The US Virgin Islands (US V.I) Attorney General Denise George said the V.I Department of Justice has settled with the Jeffrey Epstein Estate for $105 million, the largest monetary settlement in the history of the Virgin Islands.
The settlement also includes co-defendants Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn and ten Epstein-created entities.
In addition to the $105 million in cash settlement the V.I will also receive half of the proceeds from the sale of Little St. James, the island on which Epstein resided and where many of his crimes occurred, the Department of Justice said.
The Estate has also agreed to pay $450,000 to remediate environmental damage around Great St. James, another island which Epstein owned where the government found that he had razed the remains of centuries-old historical structures of enslaved workers to make room for his development.
“This settlement restores the faith of the People of the Virgin Islands that its laws will be enforced, without fear or favor, against those who break them. We are sending a clear message that the Virgin Islands will not serve as a haven for human trafficking,” A.G. George stated.
The Virgin Islands alleged the co-defendants conspired with Epstein in carrying out an expansive criminal enterprise, the “Epstein Enterprise,” through which dozens of young women and children were trafficked, raped, sexually assaulted, and held captive in the Virgin Islands at Little St. James.
The participants used deception, fraud, and coercion to entice and lure vulnerable girls and young women into human sex trafficking with promises to help them and their families pay for school, health care, or other financial needs according to the Department of Justice.
On July 8, 2019 Epstein pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and faced a maximum prison sentence of 45 years if convicted
On August 10, that same year the U.S. Department of Justice says Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell from an apparent suicide at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.
Sources say alleged that Epstein had hanged himself.