The luxury hideout that was home to Ghislaine Maxwell prior to her arrest was purchased by a company that reportedly has ties to her wealthy lover,
The luxury hideout that was home to Ghislaine Maxwell prior to her arrest was purchased by a company that reportedly has ties to her wealthy lover, Scott Borgerson.
Maxwell – who is the accused procurer for convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein – was picked up by the FBI at the $1million property, named Tuckedaway, in Bradford, New Hampshire on Thursday. She has now been charged with six federal crimes, including enticement of minors, sex trafficking and perjury.
Maxwell vanished off the map following Epstein’s arrest and subsequent suicide last year. In August 2019, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that she was hiding out at a home owned by Borgerson in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.
It is unclear when Maxwell relocated to New Hampshire, but real estate records show Tuckedaway was bought with $1million in cash last December. The buyer is listed as Granite Reality LLC – a mysterious corporation that was set up just weeks prior the purchase.
The Sun reports that Granite Reality LLC is managed by Boston lawyer, Jeffrey W. Roberts, who is also the registered agent of a second company, Hopely Yealton.
Curiously, the publication reports that the manager of Hopely Yealton is Scott Borgerson.
It is not known whether Maxwell, 58, and the much-younger Borgerson, 44, are still an item.
The luxury hideout that was home to Ghislaine Maxwell prior to her arrest was reportedly purchased by a company with ties to her wealthy lover, Scott Borgerson
A source told DailyMail.com last year that Maxwell and Borgerson (right) began dating back in 2014, after he left his then-wife. The pair are both pictured speaking at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik in 2014
Maxwell has now been charged with six federal crimes in relation to her friendship with late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The pair are pictured together in 1995
A source told DailyMail.com last year that the couple began dating back in 2014, . when Borgerson allegedly ‘left his wife for Maxwell’.
The pair reportedly met five years ago through speaking engagements connected to ocean preservation, a subject on which they share a passion. They both are pictured speaking at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik in 2014.
Borgerson’s shipping technology firm, Cargometrics, was valued at more than $100 million in 2016, according to the Financial Times.
The agent who sold Tuckedaway last December told CNBC on Friday that she never met Maxwell or Borgerson, and assumed the seller was ‘a famous actress’.
Borgerson is pictured walking Maxwell’s dog in Boston last July. It is unclear whether the pair are still an item, but the December 2019 purchase of Tuckedaway indicates that they may have been
Maxwell was arrested at the luxurious mountain top home — dubbed Tuckedaway — outside tiny Bradford, New Hampshire
It is unclear when Maxwell relocated to New Hampshire, but real estate records show Tuckedaway was bought with $1million in cash last December. The buyer is listed as Granite Reality LLC – a mysterious corporation that was set up just weeks prior the purchase
On Thursday federal prosecutors said that Maxwell had been hiding in New England since last July, when Epstein was arrested.
She changed her phone number to one registered under ‘G Max,’ changed her email address, moved at least twice and when she ordered delivery packages had them delivered to a different name, which they did not specify.
In a court document arguing that she should be refused bail, prosecutors said that she had at least 15 bank accounts which she owned or was associated with in the last four years.
At times their maximum total balance had been as high as $20million, they said, and said that her finances were ‘opaque and indeterminate.’
It said that she had declared a foreign bank account in 2019 with a balance of more than $1million, and that she has French and British passports as well as an American one, having become a U.S. citizen in 2002.
The document also revealed that between 2007 and 2011 – which includes the time he was behind bars – Epstein transferred more than $20million into Maxwell’s accounts, which were then returned to his accounts, suggesting some sort of scheme to keep the money undisclosed to authorities.
Ghislaine Maxwell pictured with Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell is in jail and Epstein killed himself
Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)
Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)
Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)
X 2 counts of Perjury (x 10 years)
Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein.
They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.
To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions.
She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself.
The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’.
The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.
Special Agent William Sweeney said at a press conference Thursday that the FBI swooped in the morning after ‘discreetly keeping tabs’ on Maxwell for some time and that she recently moved to the property.
A grand jury recently returned a sealed, six-count indictment against her which accuses her of enticing underage girls to travel for sex, actually having sex with them and Epstein and later lying about it under oath in depositions when she was being sued by Virginia Giuffre Roberts, one of Epstein’s accusers who says she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17.
