The attorney general for the U.S. Virgin Islands is filing a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase, which allegedly facilitated notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking to highly influential clients.
The lawsuit, filed by the USVI Attorney General Denise George on Wednesday, is suing the bank for “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.
George argues that Chase ignored evidence of Epstein’s involvement in illicit behavior in order to keep him as a client, such as his 2008 conviction for procuring a child for prostitution in Florida.
Epstein was a notorious Democratic donor, who was closely connected to some of the most powerful people in the world, such as former president Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew.
Epstein died mysteriously in his jail cell in 2019 ahead of facing trial for his crimes, allegedly committing suicide. The circumstances of his death, however, such as jail surveillance cams going out despite Epstein being on suicide watch, have raised questions about whether or not there is more to the story.
Epstein’s operations were largely based from his private island, Little St. James in the Virgin Islands. George says in the lawsuit that the island was used for sex crimes.
Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime romantic partner, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in June for child sex trafficking.
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