Former Epstein associate Steven Hoffenberg found dead in Connecticut home

A former business associate turned opponent of the late disgraced pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was critical of his former friend’s close relationship with former President Bill Clinton, was recently found dead in his own home.

Steven Hoffenberg, who served time in federal prison over a Ponzi scheme he ultimately blamed on Epstein, was discovered dead in his Derby, Connecticut home by police during a requested welfare check, the Washington Examiner reported.

It is believed that the 77-year-old Hoffenberg had been dead for approximately a week due to the advanced state of decomposition of his body.

Imprisoned as an Epstein associate, emerged as a devoted opponent

The Daily Mail reported that Hoffenberg had initially hired Epstein in 1987 to work for his namesake Towers Financial Corp. and served as a mentor to the up-and-coming young financier — that is, at least, until Epstein allegedly devised a Ponzi scheme that resulted in Hoffenberg going to prison.

That scheme involved defrauding investors of two life and health insurance companies as part of a failed bid to purchase Pan-Am Airlines, but did succeed in bilking more than $400 million out of around 200 investors and, though Epstein dodged any charges, landed Hoffenberg behind bars with an 18-year sentence.

It was during and after that prison term that Hoffenberg became an avowed opponent of Epstein and befriended the girls and women who spoke out against the later-convicted pedophile.

In fact, it was one of those victims of Epstein, Maria Farmer, who had called the police and asked them to conduct a welfare check on her dear friend after she hadn’t heard from him, according to the Daily Mail.

Farmer further revealed to the outlet that Hoffenberg had been diagnosed with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 about a month ago and had been “struggling” to fully recover from it.

Warned Epstein against palling around with Clinton

Interestingly enough, in a 2019 interview with the Observer that coincided with Epstein’s arrest, Hoffenberg revealed that he hadn’t approved of and had advised against Epstein’s close friendship with former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

“The Clinton relationship destroyed Jeffrey Epstein and did not help Clinton. Because that was his first major high-profile relationship, and he enjoyed the media pizzazz, not understanding it and letting his ego be inflated by being put in articles next to a former president of the United States,” Hoffenberg said at that time. “That raised his pridefulness enormously. It inflated his ego … That changed him.”

“As he increased his wealth, he became more godly in attitude,” he added of his former protege. “Jeffrey Epstein, sadly to say, became a tragedy … What you’ve got is a tragedy for the girls.”

That article had further noted that Hoffenberg, in a 2002 interview while still in prison, had shared how he’d cautioned Epstein against growing too close to Clinton as it might draw too much unnecessary attention to his business ventures and instead suggested Epstein should steer clear of the corrupting influence of the former president and fly “below the radar.”

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