US Virgin Islands governor overthrows attorney general after suing JPMorgan Chase and accusing bank of covering up Jeffrey Epstein crimes
US Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George was ousted on Saturday, the local newspaper reported.
Last week, George filed a lawsuit accusing JPMorgan Chase of covering up Epstein’s crimes.
Epstein’s sex trafficking scheme took place on Little Saint James Island in the Virgin Islands.
The U.S. Virgin Islands attorney general was ousted from office just days after filing a lawsuit accusing JPMorgan Chase of facilitating Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking scheme, the Virgin Islands Consortium first reported.
Denise George filed the lawsuit without first informing Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan, the local newspaper reported. Bryan confirmed he had removed George from his post, saying in a statement: “I thank her for her service to the people of the territory over the past four years as Attorney General and wish her the best in her future endeavours. “
The lawsuit, which was filed Dec. 27, alleges that JPMorgan “knowingly facilitated, supported and concealed the human trafficking network operated by Jeffrey Epstein” and “benefited financially” from those actions, Jacob Shamsian previously reported. ‘Insider.
The lawsuit alleged that the huge financial institution “turned a blind eye” to Epstein’s crimes for more than 10 years “because of the transactions and customers that Epstein brought and promised to bring to the bank.”
JPMorgan did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment for this story and previously declined to comment on the U.S. Virgin Islands lawsuit.
A spokesperson for the bank told financial news site Benzinga: “The company ended its relationship with Epstein long before his continued misconduct became known. Since then, JPMorgan Chase has been cooperating with investigations into Epstein and others.”
Epstein died by suicide in 2019 while imprisoned and awaiting trial for these crimes. His death has led to new investigations into his more than 200 accusers, scrutiny of his former associates and another Virgin Islands lawsuit against Epstein’s estate. The other case, which George also filed, was settled with the estate ordered to pay the government $105 million and half the sale price of Epstein’s Little Saint James Island.
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