The U.S. Virgin Islands Lawsuit Against the Epstein Estate & Hidden Secrets of the Island
On January 15, 2020, the Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Denise George, announced a lawsuit against the estate of Jeffrey Epstein. The civil suit is seeking to seize both Little St. James and Great St. James as well as other assets from various shell corporations connected to the criminal activity that took place in the Virgin Islands.
Attorney General Denise George is relatively new to her position. She was appointed as Attorney General by the newly elected governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Albert Bryan, who took office in January of 2019. Governor Bryan appointed Denise George in April of 2019, to take on the role as Attorney General, with the task of rooting out corruption and restoring confidence among the people. The Virgin Islands has a sordid history of government corruption.
For example, in August of 2018, a former Virgin Islands Senator, Wayne A.G. James “was convicted of two counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of federal program funds.” “Wayne James abused his trusted position as a senator for the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands by stealing tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to pay his own campaign and personal expenses,” remarked Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski. In another example of U.S. Virgin Islands corruption, an official, Violet Anne Golden, has been indicted just this year for embezzling government funds while serving as chairman of the Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission.
Concerns by the Trump administration, over the mishandling of federal disaster relief, delayed funding for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands which was intended to be used for repairs since the devastation of the 2017 hurricanes, Irma and Maria. More oversight was needed of the federal funding of more than $8 billion for disaster relief, which is allocated through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, under Ben Carson, before the administration “could proceed with confidence” that the funds would not be mismanaged. The Trump administration’s delay of funding met harsh criticisms by Democrats, as well as U.S. Virgin Islands officials, including Governor Albert Bryan and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett. However, the administration’s concerns over government corruption in the Virgin Islands and misappropriation of federal relief funds were not unfounded. In February of 2019, indictments were unsealed, charging four individuals with major disaster fraud targeting federal disaster assistance under FEMA. One of the individuals indicted had previously worked as an advisor of Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico.
The newly elected governor, Albert Bryan, has attempted to separate the activities of the U.S. Virgin Islands with those of Puerto Rico by stating, “While I understand the concern for heightened scrutiny given the recent developments in Puerto Rico, there have been no improprieties in the Virgin Islands’ disaster recovery process and no discernible reason to couple the U.S. Virgin Islands with Puerto Rico in this matter. We are not Puerto Rico.” With only one year into the new governor’s administration, it is unclear at this point if Bryan’s statement will hold true.
While the new governor, Albert Bryan, has made strong statements about fighting corruption and restoring public confidence in their government, it is difficult to reconcile these statements with his numerous public appearances alongside the Clintons as well as a his participation as a panel speaker for the 2019 Clinton Global Initiative. Considering that both Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton traveled on numerous occasions with the pedophile and child trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein, and the fact that Epstein claimed to be a co-founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, it does raise suspicions as to Governor Albert Bryan’s commitment to rooting out corruption that takes place within the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Governor Albert Bryan has made it clear that he intends to rebuild a defunct division of the Justice Department — the White Collar Crimes and Public Corruption Unit, under the newly appointed Attorney General, Denise George. Prior to his administration, A.G. Denise George stated that the unit had been completely dismantled. A.G. George, who was appointed to her current position in April of 2019, appears to have a solid background in prosecuting corruption as the former Director of the White Collar Crime and Public Corruption Division. She also co-authored the first Virgin Islands criminal child abuse and neglect statute, while serving as a member of the Child Abuse Task Force. When A.G. George was sworn in, along with 11 other cabinet members, Governor Bryan remarked, “You were selected because you were the group of people that I felt, and that my team felt, could bring change to the Virgin Islands…It’s not easy, change, and it is a difficult road to travel but I know from the resumes I’ve seen that all of you are great managers.” Let’s hope that A.G. Denise George will do exactly that.
When Denise George took on the new position, she explains, “I received a number of inquiries from various local and national media as well as information out there about people who presume or suspect that there is a lot of criminal activity that is going on at Little St. James Island at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein.” When asked how Epstein’s flagrant criminal conduct in the Virgin Islands went undetected for so long, and if she found this to be alarming, A.G. George stated, “Alarmed and outraged. But I really want to say also I cannot speak for what happened in the past in previous administrations. This is a new administration that I came on in April. I don’t know all that happened in the past but what I do know is even if people are talking about or they believe these things are happening or discussing suspicions about what is going on, unless there’s some kind of report…to law enforcement, which I understand there had been no reports, criminal reports or criminal complaints to law enforcement, to trigger any investigations.”
Following the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein, allegations emerged of corruption within the U.S. Virgin Islands enabling Epstein’s operation to continue for years. U.S. Virgin Islands Senator, Oakland Benta, who previously served as St. Croix chief of police, stated, “There is widespread corruption within the territory that needs to be addressed and looked at with fresh eyes,” adding, “He [Epstein] has people on his payroll.” One of those people certainly includes the wife of the former U.S. Virgin Islands governor, Cecile de Jongh, who remained employed under Epstein’s Financial Trust Company, even recently. Governor John de Jongh, who was caught in his own bribery scandal, skated charges under Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Perhaps, this is why the previous U.S. Virgin Islands administration didn’t launch an investigation or bring charges against Epstein sooner. With the death of Epstein, it seems these elected officials may no longer be, as Oakland Benta put it, on Epstein’s payroll.
