U.S. Virgin Islands ask Barclays to hand over Staley’s ties to Epstein
Barclays Bank has received a legal request from the US Virgin Islands to hand over all correspondence between its former managing director Jes Staley and the late Jeffrey Epstein.
The letter was filed at 5:44 p.m. on October 12 and served on Barclays by Carol Thomas-Jacobs, the Assistant Attorney General of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).
Staley, 64, resigned from the bank following an investigation by city regulators into how he described his relationship with Epstein, a disgraced financier and convicted sex offender.
The U.S. Virgin Islands are demanding Barclays hand over all correspondence between its former chief executive Jes Staley (pictured) and the late Jeffrey Epstein.
The bank said the investigation did not find Staley saw or knew about any of Epstein’s crimes.
As he resigned Monday, Staley pledged to challenge the regulator’s findings. Barclays denied that the USVI’s legal letter influenced his decision to quit.
Links: Jeffery Epstein, disgraced financier and convicted sex offender (pictured)
But as a source familiar with the situation said: “Upon meeting with the report from the regulators, Barclays and Staley realized the game was over.”
Prior to joining Barclays, Staley and his wife visited Epstein on Little Saint James, his private Caribbean retreat in the USVI known locally as “The Island of Sin.”
The authorities of the territory want to regain possession of the island and return its victims.
But last month’s letter was the second time the bank has received an order from the USVI to turn over documents related to Epstein.
In February, its New York division received a subpoena from USVI courts to reveal transactions, correspondence and investments in accounts linked to Epstein.
A spokesperson for the bank said the US arm of the lender has already provided its response to the summons and complied with its obligations.
He added that the USVI is serving a similar summons to the bank in the UK and that it “will respond to that summons once it is served.”
‘Island of Sin’: Before joining Barclays, Staley and his wife visited Epstein on Little Saint James (pictured), his private Caribbean retreat
The 14-page legal request, seen by the Daily Mail, demands that Barclays’ UK arm turn over any documents, emails, information, videos and images that may have been shared between Staley and Epstein.
That would include information uncovered in the bank’s investigation into the nature of Staley and Epstein’s relationship, and documents it may have passed on to town watchdogs.
In addition, the court wants to see documents about the hiring of Staley by Barclays, where he took over in late 2016.
At the time, there were allegations that Epstein pressured him to get the job – allegations Barclays denied.
There were also suggestions that he lobbied on Staley’s behalf for the job in 2012, when the bank appointed Antony Jenkins.
The USVI court gave Barclays 30 days from the filing date to respond.
Thomas-Jacobs is asking that the documents be used in civil proceedings between the USVI government and the defendants, Epstein’s estate.
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