Prosecutors investigating Jeffrey Epstein’s relationship with JPMorgan bank, and whether the bank’s ongoing relationship with Epstein enabled his abuse, are seeking to subpoena Elon Musk, he revealed on Monday.
The U.S. Virgin Islands legal team would like to request any documentation from Musk relating to Epstein and Epstein’s potential efforts to recruit Musk as a client of JPMorgan bank.
They requested similar documentation from Google co-founder Larry Page, who they say Epstein also sought to register as a JPMorgan client.
The US Virgin Islands is seeking unspecified damages from the largest US bank for Epstein’s alleged abuse of young girls and women at Little St. James, a private island he owned in the territory.
The subpoena was issued on Monday, with prosecutors saying they had tried and failed since April to serve Musk with the documents in person. Musk was in Paris on Monday to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.
Prosecutors are now seeking permission to use another means to subpoena him – either through his lawyers or by mail.
Elon Musk is seen in Paris on Monday, meeting French Finance Minister (right) Bruno Lemaire. Prosecutors in the US Virgin Islands have been trying to provide Musk with legal documents related to their investigation into the activities of Jeffrey Epstein since April. They want to know if Musk has ever been targeted by Epstein to be recruited as a JPMorgan client
They want to know if Epstein “may have referred or attempted to refer” Musk as a client of the bank.
“The government contacted Mr. Musk’s lawyer by email to ask if he would be permitted to accept service on behalf of Mr. Musk in this case, but has not received a response confirming or denying his authority,” the filing reads.
The Virgin Islands asked Judge Jed Rakoff to authorize the government to serve Musk with the subpoena through a so-called alternative service, which may include posting an advertisement warning him of the legality of the request for documents.
Epstein, 66, died in a Manhattan jail in August 2019, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. His accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced in June 2022.
The Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands, where he had a home on a private island, is overseeing the distribution of funds from a compensation program set up to help his dozens of victims.
Denise George has asked Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan, to testify about her bank’s dealings with Epstein, and sources familiar with the investigation have confirmed to CNN on this, Dimon will testify on May 26 and 27.
George is also looking for testimony from Larry Page, who co-founded Google.
Epstein reportedly sought to recruit Page as a client of JPMorgan.
Jamie Dimon (left) has agreed to testify about Epstein, while Larry Page (right) is wanted for questioning
Jeffrey Epstein died in August 2019 while awaiting trial. He was a JPMorgan client until 2013 – despite his 2008 guilty plea for sex with a minor
The assignment, obtained by The daily beast, also calls for a match between Page and Epstein, and Page and JPMorgan; documents showing fees paid by Page to Epstein or JPMorgan; and records regarding “Epstein’s involvement in human trafficking and/or his acquisition of girls or women for commercial gain.”
Earlier this month, George requested permission to subpoena Page by “alternative service” – usually by mail or via public notice – because they had spent the past month unsuccessfully trying to track him down and assign it in person. George said they had hired private investigators, but still couldn’t find him.
In 2021, the reclusive billionaire is said to have been living off-grid in Fiji; some reports said he had since moved to New Zealand.
Last month, Google Page co-founder Sergey Brin was subpoenaed by George, along with billionaires Mortimer Zuckerman and Thomas Pritzker.
Dimon has for several years faced questions about his bank’s dealings with Epstein.
Last month, a lawsuit filed in New York alleged that JPMorgan Chase executives were aware of numerous sexual abuse and trafficking allegations against Epstein, and had ignored them for years.
Epstein was investigated for his child sex abuse in 2005 by Miami prosecutors.
Epstein owned this private island in the US Virgin Islands. The territory’s attorney general seeks to unravel its financial web
In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to a felony charge of soliciting prostitution involving a minor and was sentenced to 18 months in prison; he served 13 years, in extremely lenient conditions.
JPMorgan did not sever ties with Epstein for five years, until 2013.
“JPMorgan’s relationship with Epstein in allowing his sex trafficking business to access large sums of money each year went well beyond a normal (and legal) banking relationship,” the filing said.
The complaint detailed internal warnings that the financier “should leave”, that there was “a lot of smoke”. Lots of questions,” and that anti-money laundering officials asked the bank to “terminate this relationship.”
The complaint added an additional count alleging that JPMorgan obstructed federal law enforcement and the prosecuting agencies prosecuting Epstein.
Dimon, who was asked last month if his bank should have cut Epstein off sooner, told CNN: “Hindsight is a fabulous gift.”