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Steven Hoffenberg, an associate of the late Jeffrey Epstein, has been found dead. His cause of death remains unknown.
A concerned friend phoned police to check on the former manager of The New York Post and when Derby, Connecticut police arrived they found his decomposing body, the Post reported.
“Authorities discovered Hoffenberg, who spent 18 years in prison for running a half-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, dead in his home around 8 p.m. Tuesday. It is not clear exactly when he died,” The Post said.
“Every indication is that it is Mr. Hoffenberg,” a police spokesman said. “There’s nothing to suggest that it isn’t. We believe it’s him. We’re just waiting for dental records.”
The Derby Police Department shared information on the incident on its Facebook page.
“On Tuesday, August 23 at approximately 8 PM Derby police officers responded to 201 Mount Pleasant Street in Derby, CT on a requested welfare check. Upon arrival, the body of a white male was found deceased and in a state where a visual identification could not be made,” the police said.
“The body was transported to the office of the chief medical examiner (OCME) where an autopsy was performed on Wednesday, August 24. The initial autopsy revealed no trauma sustained by the decedent. Official cause of death is pending further toxicology study.
“A subsequent dental record comparison is underway to make a positive identification and subsequent notifications to appropriate next of kin,” they said.
Hoffenberg could be the link to how Epstein obtained his mysterious fortune as he claimed that Epstein was the mastermind of the Ponzi scheme he was convicted of heading.
He pleaded guilty to the scheme in 1995 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. While Hoffenberg sat locked up, Epstein was allegedly raping teenage girls with the help of his now-convicted madam, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Tower investors have claimed in an August 2018 lawsuit that Epstein “knowingly and intentionally utilized funds he fraudulently diverted and obtained from this massive Ponzi scheme for his own personal use to support a lavish lifestyle.”
“He was my colleague daily, seven days a week,” he said of Epstein in a 2019 interview in Quartz.
Last month Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called for Congress to investigate clients of the late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his confidante, Ghislaine Maxwell, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week for child sex trafficking.
In doing so, the Georgia Republican also cited the foundation launched by former President Bill Clinton and former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“You know what else would be very good committee hearings? Investigating Jeffrey Epstein’s friends who enjoyed the hard work of this madam, who handed over minors to powerful men for sexual pleasure. Maxwell named the Clinton Foundation as an organization she worked with,” Greene tweeted along with a screenshot of a CNN report detailing Maxwell’s charges and sentencing.
You know what else would be very good committee hearings?
Investigating Jeffrey Epstein’s friends who enjoyed the hard work of this madam, who handed over minors to powerful men for sexual pleasure.
Maxwell named the Clinton Foundation as an organization she worked with. pic.twitter.com/EEnmKzemHL
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) June 28, 2022
According to a report in the Daily Mail in June, Maxwell touted her relationship with the Clintons and claimed to have helped launch the Clinton Foundation as she asked the court for a lighter sentence as proof of her “desire to do good in the world.”
The outlet reported:
Ghislaine Maxwell used her connections to Bill Clinton in an effort to get herself a lower sentence for trafficking underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein.
The disgraced socialite pointed to her work for the former President’s philanthropic endeavors three times as she argued she should serve just four years in jail at her sentencing on June 28th.
Maxwell claimed that helping launch the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) demonstrated she has a ‘desire to do good in the world’.
“Ms. Maxwell has always worked hard. Her many educational, occupational, and avocational accomplishments include becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), a helicopter pilot, a submersible pilot, a banker; partnering with the Cleveland Clinic to establish a telemedicine platform to enable people in remote areas to obtain quality medical treatment; helping develop the Clinton Global Initiative; and supporting a variety non-profit and charitable organization,” she said in a court filing.
“She has energy, drive, commitment, a strong work ethic, and desire to do good in the world,” the document, filed by her attorneys, continued. “She has supported friends and family through tough times and personal crisis and currently is assisting women in her unit at the MDC.”