Former Barclays boss Jes Staley has been ordered by the US Virgin Islands to hand over any files related to massages offered or given to him at the properties of the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Prosecutors have filed a subpoena – a legal demand – instructing Staley to disclose information on all his dealings with Epstein.
The document, seen by the MoS, asks the banker to hand over ‘all documents… related to massages offered to, sought by, or given to you at any Epstein property or by any female associated with Jeffrey Epstein’.
Probe: Jes Staley has previously insisted that he knows nothing about Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes
He must also surrender photographs, recordings and copies of all diary entries relating to any visits he made to Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.
Young women were routinely coerced by Epstein and his associates to perform sex acts in a massage room on his estate. Staley has previously insisted that he knows nothing about Epstein’s crimes.
In a fresh blow to Barclays, The Mail on Sunday can reveal the details of a separate subpoena calling on the bank to disclose all of the information it has on Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell, who was a customer at the bank until February this year. Maxwell is set to stand trial on sex abuse charges within weeks.
The interventions by the US Virgin Islands threaten to intensify the turmoil for Barclays after Staley stepped down as chief executive last week.
In a move that shocked the City, the bank said Staley had resigned to contest the findings from a probe by the City regulator. The Financial Conduct Authority has been investigating whether Staley and Barclays accurately described his relationship with Epstein when he became chief executive of the bank in 2015.
Staley was Epstein’s private banker between 2000 and 2013 at his previous employer JP Morgan. The FCA’s report has not been made public, but Barclays has said it does not show Staley was aware of Epstein’s crimes.
Separately, the US Virgin Islands is suing Epstein’s estate for damages to compensate the scores of women abused on the disgraced billionaire’s island.
The Mail on Sunday has seen full details of the two subpoenas submitted by the US Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George to courts in the US and in Britain.
George is asking Staley to hand over all of the information he acquired on Epstein’s estate between 1998 and October 2020, when the petition was first filed in the US.
Staley is also being told to submit details of all of his visits to the island and to hand over all documents he has relating to Epstein’s substantial investments and his tax affairs.
The subpoena also demands all photos and recordings relating to Staley’s visits to Epstein’s tropical property – which has been dubbed ‘Paedophile Island’.
The retreat played host to a string of powerful politicians, business executives and luminaries including Prince Andrew. Staley has admitted that he visited the Caribbean estate on a boat trip with his wife in 2015.
The US Virgin Islands also wants information regarding claims that Epstein lobbied for Staley to get the Barclays job.
Staley is being instructed to hand over any communications with Epstein about the ‘efforts or introductions’ the sex offender made in relation to Staley’s appointment as Barclays’ boss.
The Mail on Sunday revealed in 2015 that Epstein secretly backed Staley to lead Barclays. The board at the time said it had not been lobbied by Epstein.
In a separate subpoena to the bank – filed in the UK courts – Barclays is asked to disclose details of any attempts Epstein made to contact its bankers in regard to the decision to hire Staley.
The Barclays subpoena calls for the handing over of all documents relating to the bank’s own probe of Staley’s dealings with Epstein. Barclays hired lawyers to probe the relationship between the men when the FCA raised concerns.
Barclays has previously expressed fears that transactions made through Maxwell’s account may have put it in breach of the law or financial regulations.
Deutsche Bank has already been fined £120million for failing to properly monitor its relationship with Epstein.
Barclays did not count Epstein as a client, but Maxwell reportedly had an account with the bank until last February.
Barclays shut down the account while she was trying to fund the cost of her legal case. Banks have a duty to investigate customers suspected of dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Maxwell reportedly received $20 million (£15million) from Epstein, who is accused of amassing enormous wealth from a Ponzi scheme run by investment banker Steven Hoffenberg in the 1990s. It is not known where Maxwell deposited any funds received from Epstein.
Barclays is yet to hand over any of the information requested.
In its submission for information to a UK court in October, US Virgin Island prosecutors said: ‘The government has unsuccessfully attempted to obtain these financial documents by serving subpoenas on related entities based in the United States.
‘The government has also tried to obtain these financial documents by informally requesting them from Barclays Bank Plc, but Barclays Bank Plc refused to produce the documents.’
Staley last night declined to comment.
A spokeswoman for Barclays said: ‘Barclays will respond to that subpoena once it is served.’