Ghislaine Maxwell bought her $1million New Hampshire hideout with the help of a mystery British ‘tech firm owner’ and had asked about the ‘flight patterns’ over the home before purchasing it with cash under an LLC, the broker who sold the house has claimed.
Maxwell, who is accused of procuring underage girls for billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested Thursday morning at a luxurious mountain top home called Tuckedaway, outside the tiny town of Bradford, months after she disappeared from the public eye.
She had reportedly been staying in the four-bed, four-bathroom, 4,500 sq ft house since December when she bought the property for $1.07million in cash, using a limited liability company called Granite Reality.
The broker who sold the home told The Daily Beast she never met Maxwell, but attended the house inspection with a British man who she assumed was her husband.
The man allegedly told the agent he had recently sold his tech company and was looking for a new place in the U.S., she said.
The broker, who was not named, recalled thinking a celebrity was moving in after they refused to put Maxwell’s name on the paperwork and asked questions pertaining to privacy.
Maxwell was picked up by the FBI and NYPD detectives at 8.30am at the property in Bradford, New Hampshire, she had bought in December 2019 using a limited liability company called Granite Reality LLC to shield her name
Justice finally caught up Thursday with Ghislaine Maxwell at this 156-acre she bought in secret – and which is called Tuckedaway, DailyMail.com can reveal
The four-bed, four-bath home is set on nearly 4,500 sq. ft. of land, as seen in this aerial view
The British socialite, pictured with Epstein in 2005, disappeared from the public eye and had been holed up in New England since the disgraced financier’s arrest last July
‘They said they didn’t want her name known, so I thought it must be a movie star,’ the broker told the publication.
‘She wanted to know what the flight patterns were over the house, which was very strange.’
Another person familiar with the sale told the Miami-Herald that Maxwell’s name was nowhere listed in the documents and said: ‘Obviously whoever bought this property wanted privacy, and they got it.’
The massive house is a quarter of a mile up a steep dirt road and sits behind locked metal gates that prevent cars going up a driveway that leads to two buildings.
Residents of the sleepy town of 1,600 people have described the area with little cellphone reception as the perfect hiding place, as some said they couldn’t recall ever seeing Maxwell in the neighborhood.
‘For her to be back there, it’s a little spooky,’ resident Nate Herrick said. ‘I can’t think of a better place to hide than that road.’
Several locals who spoke to the media in the wake of Maxwell’s arrest said they were shocked to hear the news because the rural town was in the ‘middle of nowhere.’
One woman admitted they didn’t even know who Maxwell or Epstein were, telling the Daily Beast: ‘We keep our noses out of other people’s business.’
Maxwell was arrested at the luxurious mountain top home — dubbed Tuckedaway — outside tiny Bradford, New Hampshire
The house also includes ‘a cozy den, large dining area, wonderful laundry room and mudroom, partially finished basement, guest room suite and loft office guest room’
‘Bradford of all places – shocked, seriously shocked – because nothing really happens around here. Nothing. It’s a quiet town,’ Kristie Dunn, another local, said.
A neighbor told DailyMail.com he saw two small planes buzzing the area around 6am Thursday but he had left for work before the FBI arrived.
A man with a British accent came from a second building and asked DailyMail.com to leave, claiming we were trespassing. He described himself as the estate manager.
Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)
Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)
Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)
X 2 counts of Perjury (x 10 years)
Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein.
They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.
To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions.
She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself.
The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’.
The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.
Realtors called it ‘a stunning custom designed Tudor Frame home’ saying it was ‘an amazing retreat for the nature lover who also wants total privacy.
‘From every room there are views or the Sunapee foothills to the west,’ the realtor gushed.
‘From the covered front porch to ceiling fieldstone fireplace, cathedral ceiling, and a spectacular chandelier, a wall of glass frames a stunning southwestern view beyond the stone patio.’
The house also includes ‘a cozy den, large dining area, wonderful laundry room and mudroom, partially finished basement, guest room suite and loft office guest room.’
