HEADS UP: this is gruesome.
Gory details ahead.
You’ve been warning.
One of Jeffrey Epstein’s closest friends and mentors has been found dead of an apparent suicide, his body already badly decomposed and rotting.
Sorry, I don’t make the news, I just report it.
Take a look:
JUST IN: Steven Hoffenberg, mentor of Jeffrey Epstein, and man behind one of the largest Ponzi schemes ever, found dead at Connecticut apartment…
— DailyNoah.com (@DailyNoahNews) August 25, 2022
He was reportedly behind one of the largest Ponzi schemes ever.
So basically, a good guy all around (sarcasm alert).
BREAKING REPORT: Jeffrey Epstein associate Steven Hoffenberg is found dead in his Connecticut apartment…
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) August 25, 2022
Steven Hoffenberg came from a storied era where everything was large: The characters, egos, deals, and esp. the stories. He was kind to me in the many hours we spent discussing Epstein, and gave me a rare portal into his world. May he Rest In Peace. https://t.co/Zr3cr7YCep
— Zev Shalev (@ZevShalev) August 25, 2022
Here are more details from the NY Post:
Steven Hoffenberg, the disgraced businessman and longtime mentor of Jeffrey Epstein, was found dead Tuesday when Connecticut police discovered his rotting corpse during a wellness check, The Post has learned.
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.
Police had been called to the 77-year-old’s home in Derby, Conn., at the request of a friend.
No cause of death has been revealed, but police said there were no immediate signs of trauma to his body.
“Every indication is that it is Mr. Hoffenberg,” a Derby Police Department spokesman said. “There’s nothing to suggest that it isn’t. We believe it’s him. We’re just waiting for dental records.”
In a statement posted to Facebook, police said the body was found “in a state where a visual identification could not be made.”
Hoffenberg, who was once Epstein’s boss, might have been the link to his mysterious fortune.
Hoffenberg had claimed that Epstein was his accomplice in a Ponzi scheme he ran through his Towers Financial Corp.
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.”
The irony of this next photo may strike some of you…
Here he is photographed wearing a Clinton hat:
The Late Steven Hoffenberg:
"He was my best friend for years. My closest friend for years," Hoffenberg told CBS News, speaking of Jeffrey Epstein. "We ran a team of people on Wall Street, investment people that raised these billion dollars illegally. He was my guy, my wingman." pic.twitter.com/WBuDLcH340
— charlie tango (@charlie_tango98) August 25, 2022
And in totally unrelated news, now see this:
The body was in such a bad state of rot that a visual identification could not be made.
UPDATE: Badly decomposed body of Steven Hoffenberg, a close friend of Jeffrey Epstein, found at Connecticut apartment https://t.co/prCbqTUZ35
— BNO News (@BNONews) August 25, 2022
He was considered by the SEC to have ran one of the largest Ponzi schemes ever.
What an accomplishment:
I’m seeing reports that 77-year-old financial criminal Steven Hoffenberg has died. No cause of death is yet reported.
He was a former associate of Jeffrey Epstein and many other high-profile, corrupt individuals of his era.
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) August 25, 2022