Americans were shocked in 2019 by the suspicious death of Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender with long-standing ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Last week, new questions were raised by the mysterious death of a man who has been described as Epstein’s “mentor.”
Authorities say convicted fraudster was dead for a least a week before being found
According to NPR, the body of 77-year-old Steven Hoffenberg was discovered last week at his apartment in Derby, Connecticut by police officers who were conducting a wellness check.
NPR noted that although medical examiners determined that Hoffenberg had likely passed away at least seven days prior to his discovery, his exact cause of death has yet to be determined.
Investigators found no evidence of a struggle or forced entry at his home and an autopsy revealed no signs of physical trauma.
The Daily Wire point out that Hoffenberg was regarded as being Epstein’s mentor and Hoffenberg spoke positively of the sexual predator following his 2019 death in federal detention facility.
Hoffenberg called Epstein a “criminal mastermind”
“I thought Jeffrey was the best hustler on two feet,” the Washington Post quoted Hoffenberg as saying of Epstein. “Talent, charisma, genius, criminal mastermind. We had a thing that could make a lot of money. We called it Ponzi.”
The Daily Wire pointed out that Hoffenberg was himself released from prison in 2013 after having spent nearly two decades behind bars for his role in a $460 million fraud scheme.
The New York Times stated that during the 1980s, Hoffenberg ran a financial collection entity called the Towers Financial Corporation which specialized in purchasing debt from hospitals and telephone companies.
Although Epstein worked for Hoffenberg during that period of time, he never faced criminal charges despite claims of wrongdoing by his boss.
Former acting Deputy U.S. Attorney General Gary Baise told the Associated Press that Hoffenberg “was too smart for his own good.”
“He thought he could get away with his Ponzi scheme but he could not,” Baise recalled, adding, “He did not have self-control. He always thought he was smarter than the next guy and that was one of his problems.”