According to multiple reports, the U.S. Virgin Islands is unable to locate Google co-founder Larry Page to serve him a subpoena in the lawsuit claiming JPMorgan Chase enabled Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes.
The Virgin Islands requested Manhattan federal court Judge Jed Rakoff to serve Page the subpoena through alternative means since their efforts to give it to him physically have been unsuccessful.
Lawyers for the Virgin Islands reportedly claimed Epstein may have referred or attempted to refer Page to JPMorgan Chase.
The subpoena to Page demands “all documents” from 2002 onward related to communication between Page and JPMorgan regarding Epstein, and all documents between Page and Epstein related to the bank.
The USVI also demands from Page “all documents reflecting or regarding Epstein’s involvement in human trafficking and/or his procurement of girls or women for commercial sex.”
CNBC has reached out to Page for comment.
The U.S. territory previously issued subpoenas to Page’s fellow Google co-founder Sergey Brin, as well as former Disney executive Michael Ovitz, Hyatt Hotels executive chairman Thomas Pritzker and Mort Zuckerman, the billionaire real estate investor. The subpoenas likewise sought documents and other information about Epstein and JPMorgan.
However, it appears attempts to find Page remain unsuccessful.
Fox Business reported:
The Virgin Islands said it can’t locate Page despite “good-faith attempts,” which included “hiring an investigative firm to search public records databases.”
The government tried to serve Page with a subpoena for documents at an address identified by an investigator, but it wasn’t valid, the filing says.
As an alternative, the Virgin Islands has asked Judge Jed Rakoff to let it serve Alphabet Inc. as a substitute for directly serving the tech titan.
Page reportedly owns two of the Virgin Islands, Hans Lollik and Little Hans Lollik – two of the four private islands the software tycoon has purchased since cashing in on Google. Epstein’s own private island, Little Saint James, which the pedophile bought in 1998, was purchased on Wednesday by investment manager Stephen Deckoff for $60 million.
The Virgin Islands’ suit accuses JPMorgan of having “turned a blind eye to evidence of human trafficking over more than a decade because of Epstein’s own financial footprint and because of the deals and clients that Epstein brought and promised to bring to the bank” – presumably including Page. Sergey Brin, Page’s Google co-founder, was also issued a subpoena, as were Hyatt Hotels chairman Thomas Pritzker and media mogul Mort Zuckerman.
JPMorgan has denied knowledge of Epstein’s unsavory activities and has filed to have the lawsuit dismissed as “legally meritless” and a “masterclass in deflection.” The bank has blamed its former head of asset management, Jes Staley, for protecting his predator client even as numerous compliance and risk management employees complained about the liability he posed. JPMorgan sued Staley in March to recoup whatever losses the bank is adjudicated in the Virgin Islands suit, as well as a second lawsuit by a group of Epstein’s victims.
via WLT Report