Jeffrey Epstein guards suspected of falsifying logs at Metropolitan Correctional Center: AP

A person familiar with the probe of Jeffrey Epstein's death at a federal jail says guards are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates in his unit every half hour, when they actually weren't.

When asked about the reports, the union representing the guards and jail staff told PIX11, "Until the allegations are substantiated by investigators closing their case, we will not get into the back and forth to publicly defend these employees, particularly on information that has not been gathered by investigators yet."

Epstein is believed to have killed himself early Saturday at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, where he was awaiting trial in a sex trafficking case.

Surveillance video reviewed after the death showed guards never made some of the checks noted in the log, according to the person familiar with the investigation.

The person wasn't authorized to disclose information and spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

The Justice Department said earlier Tuesday that two guards assigned to watch Epstein had been placed on administrative leave.

Sources told PIX11's Dan Mannarino that the two guards placed on leave have retained lawyers.

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