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Virgin Island attorney general issues 15 sweeping subpoenas for Jeffrey Epstein financial accounts

Virgin Island prosecutors are looking into the 'Epstein Enterprise'

Published: July 25, 2020 2:30pm

Updated: July 27, 2020 6:30pm

U.S. Virgin Island Attorney General Denise George has expanded her investigation into what she calls the "Epstein Enterprise" by filing 15 sweeping subpoenas to eight financial institutions in which convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein held at least 35 specifically named accounts.

Among the banks subpoenaed are: 

In addition, the Virgin Island government has subpoenaed third-party data from:

The third-party data account subpoenas identify the 35 entities related to Epstein's real estate holdings, trusts, foundations and other operational accounts.  

The third-party subpoenas specifically name Epstein's foundations: C.O.U.Q. Foundation, Gratitude America and Butterfly Trust.

New York regulators highlighted some of Epstein's foundations and trust, when they investigated his accounts at Deutsche Bank, as earlier reported by Just the News.

In 2008, Epstein in a Florida court pleaded to two charges of solicitation of prostitution with a minor.

In July 2019, the wealthy financier was charged with sex trafficking with a minor in Florida and New York. A month later, Epstein was found dead in his New York jail cell. 

Two days before his death, Epstein put his estate in a trust and signed his last will. Following his death, his estate administrators filed his will in a Virgin Island probate court. As a result, the Virgin Island's attorney general has opened the investigation into Epstein's criminal activity on the island. 

In January, Attorney General George filed a 22-count complaint against Epstein's estate and some of his holdings. 

In February, the Virgin Island government expanded the initial complaint to a 24-count complaint against Epstein's estate, its trust, several of Epstein's entities, and Richard Kahn and Darren Indyke, the two administrators of his estate. 

The complaints accuse the defendants to have acted as the "Epstein Enterprise" and operating a human trafficking enterprise that included sex trafficking and forced labor.

Other counts include civil conspiracy, violations of Epstein's obligations as a registered sex offender for not pre-reporting his trips in 2019 to Austria and Monaco, prostitution, rape, child abuse and neglect, and conspiracy to violate the Virgin Island Criminal Influenced and Corruption Organizations Act.

The "Epstein Enterprise" defendants are accused of breaching numerous Virgin Island laws and using corporate entities to defraud the Virgin Island government to fund its criminal activities. 

Those subpoenaed have until mid-August to answer. 

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