The U.S. Virgin Islands government says it’s unable to locate Google co-founder Larry Page to serve him a subpoena in an ongoing lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase for allegedly enabling Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, a new federal filing revealed.
The Virgin Islands sued the world’s largest bank in December, alleging it knowingly facilitated Epstein’s exploitation of women and minors.
The lawsuit argues that the bank “turned a blind eye to evidence of human trafficking over more than a decade because of Epstein’s own financial footprint and because of the deals and clients that Epstein brought and promised to bring to the bank.”
Page, a reclusive 50-year-old billionaire, co-founded and co-owns Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google.
According to a three-page motion filed Thursday in the Southern District of New York, Page is a “high-net worth individual who Epstein may have referred or attempted to refer to JPMorgan.”
Epstein died of suicide by hanging in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on a federal sex trafficking indictment.
The Virgin Islands said it can’t locate Page despite “good-faith attempts,” which included “hiring an investigative firm to search public records databases.”
The government tried to serve Page with a subpoena for documents at an address identified by an investigator, but it wasn’t valid, the filing says.
As an alternative, the Virgin Islands has asked Judge Jed Rakoff to let it serve Alphabet Inc. as a substitute for directly serving the tech titan.
According to a report from Business Insider, Page owns four islands, including one in Fiji.
He reportedly spent most of the pandemic on the property by circumventing COVID-19 travel restrictions, Insider alleged.
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