Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted pedophile, allegedly assisted the former first lady of the U.S. Virgin Islands in drafting text for a sex offender law, according to a startling new federal filing from JPMorgan Chase.
Cecile de Johngh, the wife of the then-governor of the Virgin Islands, John de Jongh Jr., allegedly asked Epstein if he approved of certain modifications to the sex offender monitoring regulations three years after Epstein admitted to procuring a minor prostitute in Florida.
“This is the suggested language; will it work for you?” In May 2011, Cecile de Jongh allegedly wrote.
In its Wednesday filing, JPMorgan Chase attempted to turn the tables on the government of the Caribbean islands.
Fox Business reported in December that the Virgin Islands filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against the largest bank, alleging that the bank enabled Epstein’s intentional exploitation of women and children.
JPMorgan Chase allegedly “turned a blind eye” to human trafficking for more than a decade due to the business Epstein brought to the bank and vowed to bring.
However, the financial titan accused the top Virgin Islands officials of having a “quid pro quo relationship” with the notorious child abuser.
“He gave them money, advice, influence and favors,” the filing says. “In exchange, they shielded and even rewarded him… looking the other way when he walked through USVI airports accompanied by girls and young women.”
The briefing makes unambiguous reference to the conversation in which de Jongh reportedly asked Epstein for advice on modernizing local sex offender regulations to conform to federal requirements.
After being released from prison in 2009, Epstein moved his primary residence to the Virgin Islands and registered as a sexual offender, bringing him under the jurisdiction of the local authorities.
On Little St. James island, he was notorious for assaulting women and girls while entertaining celebrities at his compound.
Epstein said in answer to de Jongh’s call for comments on the sex offenders law, “We should add out of country for more than 7 days, otherwise I could not go for a day trip to Tortola at the last minute.”
In an effort to restrict the media’s access to information about his whereabouts, he added additional recommendations. Epstein kept a close watch on the bill, but he was dissatisfied with the result.
De Jongh expressed regret for “how things panned out” but pledged to find a solution to “get around these obstacles,” according to the filing.
She allegedly devised a scheme to circumvent the law and grant Epstein freedom of movement within and outside the country while accompanied by young women and girls, according to the briefing.
De Jongh even worked for him from 2007 to 2015, managing his regional enterprises for a salary. Even when her husband was governor, Epstein paid for her children’s college education, according to the filing.
“For two decades, and for long after JPC [JPMorgan Chase] exited Epstein as a client, the entity that most directly failed to protect public safety and most actively facilitated and benefited from Epstein’s continued criminal activity was the plaintiff in this case – the USVI [United States Virgin Islands] government itself,” the filing charges.
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A representative for the Virgin Islands attorney general’s office, Venetia Velazquez, stated that JPMorgan Chase had a duty to report proof of Epstein’s misbehavior but did not do so. CONTINUE READING…