According to a shocking new federal filing from JPMorgan Chase, convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein allegedly assisted the former U.S. Virgin Islands first lady in drafting text for a sex offender law.
The wife of the then-gov. of the Virgin Islands, John de Jongh Jr., Cecile de Johngh, allegedly asked Epstein whether he approved of particular modifications to the sex offender monitoring regulations three years after Epstein admitted to procuring an underage prostitute in Florida.
“This is the suggested language; will it work for you?” In May 2011, Cecile de Jongh allegedly wrote.
JPMorgan Chase tried to turn the tables on the government of the Caribbean islands in its harsh filing on Wednesday.
In December, the Virgin Islands filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against the biggest bank in the world, claiming that the bank had enabled Epstein’s intentional abuse of women and children, Fox Business reported.
The claim in the lawsuit is that because of the business Epstein brought to the bank and promised to bring, JPMorgan Chase “turned a blind eye” to human trafficking for more than a decade.
The financial juggernaut, however, charged the top Virgin Islands officials with having a “quid pro quo relationship” with the infamous 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 explicitly refers to the conversation with de Jongh during which she is said to have asked Epstein for advice on modernizing local sex offender regulations to bring them into accordance with federal requirements.
Epstein transferred his principal address to the Virgin Islands after being released from prison in 2009 and registered as a sex offender there as required by law, bringing him under the control of the local authorities.
He was notorious for abusing women and girls when entertaining celebrities at his compound on Little St. James island.
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.”
He added other recommendations in an effort to restrict the media’s access to information about his whereabouts. Epstein kept a careful eye on the bill, but he was unhappy with the outcome.
De Jongh expressed regret for “how things panned out” but pledged to find a solution to “get around these obstacles,” according to the filing.
According to the briefing, she allegedly devised a scheme to go around the law and grant Epstein freedom of movement within and outside the country while being accompanied by young women and girls.
De Jongh even worked for him from 2007 to 2015, getting a salary managing his regional businesses. According to the filing, Epstein paid for her children’s college expenses, even when her husband was the governor at the time.
“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.
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.
“JPMorgan Chase has cherry-picked and mischaracterized Epstein’s interactions with U.S. Virgin Islands officials and residents in an attempt to distract and shift blame away from its role in facilitating Jeffrey Epstein’s heinous crimes,” Velazquez wrote in a statement.
This week, the bank settled a separate $290 million class action lawsuit brought by victims of Epstein in order to prevent potentially damning details about its ties with the sex offender from being revealed during the trial.
Epstein committed suicide in his detention cell in 2019, according to the New York City medical examiner’s office, while he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking allegations.