On Thursday federal prosecutors said that Maxwell had been hiding in New England since last July, when Epstein was arrested.
She changed her phone number to one registered under ‘G Max,’ changed her email address, moved at least twice and when she ordered delivery packages had them delivered to a different name, which they did not specify.
In a court document arguing that she should be refused bail, prosecutors said that she had at least 15 bank accounts which she owned or was associated with in the last four years.
At times their maximum total balance had been as high as $20million, they said, and said that her finances were ‘opaque and indeterminate.’
It said that she had declared a foreign bank account in 2019 with a balance of more than $1million, and that she has French and British passports as well as an American one, having become a U.S. citizen in 2002.
The document also revealed that between 2007 and 2011 – which includes the time he was behind bars – Epstein transferred more than $20million into Maxwell’s accounts, which were then returned to his accounts, suggesting some sort of scheme to keep the money undisclosed to authorities.
Public records reveal that Granite Reality LLC was set up on November 18 last year and registered to a waterfront office block in Boston.
Its purpose was ‘acquiring, holding for investment, maintaining, preserving, improving, operating, selling, leasing, disposing of and otherwise investing in real and personal property.’
The entity’s sole piece of business to date was the purchase of the luxurious Bradford property on December 13.
The only individual listed in public documents as having any involvement in Granite Reality is Jeffrey Roberts, an attorney whose firm, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, is based in the same Boston building.
According to the company’s website, Roberts specializes in ‘estate planning for high net worth individuals; acting as counsel to executors, trustees and conservators; advising on tax planning and charitable giving; and negotiating prenuptial agreements.’
Roberts has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Richard Yospin, the former owner of Tuckedaway, has not responded to a similar request, nor have the two realtors involved in the sale.
Maxwell had not been seen since last August when she was photographed at an In-N-Out Burger in Los Angeles, ten days after Epstein’s suicide
Maxwell with Epstein and Donald and Melania Trump in 2000
Special Agent William Sweeney said at a press conference Thursday that the FBI swooped in the morning after ‘discreetly keeping tabs’ on Maxwell for some time and that she recently moved to the property.
Agents ‘moved in’ this morning. No other circumstances surrounding her arrest are known. She is due to dial into a conference call court appearance later this afternoon. It is unclear where she is currently or where she’ll go after the hearing.
A grand jury recently returned a sealed, six-count indictment against her which accuses her of enticing underage girls to travel for sex, actually having sex with them and Epstein and later lying about it under oath in depositions when she was being sued by Virginia Giuffre Roberts, one of Epstein’s accusers who says she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17.
The charges relate to incidents that happened between 1994 and 1997 and involve three unnamed victims, the youngest of whom was 14. The alleged abuse happened at Epstein’s homes in New York, Florida and New Mexico and at Maxwell’s home in London.
Epstein has been accused of abusing dozens more girls and Maxwell is tangentially associated with the decades of alleged horror because, the accusers say, she was always by his side or making arrangements for him and them.
Maxwell, the British socialite daughter of the late, disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell whose impressive international network of friends and acquaintances includes the Clintons, has been a ghost since Epstein was arrested last June on charges of sex trafficking. She is who introduced him to Prince Andrew and set up the 2001 London night out when the royal allegedly had sex with Giuffre.
On Thursday, Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said the investigation into Epstein’s decades of abuse is ongoing and that she’d ‘welcome’ Prince Andrew ‘coming in to provide a statement’, prompting speculation that he may among people investigators may focus their attention on next.
‘We would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk to us. We would like to have the benefit of his statement. Our doors remain open. We would welcome him coming in and giving us an opportunity to hear his statement,’ she said.
It opens the door to questions of jurisdiction and whether or not US Attorney Strauss may charge for alleged incidents that happened in London and not America. Among the claims in the indictment is that Maxwell groomed one of the victims in London. At her press conference, Strauss said some of the sexual abuse also happened at Maxwell’s house in London.
The charges against Maxwell are: conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of perjury.
If convicted, she could face life in prison on the most serious charge – transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity – which carries a minimum 10 year sentence.