Why was Jeffrey Epstein visited by a JPMorgan Chase exec while serving time in Florida?

After Alex Acosta helped Jeffrey Epstein get off the hook in Florida for "soliciting prostitution from a minor," Epstein is reported to have received a number of odd visits while in detention — from young women and from powerful men.

One of the men was "James E. Staley, a top JPMorgan Chase executive and one of the highest-ranking figures on Wall Street," reports the New York Times.

Why was a JPMorgan Chase exec visiting Jeffrey Epstein?

Apparently, to ensure that a pipeline of high-value clients kept flowing from the convicted sex predator and accused serial child sexual abuser to JPMorgan Chase.

Kate Kelly, Matthew Goldstein, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and James B. Stewart reporting for the New York Times:

Mr. Staley had good reason to maintain his relationship with Mr. Epstein, who received him at his Palm Beach office, where he had been permitted to serve some of his 13-month sentence in 2008 and 2009. Over the years, Mr. Epstein had funneled dozens of wealthy clients to Mr. Staley and his bank.

Mr. Epstein, who was charged this month with sex trafficking of teenage girls, liked to portray himself as a financial wizard, someone whose business and investing acumen made him indispensable to corporate executives and other leaders. But there is little evidence to support that notion. The financial services that Mr. Epstein dispensed appear to have been mostly pedestrian, and his list of clients small.

Mr. Epstein nonetheless managed to affix himself to a handful of prominent Wall Street veterans, including Mr. Staley, who is now chief executive of the British bank Barclays.

Mr. Epstein provided personal tax services to Leon D. Black, whose Apollo Global Management is one of the world's largest private-equity firms. He discussed a major investment idea with and entrusted millions of dollars to Glenn Dubin, who ran the hedge fund Highbridge Capital Management. And, with Mr. Staley, he laid some of the early groundwork for JPMorgan to make a major acquisition — one that would vault Mr. Staley's career to a higher plane.

JPMorgan declined to comment to the Times on any aspect of their 15-year relationship with Epstein.

Read the rest: 'Jeffrey Epstein's Deep Ties to Top Wall Street Figures' [nytimes.com]