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USVI attorney general Denise George is suing J.P. Morgan Chase for allegedly helping notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein sexually exploit children by facilitating payments to his recruiters, who in turn provided him with underage girls.
The lawsuit states that the bank was “knowingly providing and pulling the levers through which recruiters and victims were paid.”
George alleges that Chase Bank maintained a relationship with Epstein, who was convicted of soliciting prostitution from underage girls in 2008, until 2013. The bank has not issued an official statement on the matter.
“Human trafficking was the principal business of the accounts Epstein maintained at JPMorgan,” the lawsuit text adds.
According to a thorough report from the New York Times, the USVI Attorney General argues that JP Morgan knowingly ignored evidence that Epstein was involved in illicit behavior, such as his 2008 conviction in Florida for procuring a child for prostitution, because it wanted to keep him as a client.
The NYT report also states:
The lawsuit cited civil racketeering claims that the territory’s attorney general, Denise N. George, filed in 2020 against Mr. Epstein’s estate. The 2020 case described a complex operation focused on bringing women and girls to Little St. James Island, where they were abused and then paid to stay silent.
On Nov. 30, Ms. George and the estate announced an agreement to settle the case for around $105 million, including $80 million in repayments to the government for tax benefits that Mr. Epstein inappropriately obtained, and about half the proceeds from the sale of Mr. Epstein’s island, which could total $55 million. Neither the estate nor its executors admitted wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
Mr. Epstein known for his unlawful business dealings and lavish lifestyle, was found dead in his cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. He allegedly committed suicide.