As Deutsche Bank officials this year scrambled to extricate themselves from a yearslong relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier charged this month with sex trafficking, they uncovered suspicious transactions in which Mr. Epstein had moved money out of the United States.
Deutsche Bank reported the transactions to a federal agency in charge of policing financial crimes, according to three people familiar with the bank’s internal processes. The report came as the bank started looking for signs that Mr. Epstein was using his financial resources for the purposes of sex trafficking.
Mr. Epstein, who has been accused of operating a sex-trafficking ring involving dozens of victims, some as young as 14, is being held in a Manhattan jail cell after federal prosecutors argued he was a flight risk, citing his vast financial resources. He has a byzantine network of businesses and personal holdings, which include real estate, an island and private planes valued at more than $500 million. Mr. Epstein’s lawyer, Reid Weingarten, did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday afternoon.
Deutsche Bank has been contacted by prosecutors and other government authorities investigating Mr. Epstein. Joerg Eigendorf, a Deutsche Bank spokesman, said the bank was “absolutely committed to cooperating with all relevant authorities.”
Deutsche Bank executives are still trying to understand the depth and scope of the bank’s relationship with Mr. Epstein, who has been a client of its private-banking division since at least 2013 — years after his conduct became public in a prostitution case involving a teenage girl. Mr. Epstein struck a lenient plea deal that included a non-prosecution agreement from federal authorities, and the case has been held up as a glaring example of how the wealthy and well-connected can evade consequences.
At least one bank dropped Mr. Epstein as a client in the years after his guilty plea. But it wasn’t until late last year, after The Miami Herald published an investigation into the earlier sexual abuse allegations, that Deutsche Bank decided to sever ties with him. The process proved more complicated and time-consuming than executives had initially anticipated because Deutsche Bank’s private-banking division had opened several dozen accounts for Mr. Epstein and his businesses.
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Jeffrey Epstein and A Theory We Have Been Running:
Epstein was an Asset of the US Government, His Retreat a Stomping Ground for Diplomats and Wealthy and His Acosta-Negotiated Deal a Reward and… A Prisoner’s Dilemma
The following is the full text of an article published by Matthew Taylor on 10 December 2018. We have not obtained permissions from the World Socialist Website www.wsws.org, or from Matthew Taylor, the author of the article; so we state in no uncertain terms that this is not intended to act as an endorsement by LM for WSW nor is it intended to allege that they have endorsed this site.
In his article Taylor speaks of fundamental truths of the US justice system: there is one set of laws for the wealthy and a wholly different set for everyone else. We do not think he is wrong. His entire hypothesis is correct.
The US is a class system, the wealthy live by a wholly different set of rules, standards and judicial systems. Judges can be paid. Ethics, justice, humanity and fundamental fairness be damned when wealth is involved. Lawyers need not know how to navigate the law when they have money to play with and a judicial system for hire. We saw it with Platinum Partners (on a financial crimes basis), we will see it with Weinstein (another sexual predator) and we are seeing it with Epstein.
Where Taylor falters, however, in our hypothesis is that we maintain there are intervening circumstances in the Epstein case. We don’t believe that he was just a “wealthy person” absent some unique talents and gifts. We do not necessarily attribute his wealth to his great escape from prosecution, at least not exclusively. Epstein, we contend, was a government asset. He is a science nut, a brilliant saboteur, extremely savvy and knows how to manipulate people and situations. He became very valuable, in our analysis, to the US government and with that came the enormity of his wealth, one begetting another.
Epstein’s Lolita Express was a person’s greatest fantasy and the island destination a place to entice negotiations. It is no coincidence that he owned a townhouse that once belonged the US State Department and it is no mere numbers game that the tail numbers of his planes were associated with the tail numbers of US government planes (or so we are told). The same Florida not-for-profit (for-profit) non-existent Florida Science Foundation entity paid for his legal fees and was financed by some of Wall Street’s finest and that, too, is not a game of chance.
