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JP Morgan claims US Virgin Islands ‘complicit’ in Jeffrey Epstein crimes

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JP Morgan Chase claimed that the government of the US Virgin Islands is “complicit in the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein” in a legal filing on Tuesday, saying the convicted sex trafficker maintained a “quid pro quo relationship” with some of the territory’s highest officials over two decades.The claim comes as part of an ongoing legal tussle that began with the US Virgin Islands alleging in a New York court that JP Morgan “facilitated and concealed wire and cash transactions that raised suspicion of – and were in fact part of – a criminal enterprise whose currency was the sexual servitude of dozens of women and girls”.

JP Morgan denies the claims.USVI has sought legal depositions of the bank’s CEO, Jamie Dimon, and a host of high-profile names from tech, hospitality and finance, including Elon Musk, Sergey Brin, Thomas Pritzker and others, as part of an effort to gather more information about Epstein’s relationship with JPMorgan.Epstein maintained a home on a private island in the territory where he sexually abused young women over the years, using money from accounts he maintained at JP Morgan.

Last week, Deutsche Bank agreed to settle a similar proposed class action by an Epstein victim for $75m.But in a counterclaim, JP Morgan claims that the government of the US Virgin Islands, not JP Morgan, is the entity “that most directly failed to protect public safety and most actively facilitated and benefited from Epstein’s continued criminal activity”.“Epstein could have lived anywhere in the world.

He chose USVI. Discovery obtained in this case reveals why,” JP Morgan claims.“For two decades, Epstein maintained a quid pro quo relationship with USVI’s highest-ranking officials.

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