The charges relate to incidents that happened between 1994 and 1997 and involve three unnamed victims, the youngest of whom was 14. The alleged abuse happened at Epstein’s homes in New York, Florida and New Mexico and at Maxwell’s home in London.
Epstein has been accused of abusing dozens more girls and Maxwell is tangentially associated with the decades of alleged horror because, the accusers say, she was always by his side or making arrangements for him and them.
Maxwell, the British socialite daughter of the late, disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell whose impressive international network of friends and acquaintances includes the Clintons, has been a ghost since Epstein was arrested last June on charges of sex trafficking. She is who introduced him to Prince Andrew and set up the 2001 London night out when the royal allegedly had sex with Giuffre.
On Thursday, Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said the investigation into Epstein’s decades of abuse is ongoing and that she’d ‘welcome’ Prince Andrew ‘coming in to provide a statement’, prompting speculation that he may among people investigators may focus their attention on next.
‘We would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk to us. We would like to have the benefit of his statement. Our doors remain open. We would welcome him coming in and giving us an opportunity to hear his statement,’ she said.
It opens the door to questions of jurisdiction and whether or not US Attorney Strauss may charge for alleged incidents that happened in London and not America. Among the claims in the indictment is that Maxwell groomed one of the victims in London. At her press conference, Strauss said some of the sexual abuse also happened at Maxwell’s house in London.
The charges against Maxwell are: conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of perjury.
If convicted, she could face life in prison on the most serious charge – transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity – which carries a minimum 10 year sentence.
The indictment alleges;
It reads in part: ‘Ghislaine Maxwell facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s access to minor victims knowing that he had a sexual preference for underage girls and that he intended to engage in sexual activity with those victims’.
When she met Epstein, she had an astonishing network of influential and important friends and acquaintances around the world which many say is what drew him to her.
Among them are Bill and Chelsea Clinton.
She was photographed at Chelsea’s wedding and she also flew with Clinton on Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’ because it was used to ferry young girls to his private Caribbean island or ranch in New Mexico.
She has also been photographed with Epstein and Donald and Melania Trump at parties, years before Epstein became a social pariah.
Among the allegations in the indictment is that Maxwell groomed the girls, including one in London.
‘Victim 1’ met Maxwell when she was 14 in 1994, the indictment reads.
‘Maxwell ‘groomed [her] by taking her to the movies and on shopping trips.
‘She also asked her about school, her classes, her family and other aspects of her life.
‘She then sought to normalize inappropriate and abusive conduct by, among other things, undressing in front of her and being present when she undressed in front of Epstein,’ according to the indictment.
The trio then engaged in ‘group massage sex’ on more than one occasion, the indictment claims.
‘Victim 2’ met Ghislaine in 1996 and groomed her at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch.
‘Victim 3’ met Maxwell in London in 1994 and was groomed until 1995 where she had sex with them.
At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Acting US Attorney for the Southern District Audrey Strauss, said: ‘Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein had set for them.
‘She pretended to be a woman they could trust, all the while she was setting them up to be sexually abused by Epstein in some cases, by Maxwell herself.
‘Today after many years, Ghislaine Maxwell finally stands charged for her role in these crimes.’
FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said the bureau had been ‘keeping tabs’ on Maxwell ‘for some time’.
‘We have been discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell for some time.
‘She slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims continue to live with the trauma inflicted on them years earlier.’
Maxwell has not been seen since August 2019 when she was spotted at an In-N-Out Burger, ten days after Epstein’ s suicide.
She has made no public comment about the scandal or about Epstein’s death last August and her whereabouts have been largely unknown.
DailyMail.com tracked her down in a small New England town where she was living with tech CEO Scott Borgerson in August 2019 but aside from that, her movements have been a mystery.
Maxwell is who introduced Prince Andrew to Epstein and who facilitated the 2001 night out in London (pictured) when Andrew allegedly had sex with Virginia Giuffre Roberts, then 17. He denies they ever met
Maxwell with Prince Andrew at Ascot in the UK in 2000
Maxwell has an astonishing network of high profile friends and acquaintances. She is shown at Chelsea Clinton’s 2010 wedding
Maxwell with Epstein and Donald and Melania Trump in 2000