A federal judge on Thursday denied bail for Jeffrey Epstein, the financier facing sex-trafficking charges, rejecting his request to await trial under home detention at his Upper East Side mansion.
The judge, Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court in Manhattan, said Mr. Epstein, who owns property in Paris and has a private plane, would be detained in jail until his trial on charges that he sexually abused and trafficked dozens of underage girls in the early 2000s.
Judge Berman emphasized Mr. Epstein’s danger to others, particularly his accusers and “prospective victims as well.” The judge cited what he called “compelling testimony” by two of the accusers — Annie Farmer and Courtney Wild — who said at a hearing on Monday that they feared for their safety and the safety of others if Mr. Epstein were to be released.
Mr. Epstein’s lawyers had proposed allowing him to post a substantial bond and remain in his mansion guarded around the clock by private security guards, whom he would pay. Prosecutors vigorously opposed that proposal, saying he was seeking “special treatment” and trying to build his own private jail — a “gilded cage.”
Judge Berman said that Mr. Epstein’s proposed bail package was “irretrievably inadequate,” and that he would not entertain any other bail proposals from the financier’s legal team.
“I doubt that any bail package can overcome danger to the community,” the judge said.Jeffrey EpsteinCreditReuters
Prosecutors had also argued that Mr. Epstein’s fortune, said to be more than $500 million, would make it possible for him to flee the country if he were not detained.
The judge agreed, pointing to Mr. Epstein’s “great wealth and his vast resources,” including private planes and a residence in Paris.
Ever since his July 6 arrest at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey after a flight from Paris, Mr. Epstein, 66, has been detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a highly secure jail in Manhattan that has housed accused terrorists, mobsters and even the Mexican cartel leader known as El Chapo.
A federal indictment charged that between 2002 and 2005, Mr. Epstein and his employees paid dozens of underage girls to engage in sex acts with him at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Fla.
The indictment also accused Mr. Epstein of using some of his victims to recruit additional girls for him to abuse. He paid his “victim-recruiters” hundreds of dollars for each girl they brought to him, prosecutors said.
He has pleaded not guilty and has vowed to fight the charges, his lawyers said. If convicted, he faces up to 45 years in prison.
In 2008, Mr. Epstein pleaded guilty to two state prostitution charges in Florida as part of a secret, lenient deal he negotiated with the United States attorney in Miami to avoid federal prosecution. He served 13 months in jail.Jeffrey Epstein Was a Sex Offender. The Powerful Welcomed Him Anyway.
In seeking Mr. Epstein’s detention, prosecutors also sharply disputed his lawyers’ argument that for more than a decade he had lived a law-abiding life. They noted, for example, that he had tried to influence possible witnesses against him as recently as last year.
The prosecutors said Mr. Epstein had wired $350,000 to two people close to him who were potential witnesses just days after The Miami Herald revealed details last November about his deal to avoid federal prosecution in Florida.
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EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein’s personal pilot poses in one of the $80M fleet of planes pedophile used to seduce underage girls as never-before-seen photos of the updated interior of Lolita Express jet are revealed
Jeffrey Epstein’s chief pilot Larry Visoski has flown the billionaire around the world for the past 20 years
Visoski flew Epstein’s infamous Lolita Express, which has carried President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker and Naomi Campbell
The 59-year-old – nicknamed Capt Big Dawg on his Instagram page – isn’t afraid of showing off his boss’ aircraft fleet – worth $80M
In one shot from July 2014, Visoski shows the Lolita Express taking off from Seattle
DailyMailTV can reveal a series of new photos taken of the upgraded jet’s interior – as it’s alleged Epstein used the plane to shuttle underage girls between his homes
The luxury aircraft, which was built in 1969, has been modernized around 2014 and now has a circular shaped lounge with comfy chairs and a spacious bedroom
The luxury commercial jet has once again come into prominence following the arrest of Epstein on two charges of child sex trafficking
Visoski has not been accused of any role in Epstein’s crimes.
