxwell had paid British security firm The Next Step more than £150,000 – after being introduced through the socialite’s brother Kevin.
The Next Step bosses denied they had actually supplied security guards, saying only that they had given her “advice”.
But court papers today said: “The FBI spoke with the security guard, who informed the agents that the defendant’s brother had hired a security company staffed with former members of the British military to guard the defendant at the New Hampshire property, in rotations.”
Maxwell had not left the New Hampshire mansion since moving in and had provided her security detail with credit cards to buy necessities for her, it was claimed.
The court paperwork added: “The defendant provided one of the guards with a credit card in the same name as the LLC that had purchased the New Hampshire property in cash.
“The guard informed the FBI that the defendant had not left the property during his time working there, and that instead, the guard was sent to make purchases for the property using the credit card.
“As these facts make plain, there should be no question that the defendant is skilled at living in hiding.”
The court papers claimed that Maxwell had the “means” to escape if she was given bail.
It said she had been “associated” with more than a dozen banks accounts with balances totaling £16million in the last four years.
Maxwell is set to appear in court in New York tomorrow via video-link from Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre, where she is being held.
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It also emerged that she is under investigation by the US Virgin Islands for her alleged participation in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
Officials on the islands gave notice of their investigation in a court filing on Friday, as they seek intervene in a lawsuit she filed against Epstein’s estate.
Court papers said that the island’s Department of Justice “is investigating Maxwell’s participation in Epstein’s criminal sex trafficking and sexual abuse conduct”.
Ghislaine Maxwell is a ‘flight risk’ and should be denied bail, prosecutors have argued [/caption]
Ghislaine wrapped her phone in tin foil to ‘avoid detection’ prosecutors claim[/caption]
Maxwell is to appear in court via video link on July 14 in the US[/caption]
An indictment announcing charges of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors against Jeffrey Epstein[/caption]