Published: Mon, January 20, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

New Suit Filed Against Jeffrey Epstein By US Virgin Islands

New Suit Filed Against Jeffrey Epstein By US Virgin Islands

Prosecutors in NY have said their investigation continues, despite Epstein's death. On August 11, he was found dead.

However, the new case filed yesterday alleges that the abuse continued after he was released from jail.

While the Epstein estate already faced lawsuits from more than a dozen women, some in Palm Beach County.this is the first time that a government entity has filed suit.

"These claims are distinct from, and are not meant to supplant, the claims of victims who were unconscionably harmed by Jeffrey Epstein and his associates", the lawsuit said.

"These conspiratorial acts are ongoing", the lawsuit says.

Jeffrey Epstein in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services' sex offender registry on March 28, 2017, and obtained by Reuters on July 10, 2019.

In that case, she was captured and had her passport confiscated by Epstein, the suit claims.

The USVI government complaint alleges that Epstein anchored a criminal enterprise, the "Epstein Enterprise". He had previously pleaded guilty in 2008 to a Florida state prostitution charge and completed a 13-month jail sentence.

Epstein then allegedly bought nearby Great St. James in 2016, using a straw purchaser to hide his identity, to keep people from monitoring him from there, and keep victims from escaping to the island.

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A view of Jeffrey Epstein's stone mansion on Little St. James Island.

The estate valued Epstein's total assets at almost $580 million, excluding his "arts, antiques, and other valuables", which haven't been valued yet, the suit says.

In one undated incident in the lawsuit, according to the New York Times, a 15-year-old girl tried to swim off the island in an effort to escape the abuse.

Epstein's resources enabled him to skirt scrutiny, according to the suit: "Monitoring a sex offender with his own private islands and the resources to fly victims in and out on private planes and helicopters presented unique challenges".

Investigators say there is evidence to prove that Epstein kept a list of underage girls who lived in or near the Virgin Islands and could be trafficked to him at a moment's notice.

The isolated nature of Little St. James, two miles off the coast of St. Thomas, made it hard for the government to check in on his activities there. Instead he met them at his St. Thomas office.

Denise George says prosecutors uncovered a web of organizations and entities which helped the money manager traffic young women and underage girls as young as 12.

Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager and registered sex offender, was found dead in New York's Metropolitan Correctional Centre on August 10 a year ago. Epstein's islands merit an expected $86 million.

CNN has reached out to an attorney representing the estate for comment. They allegedly operated a "trafficking pyramid scheme" involving underage girls for nearly two decades, up until his indictment on federal charges in Manhattan previous year.

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