Intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein paid college tuition for the kids of then-governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, whose spouse made efforts to safe scholar visas and a piece license for younger girls linked to Epstein, based on an up to date courtroom submitting Thursday by JPMorgan Chase.
These tuition funds, whose period and quantities weren’t revealed, allowed then-Gov. John de Jongh Jr. “to funnel further cash to his political campaigns,” JPMorgan mentioned within the submitting in U.S. District Courtroom in Manhattan.
Epstein additionally “supplied to fund Governor de Jongh’s protection within the Governor’s legal case,” the place the then-governor was charged in 2015 in reference to using public funds to make safety enhancements at his personal residence, based on the submitting. These prices have been dropped in early 2016 by the Virgin Islands Division of Justice.
JPMorgan alleges Epstein’s generosity was a part of his broader effort to construct sway on the islands.
The submitting is a part of the financial institution’s protection of a civil lawsuit by the U.S. Virgin Islands alleging JPMorgan facilitated Epstein’s intercourse trafficking of younger girls. Epstein, who was a JPMorgan buyer between 1998 and 2013, owned two personal islands within the territory and abused a number of younger girls at his residence on a type of islands.
JPMorgan denies wrongdoing within the case.
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is because of be deposed Friday for the Virgin Islands’ lawsuit, in addition to for the same one filed in opposition to the financial institution by an accuser of Epstein.
“Lest there be doubt that Epstein’s objective was to realize affect, First Girl [Cecile] de Jongh explicitly suggested Epstein on the right way to purchase management of the USVI political class,” the submitting says.
The doc additionally refers to 1 time when Cecile de Jongh was “asking Epstein what visas the ‘women’ have and making an attempt to rearrange English as a Second Language courses for them.”
Former Gov. de Jongh served as Virgin Islands governor between 2007 and 2015.
Cecile de Jongh labored for Epstein, managing his firms within the territory. She made $200,000 in 2007 alone, the submitting notes.
CNBC has reached out to the de Jonghs for remark by an asset administration agency within the Virgin Islands the place the previous governor is a director.
The submitting was first docketed Tuesday with in depth redactions, nevertheless it was refiled Thursday, with some particulars about former Gov. de Jongh and Cecile now seen. Additionally seen are allegations associated to present Virgin Islands Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and his rapid predecessor in that workplace, Kenneth Mapp.
Bryan, who is because of be deposed June 6 within the case, steered colleges to which Epstein ought to donate $50,000, the submitting mentioned. Bryan additionally requested $30,000 go to the Virgin Islands Little League, based on the doc.
Parts of the submitting that have been seen Tuesday mentioned the federal government of the Virgin Islands was “complicit within the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein.”
JPMorgan mentioned Epstein — who died in 2019 by a jailhouse suicide whereas awaiting trial on federal intercourse trafficking prices — gave prime officers within the territory cash, recommendation and favors as they regarded the opposite means when he trafficked younger girls there.
A spokesperson for the Workplace of the Lawyer Normal of the Virgin Islands, in an emailed assertion responding to the up to date submitting, mentioned, “JPMorgan Chase facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse, and ought to be held accountable for violating the legislation.”
“That is an apparent try and shift blame away from JPMorgan Chase, which had a obligation to report the proof in its possession of Epstein’s human trafficking, and failed to take action,” the spokesperson mentioned.
The doc calls Cecile de Jongh, who managed Epstein’s firms there when she was first woman, “a prepared associate” in serving to Epstein transport younger girls to use within the Virgin Islands, the place he maintained a house.
The financial institution alleged Cecile de Jongh was “Epstein’s main conduit for spreading cash and affect all through the USVI authorities.” The submitting mentioned she emailed him in 2011 proposed language for a invoice within the Virgin Islands legislature that will replace intercourse offender monitoring legal guidelines.
“That is the steered language; will it be just right for you?” she requested in that e mail, based on the submitting.
The doc additionally mentioned Epstein, who was a registered intercourse offender attributable to his conviction in Florida state courtroom in 2008 for soliciting intercourse from a minor, replied, “We should always add out of nation for greater than 7 days, in any other case I couldn’t go for a day journey to Tortola, on the final minute.”
JPMorgan alleged Epstein, regardless of receiving “profitable tax incentives” and “lax enforcement” of his intercourse offender standing from the Virgin Islands, “nonetheless couldn’t freely transport and exploit younger girls with out help from USVI authorities officers.”
The submitting mentioned Cecile de Jongh “organized for Epstein to satisfy with an area immigration lawyer to help a minimum of one” younger girl who wanted a visa to go to the American territory.
Cecile de Jongh additionally “contacted the College of the Virgin Islands … to seek out out whether or not three younger girls may enroll there to acquire scholar visas,” based on the submitting.
“Maybe cognizant of the danger in having a registered intercourse offender signal the letter, First Girl de Jongh wrote to Epstein that he ought to take into consideration whether or not ‘[he] ought to signal [the letter] or considered one of us,'” the doc mentioned.
“In the end UVI structured a bespoke class to enroll victims and supply cowl for his or her presence within the territory — the identical 12 months Epstein donated $20,000 to the college by considered one of his firms,” the submitting mentioned.
“Along with visas, a few of the younger girls Epstein dropped at the island additionally wanted
employment,” the submitting famous.
The doc mentioned when a type of girls wanted a dental license, “First Girl de Jongh reached out to the Director for the Workplace of Skilled Licensure and Well being Planning on the USVI Division of Well being concerning a ‘new apply act’ that will have ‘important adjustments and allowances for reciprocity.'”
“The Director wrote to Ms. de Jongh that after the act went earlier than the Senate Committee she would have a ‘clearer thought on what [the young woman’s] choices are transferring ahead,'” it mentioned.
The submitting alleged Cecile de Jongh additionally reached out to contacts within the legal professional common’s workplace and solicitor common’s workplace concerning the new guidelines.
“In the end, First Girl de Jongh was profitable,” the submitting mentioned. “The younger girl finally set
up an area dental apply within the USVI and shared an workplace with Epstein’s firms.”
In detailing claims Cecile suggested Epstein on the right way to use his cash to manage politicians within the Virgin Islands, the submitting says Epstein, at her suggestion, “explored paying month-to-month retainers to USVI politicians to make sure their ‘loyalty and entry.'”
“First Girl de Jongh steered that Epstein ‘contemplate placing Celestino [White] on some form of month-to-month retainer. That’s what will get you his loyalty and entry,'” mentioned the doc.
White was a Virgin Islands senator.
The submitting additionally particulars how Epstein met usually with the management of the Virgin Islands Port Authority, which leased hangar area to him at its airport, the place girls have been introduced in for Epstein.
Cecile de Jongh at one level requested Epstein, on behalf of her husband, the governor, “if he would assist” the bid by then-Sen. Carlton Dowe to return to the Port Authority, the submitting mentioned.
Dowe, based on the message from Cecile, can be a “good individual for us” there, the submitting mentioned.
“Primarily based on his authorities connections, when touring by the USVI’s airport accompanied by younger girls as a registered intercourse offender, Epstein may depend on his ‘nice relationship’ with the officers there to keep away from scrutiny or detection,” the submitting mentioned.
“In sum, in change for Epstein’s money and items, USVI made life simple for him,” JPMorgan’s submitting mentioned.
The doc added, “The federal government mitigated any burdens from his intercourse offender standing. And it made certain that nobody requested too many questions on his transport and preserving of younger ladies on his island.”