According to court documents, the wife of the former US Virgin Islands governor is implicated in Epstein’s crimes
JPMorgan Chase, the country’s largest bank, claimed in a new court records On Thursday, the wife of the former U.S. Virgin Islands governor and other territory officials helped Jeffrey Epstein circumvent sex offender laws and helped him source his alleged victims.
The bank’s new application to a US district court is part of an ongoing process civil action The Virgin Islands filed a lawsuit last year alleging the company profited financially from Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking in the Virgin Islands, where he owned a small island, and failed to report his suspicious financial activities.
JPMorgan Chase, which denies any liability for Epstein’s alleged machinations, hit back at US territory this week, saying in its filing that Cecile de Jongh, wife of former Governor John de Jongh, facilitates a “quid pro quo” relationship between Epstein and JPMorgan Chase She was First Lady from 2007 to 2015 and was one of the most powerful figures on the island.
“Epstein’s primary agent for spreading money and influence throughout the USVI government was First Lady de Jongh,” Thursday’s filing said. She said she “raised donations from Epstein to support her husband and his associates.” He also paid her $200,000 in 2007 alone for managerial duties at his companies and paid for her and the governor’s children’s school fees, like the bank claimed in her file.
In return, lawyers for JPMorgan Chase say de Jongh used her influence with senior officials to help Epstein — who was convicted of procuring a child into prostitution in 2008 — obtain student visas for three women involved in his alleged sex trafficking ring involved for their enrollment at a local university, finding them employment and coordinating their travel to the area.
“In summary, in return for Epstein’s money and gifts, USVI made his life easier,” the filing reads. “The government has eased all the burdens stemming from his sex offender status. And it made sure nobody asked too many questions about his transportation and housing young girls on his island.”
Epstein was arrested in 2019 for child sex trafficking but died by suicide in his Manhattan jail cell before his trial.
A spokesman for the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands called JPMorgan Chase’s new file is “an apparent attempt to shift blame.”
De Jongh has not returned Media Inquiries about the allegations against her.