JP Morgan claims US Virgin Islands ‘complicit’ in Jeffrey Epstein crimes

JP Morgan has claimed the government of the US Virgin Islands is “complicit in the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein”, saying the convicted sex trafficker maintained a “quid pro quo relationship” with some of the territory’s highest officials over two decades.

The claim, contained in a legal filing on Tuesday, comes as part of a legal tussle that began with the US Virgin Islands alleging in a New York court that JP Morgan “facilitated and concealed wire and cash transactions that raised suspicion of – and were in fact part of – a criminal enterprise whose currency was the sexual servitude of dozens of women and girls”. JP Morgan denies the claims.

The government of the US Virgin Islands has sought legal depositions of the bank’s chief executive, Jamie Dimon, and a host of high-profile names from tech, hospitality and finance, including Elon Musk, Sergey Brin, Thomas Pritzker and others, as part of an effort to gather more information about Epstein’s relationship with JP Morgan.