With the revamp of the U.S. Virgin Islands Justice Department, including the appointment of A.G. Denise George, an investigation into the crimes committed by Epstein and his associates in the U.S. Virgin Islands began. A.G. George filed the suit on January 15th 2020 and held a subsequent press conference on the matter. Questions as to what this suit may seek to accomplish have arisen, since Epstein is now deceased, as well as if any of the victims will receive compensation. A.G. George has stated, “It is a forfeiture action that is available to the government. However, under that statute we are able to request that the court allow us to compensate victims for some of the compensation that we would receive.” In light of the numerous examples of government corruption and mishandling of funds in the Virgin Islands, undoubtedly victims as well as the general public, remain skeptical.
During her press conference, A.G. George was asked, “Jeffrey Epstein, while he was alive, told them [investigators] that they could only come as far as the dock at Little St. James because that represented his front door. Is it possible that victims of Jeffrey Epstein may still be living on Little St. James at this time and is there anything in this investigation that you foresee where investigators may be able to go past the ‘front door’?”
(Begin watching at the 23:32 mark)
Did you hear that? A reporter actually asked the A.G. if some of Epstein’s victims were still living (in captivity?) on the island. Her response was, “I cannot discuss the details of the investigation and it is indeed ongoing, and that’s what I can say. But anything is possible with an investigation based upon the evidence.” It seems implausible that any of Epstein’s remaining victims would still be living on the island. However, it appears that through the process of discovery, this investigation may lead to a search.
In fact, allegations 65–69 of the complaint state that Epstein repeatedly defied DPNR regulations for construction of “additional barriers to prevent those held involuntarily on Little St. James from escaping or obtaining help from others.”
The complaint goes on to explain that “Epstein Enterprise continues to attempt to prevent or limit DPNR authorities from conducting random inspections on Little St. James and Great St. James necessary to comply with Virgin Islands law.” Logic dictates that, as part of the discovery process, investigators must analyze the island for any illegal structures or barriers constructed, in order to assess damages which, if the case is won, would be awarded to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In pursuit of their investigation of illegal structures on the islands, perhaps we may finally have proof of the long-suspected subterranean structures beneath Epstein’s islands. Citizen researchers and journalists have reported on this possibility and provided a treasure trove of circumstantial evidence to support the theory, including still shots from drone footage of what appear to be entrances leading to an enclosure dug into Little St. James.
Furthermore, drone footage of Little St. James has revealed industrial sized ventilation systems partially dug into the hill, which would support air ventilation for a significantly large structure beneath the island.
Now, here is where we dive into some of the darker “conspiracy theories” of Epstein’s island. Citizen journalists and researchers uncovered a connection between Rachel Chandler and Bill Clinton, as well as the MC2 modeling agency from which Epstein reportedly recruited many of his victims. The complaint describes a “trafficking pyramid scheme” in which the victims were forced to recruit new victims. Based on circumstantial evidence, it appears that Rachel Chandler may have been a recruiter.
Chandler is known to have traveled in elite circles of Hollywood A-listers including Paris Hilton and M&M.
Her social media posts, which have likely been taken down now due to heightened attention (but have been archived), reveal many, many disturbing images including this photo shown here. Of course, this is only speculation, but there is a reasonably legitimate theory that this photo was taken of the security cameras (which we know Epstein had everywhere) monitoring the underground facility at Epstein island.
Also, in what appears to be an attempt to cover-up evidence, it was reported that Epstein ordered a $50,000 cement truck in November of 2018, to be delivered to the island, sparking suspicions that the supposed subterranean structures at Epstein’s island may have been partially filled with cement.
The complaint also refers to a “computerized list of underage girls who were in or proximate to the Virgin Islands, and able to be transported to Epstein’s residence at Little St. James in the Virgin Islands.”
Again, logic dictates that in the course of the discovery process, the investigators may obtain access to the computers which appear to have been seized by the FBI from the island on August 12, 2019.
Though we are in the early stages of this investigation overseen by the U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General’s office, it seems that there is a potential for more information to come to light in the near future as to the contents of the computers seized from the island as well as the possible subterranean structures beneath the island, which many believe may have (as the complaint alludes) prevented “those held involuntarily on Little St. James from escaping or obtaining help from others.”
As for the victims receiving compensation for their suffering through this lawsuit, well, let’s hope, for the sake of the two victims referenced in the lawsuit, who tried to escape the island and many others like them, that the U.S. Virgin Islands is finally committed to cleaning out the government corruption and mishandling of government funds once and for all. We will have to wait and see.