St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George was abruptly fired on Saturday after she filed a lawsuit against JP Morgan Chase bank as part of her probe into Jeffrey Epstein.
George filed the federal lawsuit against the U.S. banking giant in the Southern District of New York on Dec. 27 without notifying U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan, The Virgin Islands Consortium reported.
The lawsuit alleged JP Morgan Chase “turned a blind eye to evidence of human trafficking over more than a decade because of Epstein’s own financial footprint, and because of the deals and clients that Epstein brought and promised to bring to the bank,” according to TND.
It further accused JP Morgan Chase of facilitating and concealing Epstein’s banking 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 in and beyond the Virgin Islands.”
George said in the lawsuit that the bank should have been aware of Epstein’s criminal endeavors and alleged the bank violated anti-money laundering laws by failing to report it, The Guardian reported.
“JPMorgan knowingly, negligently and unlawfully provided and pulled the levers through which recruiters and victims were paid and was indispensable to the operation and concealment of the Epstein trafficking enterprise,” the lawsuit read, according to the news outlet. “Human trafficking was the principal business of the accounts Epstein maintained at JPMorgan.”
Just days filing the lawsuit, George was fired.
She had worked for Bryan’s administration for four years.
Bryan refused to specify why he terminated George’s role as attorney general, TND reported.
“I relieved Denise George of her duties as attorney general this weekend,” Bryan told TND in a statement. “I thank her for her service to the people of the Territory during the past four years as Attorney General and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
Bryan’s communications director, Richard Motta, said he is unable to comment on personnel matters, but argued the news reports that George was fired over the lawsuit were “not entirely accurate,” according to TND.
JP Morgan Chase refused to comment on the lawsuit, The Guardian reported.
Epstein’s family hired a forensic pathologist to observe the autopsy, and former New York City Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden determined that the millionaire’s body showed more signs of homicide than suicide.
A federal investigation determined that the corrections officers tasked with guarding Epstein slept on the job and falsified check-in logs, and then the security videos of his apparent suicide went missing from the jail.
Two correctional officers were indicted in connection with Epstein’s death, charged with conspiracy and multiple counts of falsifying records.
Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested a year after Epstein was taken into custody.
The 60-year-old British socialite was convicted on Dec. 29, 2021, on five of six counts tied to her conspiring with and aiding Epstein in his recruitment, enticement, and trafficking of underage girls between 1994 and 2004, according to ABC News.
Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in the scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release in June of last year.
George helped secure a more than $105 settlement for the U.S. Virgin Islands against Epstein’s estate as recently as November of last year, The Guardian reported.
“This settlement restores the faith of the people of the Virgin Islands that its laws will be enforced, without fear or favour, against those who break them,” she said in a statement at the time. “We are sending a clear message that the Virgin Islands will not serve as a haven for human trafficking.”