It has been spreading on Facebook that Jeffery Epstein’s confidant and procurer of young girls, Ghislaine Maxwell, has been sentenced to ten years in prison after her recent conviction on drug trafficking charges.
However, the claims are false. USA TODAY and other respectable news outlets have confirmed that Maxwell is not scheduled to be sentenced until late June.
A May 9 Facebook post claimed that Maxwell received a 10-year prison sentence for her crimes.
“Ghislaine Maxwell got 10 years, and NOT one client has been arrested,” reads the post, which accumulated close to 400 interactions and 300 shares in less than a week.
But Maxwell is set to be sentenced in June, according to news reports.
Maxwell faces a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison after she was found guilty of federal charges related to sex trafficking.
USA TODAY, one of the first outlets to report the falsehood, said that they could not reach the Facebook user who shared the claim for comment.
Officially and confirmed by the paper, Maxwell is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28, the court docket shows.
In December 2021, Maxwell was found guilty by a jury in a New York federal court of luring underage girls to be sexually abused by the late Jefferey Epstein from 1994 to 2004.
Maxwell sought to have her conviction overturned, and in April, US Circuit Court Judge Alison Nathan partially granted that request. Nathan upheld three of the counts but dismissed two others on the basis that they were duplicative of another charge that was upheld.
Maxwell now faces up to 55 years in federal prison since Nathan will sentence her on fewer counts. She had previously faced a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison.
While many of the high-profile people mentioned in testimony during the trial had ties to Epstein, none of them have been accused of any misconduct related to the ongoing case, according to CNN.
USA TODAY’s “Fact Checker” rating went on to say: “We rate the claim that Maxwell was sentenced to 10 years in prison FALSE, based on our research. Maxwell has been convicted, but she won’t be sentenced until June 28. She faces up to 55 years in prison.”
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