Steven Hoffenberg, a former associate of the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and a onetime owner of The New York Post, was found dead in his apartment in Derby, Connecticut earlier this week. He was 77 years-old.
Daily Mail reported that police found Hoffenberg’s body on the floor of his bedroom after they were called to his home by a concerned friend. While the cause of death has not been confirmed, police found no obvious signs of trauma on his body.
Hoffenberg’s body was so decomposed that police believe that he had been dead for at least a week at the time that they found him. A medical examiner is currently using dental records to identify Hoffenberg to be sure that it is him.
“Every indication is that it is Mr. Hoffenberg,” a Derby Police Department spokesman told The New York Post. “There’s nothing to suggest that it isn’t. We believe it’s him. We’re just waiting for dental records.”
Police had previously told The New York Daily News that “the body of a white male was found deceased and in a state where a visual identification could not be made.”
Hoffenberg became famous in the 1990s with his firm Towers Financial Corp, which he ran with Epstein and used to swindle $460 million out of 200 victims. After spending 18 years in prison, Hoffenberg came out a changed man, emerging as a born again Christian and befriending Epstein’s victims and joining them in fighting the light pedophile.
It was actually Maria Farmer, who reported Epstein to the authorities, who called the police telling them to check on Hoffenberg. He had been diagnosed with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 last month, and had been struggling to recover from it.
“Hoff was one of my dearest friends on earth, more like a father than my own father ever was to me,” Farmer said after his death. “He lived in kindness, always giving what little he had, never asking for anything. This man was beyond incredible and a dear friend to survivors of Epstein… as he was also.”
Hoffenberg had claimed in September of 2019, one month after Epstein allegedly committed suicide in prison, that it was the late pedophile who masterminded the scheme that he spent nearly 20 years in prison for.
“I thought Jeffrey was the best hustler on two feet. Talent, charisma, genius, criminal mastermind. We had a thing that could make a lot of money,” he said at the time. “We called it Ponzi.”
Hoffenberg went on to describe Epstein as the “architect” of their scam. He reportedly hired Epstein back in 1987, paying him $25,000-a-month.
This comes after Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged former madam, was sentenced to twenty years in prison for her role in his alleged sex crimes. She was accused of recruiting young girls for sex with Epstein in the 1990s, and sometimes participating in the abuse herself.
Hoffenberg briefly owned The New York Post back in 1993, though he only was the owner for three months. Epstein managed to get off scot free in their scheme, and he had close ties to various powerful figures, including the former President Bill Clinton.