Posing with his employer’s $80 million fleet of aircraft, this is Jeffrey Epstein’s long-time personal pilot and the man many believe could hold the key to the billionaire’s sordid lifestyle.
Chief pilot Larry Visoski runs Epstein’s fleet of private jets and helicopters and has flown the hedge fund mogul around the world for 20 years.
Notably Visoski flew Epstein’s larger 727 jet – the infamous Lolita Express – which carried prominent passengers including President Bill Clinton, British royal Prince Andrew as well as Hollywood stars Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker and supermodel Naomi Campbell.
And the 59-year-old pilot – nicknamed Capt Big Dawg on his Instagram page – isn’t shy about showing off his billionaire boss’ expensive toys on his personal social media page.
In one shot, taken in July 2014, he shows the Lolita Express taking off for Seattle.
This comes as DailyMailTV can reveal a series of new photos taken of the upgraded interior of the 50-year-old 727 jetliner.
Posing with his employer’s $80 million fleet of aircraft, this is Jeffrey Epstein’s long-time personal pilot Larry Visoski and the man many believe could hold the key to the billionaire’s sordid lifestyle. The 59-year-old pilot has worked for the wealthy pedophile billionaire for 20 years
The pilot – nicknamed Capt Big Dawg on his Instagram page – isn’t afraid of showing off his billionaire boss’ expensive toys on his personal social media page, posting this photo posed up in front of Epstein’s Bell 430 executive helicopter, which are sold for $6m new
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Jeffrey Epstein paid Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office $128,000 during incarceration for prostitution charges
Jeffrey Epstein paid PBSO from his ‘non-profit’, Florida Science Foundation
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A recently released financial record shows a money trail between convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office.
The record, released to Contact 5 through a records request, shows Epstein’s company, Florida Science Foundation paid PBSO $128,136 during his incarceration between 2008 and 2009.
Epstein pleaded guilty to lesser state charges in 2008, including solicitation of a minor. The guilty plea was part of the secret non-prosecution agreement which kept Epstein out of federal prison on numerous accusations that the part-time Palm Beacher allegedly ran a sex-trafficking ring out of his Palm Beach mansion.
The agreement also kept Epstein out of prison, and instead, allowed him to serve his sentence out at the local county jail, run by PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.
While there, the convicted sex offender was granted work-release benefits, and allowed to leave his cell six days a week, 12 hours a day to work at his Florida Science Foundation, located in a high-rise off Australian Ave. in West Palm Beach.
That foundation appears to be the same Epstein foundation which paid PBSO nearly $130,000 between October 2008 and May 2009. It’s unclear if Epstein wrote off the payments, as financial records for the so-called non-profit were not immediately available.
However, the Florida Science Foundation played another role in the Epstein saga. Once Epstein received probation, a Palm Beach County judge allowed him to serve out his community service requirements “at his own non-profit, the Florida Science Foundation,” according to former WPTV reports.
Records which show exactly how PBSO spent the nearly $130,000 or why Epstein paid them in the first place were not immediately available.
Contact 5 has requested receipts from PBSO and are waiting on a response.
Meanwhile, a Fort Lauderdale attorney claims “more than one woman” was propositioned by Epstein at his Florida Science Foundation office, while visiting him during work release hours.
“He was not sitting there conducting some scientific research for the betterment of the community,” attorney Brad Edwards told reporters at a press conference in New York City on Tuesday. “[The women] believed that they were going there for something other than a sexual purpose, and while there, surprisingly to them, the situation turned sexual.”
Edwards says the women were between the ages of 18 and 20 at the time. He currently represents other victims involved in the South Florida investigation which resulted in the secret, non-prosecution agreement.
Contact 5 asked PBSO why a convicted sex offender like Epstein was given work release benefits. Spokeswoman Teri Barbera wrote in an email, “Sex offenders are not allowed to go on work release. Epstein registered as a sex offender after he was released from jail.”
While Epstein did not register as a sex offender until 2009, he was a convicted sex-offender at the time of his sentencing. Barbera did not respond to follow-up questions about the matter.
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