The top prosecutor in the U.S. Virgins Islands lost her job days after suing a major investment bank for allegedly turning a “blind eye” to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Governor Albert Bryan (D-VI) announced the firing of Attorney General Denise George in a brief statement.
“I relieved Denise George of her duties as attorney general this weekend,” Bryan said in a statement. “I thank her for her service to the people of the territory during the past four years as attorney general and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
Though the governor did not provide a reason for the ouster, The Virgin Islands Consortium cited sources who said Bryan was increasingly frustrated with George, and her suing the bank, JPMorgan Case, without informing him was the final straw.
As RTM previously reported, George filed the federal lawsuit last week, accusing the bank of “knowingly providing and pulling the levers through which recruiters and victims were paid” and argues that the bank was “turning a blind eye” to Epstein’s sex crimes.
“Human trafficking was the principal business of the accounts Epstein maintained at JPMorgan,” the lawsuit adds.
The lawsuit also accuses Chase of concealing “wire and cash transactions that raised suspicion of a criminal enterprise whose currency was the sexual servitude of young girls.”
Chase Bank maintained a relationship with Epstein from 1998 to 2013, before suddenly cutting ties with him, The New York Times reported. The bank has not issued an official statement on the lawsuit.
JPMorgan declined to comment when the news broke. With George fired, it was not immediately clear what would happen to the lawsuit, which seeks Epstein-tied profits from the bank as well as penalties and damages.
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