Dem Politician Caught Hip Deep In New Epstein Scandal
A shocking revelation has surfaced in the scandal involving Jeffrey Epstein, the Florida financier and convicted sex offender who committed suicide in a federal detention center while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
According to a court filing from JPMorgan Chase, the former wife of USwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwVI Democrat Governor John de Jongh Jr., Cecile de Jongh, allegedly helped Epstein facilitate his alleged sex trafficking scheme.
The Wall Street Journal reported that emails between Epstein and de Jongh show the former first lady of the US Virgin Islands was an office manager for the convicted sex offender’s businesses in the territory. JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay approximately $290 million to settle a class-action lawsuit from Epstein’s victims over the bank’s relationship with Epstein.
The bank said in court documents that the U.S. Virgin Islands “protected Epstein, fostering the perfect conditions for Epstein’s criminal conduct to continue undetected. Rather than stop him, they helped him.”
The bank also claimed that de Jongh ran Epstein’s business operations on the island while her husband was the governor, and even helped him deal with local politicians and law enforcement. The bank stated that de Jongh allegedly helped enroll numerous Epstein victims in English classes and helped get their visas set up so they could be brought to the island. It was also alleged that she asked Epstein to make political donations to the congressional campaign of then-Democrat Stacey Plaskett, who was later elected to U.S. Congress as a delegate.
The USVI sued the bank last year claiming that it helped Epstein facilitate his crimes by allowing him to use their bank, which provided him access to the financial system.
A spokesperson for the USVI Attorney General’s Office has claimed that the bank “cherry-picked” facts in order to distract from its own legal woes.
“JPMorgan Chase has cherry-picked and mischaracterized Epstein’s interactions with U.S. Virgin Islands officials and residents in an attempt to distract and shift blame away from its role in facilitating Jeffrey Epstein’s heinous crimes,” the spokesperson said. As this bombshell allegation against de Jongh paves the way for further investigation into the island’s connection to Epstein and his illicit activities, the USVI government has yet to comment officially on the matter.