Virgin Islands Attorney General, Denise George, sued JPMorgan Chase in connection to her investigation into Jeffrey Epstein and was promptly fired a few days later. George had previously reached a settlement with Epstein's estate for over $105 million.
The 30-page federal lawsuit George filed in New York on December 27 stated that JPMorgan Chase had "facilitated, sustained, and concealed" Epstein's human trafficking ring.
The Complaint went on to allege, "JP Morgan 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." The lawsuit goes on to elaborate on Epstein's ties with the bank, saying, "These decisions were advocated and approved at the senior levels of JP Morgan, including by the former chief executive of its asset management division and investment bank, whose inappropriate relationship with Epstein should have been evident to the bank. Indeed, it was only after Epstein's death that JP Morgan belatedly complied with federal banking regulations regarding Epstein's accounts."
George's lawsuit was not the first time that JPMorgan Chase's name had been brought up in relation to Epstein's crimes, with several of his victims suing in two separate class-action lawsuits accusing both JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank of "complicity" regarding Epstein's sex trafficking network.
While Epstein died by suicide in jail before his trial, co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell was tried, convicted, and sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $750,000 in fines in June of last year.
On New Year's Eve, just 4 days after filing the lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase, George was removed as attorney general. According to local news reports from the territory, George had not notified Governor Albert Bryan of her impending action.
George's removal was confirmed by a statement from the territory's governor's office, but no explanation for the unexpected termination was given.
In the statement, Bryan says, "I relieved Denise George of her duties as attorney general this weekend. 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."
Bryan's selection for acting attorney general, Carol Thomas-Jacobs, has also worked on the Epstein probe. Court records show that while George was AG, Thomas-Jacobs signed a Complaint suing Epstein's estate in what is the territory's equivalent of a racketeering lawsuit in which the suit accuses Daren K. Indyke and Richard D. Kahn, the estate's executors, of being Epstein's "indispensable captains."
Geroge's latest lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase is related to the now-consolidated proposed class-action lawsuits also filed in New York federal court against JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank. Those cases are set to be tried before Senior U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in the Southen District of New York this summer.
It would be remiss not to note that George's termination came during President Joe Biden's holiday visit to the islands after she had recently vowed to continue her probe into Epstein and to expose, not only the full extent of Epstein's human trafficking network, but also all of his powerful friends and accomplices.
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