Denise George, former Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands, filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase alleging that the company profited from Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking operation before being fired from her position. The Virgin Islands AG was fired for suing JPMorgan for profiting from the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking operation.
Denise George, Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands, has filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan alleging that the company profited from Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring. This legal action comes less than a month after George reached a settlement with Epstein’s estate, which agreed to sell Epstein’s islands and end all business activities in the area, resulting in a payment of $105 million.
Epstein was discovered dead in his jail while awaiting trial in 2019 on federal charges accusing him of running a sex trafficking operation. Now, JPMorgan is being sued by Virgin Islands over Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking operation.
Three days later, George was sacked by Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr. for reportedly launching the lawsuit against JPMorgan without his authorization.
According to the complaint, for “Over more than a decade, JPMorgan clearly knew it was not complying with federal regulations in regard to Epstein-related accounts as evidenced by its too-little too-late efforts after Epstein was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges and shortly after his death, when JPMorgan belatedly complied with federal law.”
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The legal action taken by Denise George, Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands, against JPMorgan Chase is just one part of her pursuit of those connected to the criminal activities of Jeffrey Epstein. In March 2022, the Epstein estate attempted to sell Little St. James (“Pedo Island”) and a nearby island, but George, who was serving as Attorney General at the time, placed criminal activity liens on the islands through a civil racketeering lawsuit that she had filed in 2020 after Epstein’s “death” in August 2019. The lawsuit claimed that Little St. James Island was used as part of a network of shell companies that Epstein used to hide the actions of his human trafficking network.
In early December 2022, the lawsuit between the Epstein estate and Denise George’s office was settled. As part of the agreement, the Epstein estate agreed to pay over $105 million in restitution to the government of the US Virgin Islands. The settlement also included the removal of liens on Epstein’s islands, with the condition that half of the proceeds from the sale of the islands would be given to the US Virgin Islands through a trust set up to fund government programs aimed at combating sexual abuse on the archipelago. “This settlement restores the faith of the People of the Virgin Islands that its laws will be enforced, without fear or favor, against those who break them. We are sending a clear message that the Virgin Islands will not serve as a haven for human trafficking,” Attorney General George stated upon the announcement of the settlement in one of her last acts before being fired.
Even though the US Virgin Islands’ case against the Epstein estate’s assets has been resolved, questions remain about the operations of Epstein’s businesses in Denise George’s jurisdiction. One particularly mysterious and important company to examine is Southern Country International, which was the first internationally operating bank to be established in the US Virgin Islands by Epstein in 2014. The bank opened during the governorship of John Percy de Jongh Jr., who later appointed current Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr. as Commissioner of the US Virgin Islands Department of Labor. Despite not having much activity on its books, Southern Country International had its license renewed by the US Virgin Islands five times before Epstein’s death.
By the time of Epstein’s death, his Virgin Islands-based bank had less than $700,000 in assets. However, in December 2019, months after his alleged suicide, Epstein’s estate transferred $15.5 million into Southern Country International. Within a month, the bank’s assets had fallen to less than $500,000. Mark Epstein, Jeffrey’s brother and executor of his estate, stated that the bank was used to pay existing debts of the assets he had control over. Although the bank was not explicitly mentioned in the press release on the December settlement, the announcement did detail the action taken by the Virgin Islands against Southern Trust Company, a holding company that points to a larger network of Epstein-owned enterprises connected to Southern Country International. It is unclear how the allegations in George’s lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase are related to the posthumous activity conducted by Epstein’s Virgin Islands banking operation.
After her dismissal, Assistant Attorney General Carol Thomas-Jacobs was named as an interim replacement for George. Thomas-Jacobs will inherit the office as it joins a list of plaintiffs taking action against major banks in relation to their connections with Epstein. Just over a month before George’s lawsuit, multiple class action suits were filed against JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank, alleging that both institutions knowingly profited from Epstein’s criminal activity. These suits coincided with another filed against Epstein associate Leon Black, the billionaire former CEO of Apollo Global Management whose association with Epstein drew significant attention.
The civil suit against Black alleges that he raped the plaintiff in 2002 at a mansion owned by Epstein. A spokesman for Black told Forbes that the claims made against their client were “categorically” false. Deutsche Bank also told Forbes that the suit filed against them “lacks merit.” While these lawsuits have received significant attention, George’s suit against JPMorgan Chase has likely made the biggest impact in the ongoing Epstein scandal. However, George’s firing raises concerns about the potential for the truth to come to light as a result of her final actions as Attorney General.