FILE - In this July 30, 2008, file photo, Jeffrey Epstein, center, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. At the center of Epstein's secluded New Mexico ranch sits a sprawling residence the financier built decades ago, complete with plans for a 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) courtyard, a living room roughly the size of the average American home and a nearby private airplane runway.
Known as the Zorro Ranch, the high-desert property is now tied to an investigation that the state attorney general's office says it has opened into Epstein with plans to forward findings to federal authorities in New York. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)

Epstein philanthropy since sex plea included all-girl school

July 12, 2019 - 12:00 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Financier Jeffrey Epstein has over the past decade sought to portray himself as a generous benefactor to children, giving to organizations including a youth orchestra, a baseball league and a private girls' school a few blocks from his Manhattan mansion.

But Epstein's guilty plea in 2008 for soliciting a minor for prostitution has not made that easy. Some donations, including $15,000 to the all-girls Hewitt School, were returned once recipients learned where they came from.

In other cases, some of the donations from Epstein's foundations fell far short of what was trumpeted in gushing news releases. "Critical funding" that Epstein's foundation said he provided to Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra in the U.S. Virgin Islands, for example, turned out to be just $175.

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