: JPMorgan alleges ex-U.S. Virgin Islands first lady helped Jeffrey Epstein spread money and influence

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Thursday provided more details of how officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands allegedly worked with convicted, deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein on influence peddling in his efforts to traffic young girls for prostitution, in its defense against a lawsuit.

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alleged that former U.S. Virgin Islands first lady Cecile de Jongh was “Epstein’s primary conduit for spreading money and influence” throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Epstein maintained a residence.

The bank’s opposition document to a suit against it by the U.S. Virgin Islands alleges that de Jongh “arranged for Epstein to meet with a local immigration lawyer to assist at least one woman…and contacted the University of the Virgin Islands to find out whether three young women could enroll there to obtain student visas.”

JPMorgan initially filed its opposition earlier this week but on Thursday, an updated version of the opposition document contained more details in unredacted portions of it.

The unredacted portions include more quotes, emails and conversations on Epstein’s funding and advising role to the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as his connections with de Jongh and other officials.

First lady de Jongh corresponded with Epstein about language for a proposed sex-offender law for the U.S. Virgin Islands, JPMorgan Chase alleged in the court document.

A U.S. Virgin Islands official did not immediately respond to an email from MarketWatch seeking comment on the JPMorgan allegations.

The latest information comes two days after JPMorgan defended itself against the lawsuit by the U.S. Virgin Islands with accusations that the the local government provided support to him.

The suit, filed in 2022 in Manhattan federal court, has alleged that JPMorgan Chase helped Epstein’s recruiters to pay victims and was “indispensable to the operation and concealment of the Epstein trafficking enterprise.”

Epstein died in 2019 in his cell while waiting for his trial on sex trafficking charges.

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