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Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers deeply involved in his business dealings for decades, documents show – Yahoo Finance

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Dead men tell no tales, but their friends and business associates might.

handing over documents to the authorities claiming Epstein misappropriated funds.’ data-reactid=”17″>One of those in the 66-year-old’s inner circle, L Brands CEO Les Wexner — whose vast wealth Epstein managed — has reportedly been handing over documents to the authorities claiming Epstein misappropriated funds.

according to The New York Times.” data-reactid=”18″>Meanwhile, Epstein’s longtime corporate attorneys, Darren Indyke and Jeffrey Schantz, have hired criminal defense attorneys, according to The New York Times.

A Yahoo Finance investigation reveals Indyke’s and Schantz’s deep involvement in Epstein’s business transactions and their personal relationships with the disgraced financier. Our findings suggest that Epstein was by far the lawyers’ biggest client. In fact, we were unable to find records of their work with any clients other than Epstein or his associates. Indyke’s signature in particular spans across numerous filings involving Eptein’s foundations, trusts, entities, and business dealings.

In Darren Keith Indyke’s 1982 senior yearbook, he wrote that in the year 2002 he would be “‘performing’ [his] first case for the Supreme Court quoting Al Pacino.” Instead, Indyke, who went on to graduate from Cornell Law School, was filing paperwork for Epstein.

Indyke, a 54-year-old Long Island native, has been by Epstein’s side since at least 1995, according to public records. Indkye’s name appears on charitable filings, real estate records, trademark filings, and other business matters related to Epstein and his inner circle.

according to jail logs.’ data-reactid=”64″>The day Epstein went to jail in July 2008, Indyke himself was there to visit — he visited his client at least 38 times over the 13-month period, according to jail logs.

The documents that bear Indyke’s and Epstein’s names speak to where the latter hoped to exert or build his influence and how Indyke helped Epstein do so.

Indyke has been involved with virtually all of Epstein’s business dealings in the last two decades — his name appears as the treasurer and vice president of Epstein’s three most prominent nonprofits: The C.O.U.Q. Foundation, Gratitude America Ltd., and the J. Epstein Virgin Islands Foundation, also sometimes known as Enhanced Education. The latter two charitable giving organizations are registered in the U.S. Virgin Islands, while the C.O.U.Q. Foundation, defunct since 2012, was based in New York State.

foundations’ giving records show donations to colleges, research foundations, and arts organizations. Other beneficiaries include the Clinton Foundation, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and the Edge Foundation, an educational research organization that recently scrubbed Epstein from its website.” data-reactid=”92″>The foundations’ giving records show donations to colleges, research foundations, and arts organizations. Other beneficiaries include the Clinton Foundation, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and the Edge Foundation, an educational research organization that recently scrubbed Epstein from its website.

foundation was meeting state registration requirements. It’s not clear whether anything came of the inquiry, and Schneiderman himself resigned in 2018 following claims that he’d assaulted several women.’ data-reactid=”94″>In March 2015, then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Charities Bureau was reportedly looking into whether Epstein’s foundation was meeting state registration requirements. It’s not clear whether anything came of the inquiry, and Schneiderman himself resigned in 2018 following claims that he’d assaulted several women.

As Epstein’s life began to unravel a decade ago, Indyke remained by his side.

As part of a controversially lenient non-prosecution agreement he signed with the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Florida in September 2007, he also agreed to a 30-month sentence, including 18 months of jail time and 12 months of community control. In exchange, the U.S. attorney’s office did not pursue federal charges.

Epstein only served 13 months in the Palm Beach County Stockade, where he occupied a private wing and had liberal work-release privileges of 12 hours per day, six days per week.

Indyke’s signature appears on the work release program agreement as Epstein’s employer, according to the document reviewed by Yahoo Finance. Further requests for documents, including the required letter of employment specified as part of the work release agreement, were denied because of an active criminal investigation.

For his work-release, Epstein worked at The Florida Science Foundation, his not-for-profit that said it aimed to “to finance scientific research on academic, organizational and individual levels,” according to the organization’s articles of incorporation. Records show that Indyke registered The Florida Science Foundation in November 2007, just after he signed the non-prosecution agreement.

according to WPTV 5, citing public records. Yahoo Finance’s request for those documents was unsuccessful. A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office said they were part of an “active and ongoing criminal [and] internal investigation.”” data-reactid=”102″>Epstein paid the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office $128,000 between 2008 and 2009 through The Florida Science Foundation, according to WPTV 5, citing public records. Yahoo Finance’s request for those documents was unsuccessful. A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office said they were part of an “active and ongoing criminal [and] internal investigation.”

Alan Dershowitz discusses allegations of sex with an underage girl levelled against him on January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

New York Times reports that the townhouse was bought for $4.95 million by an anonymous limited liability company — 116 East 65th Street, LLC — that shared an address with J. Epstein & Co.’ data-reactid=”170″>Separately, Indyke also helped Maxwell buy a 7,000-square-foot townhouse at 116 East 65th street in 2000, according to New York City property records. The New York Times reports that the townhouse was bought for $4.95 million by an anonymous limited liability company — 116 East 65th Street, LLC — that shared an address with J. Epstein & Co.

1998 SEC filing. In 2008, Abigail Wexner, the billionaire’s wife, also gave Indyke power of attorney over 15 Central Park West, according to New York real estate records.’ data-reactid=”172″>The lawyer’s relationship also extended to Wexner. Indyke was listed as the secretary for The Wexner Foundation in a 1998 SEC filing. In 2008, Abigail Wexner, the billionaire’s wife, also gave Indyke power of attorney over 15 Central Park West, according to New York real estate records.

Epstein paid for a full-time nanny for Groff so she could work for him after she had a baby. “There is no way that I could lose Lesley to motherhood,” Epstein said at the time.’ data-reactid=”175″>Incidentally, a 2005 article in The New York Times about “top bosses” on Wall Street reported that Epstein paid for a full-time nanny for Groff so she could work for him after she had a baby. “There is no way that I could lose Lesley to motherhood,” Epstein said at the time.

Groff’s attorney, Michael Bachner, has issued the following statement:

“Lesley Groff worked as an executive assistant in Jeffrey Epstein’s business office, along with attorneys and other executives. Ms. Groff never knowingly booked travel for anyone under the age of 18, and had no knowledge of the alleged illegal activity whatsoever. She is shocked and deeply distraught by the accusations and revelations concerning her former employer.”

Lawyer Jeffrey A. Schantz, a 62-year-old Fordham University Law School graduate, does not appear to have been as intimately involved in Epstein’s business practices as Indyke: Public records show that Schantz also worked for Epstein since 1995, but his name is on significantly fewer of Epstein’s companies’ regulatory filings.

Pizza Connection — a case involving a massive 1980s heroin bust in New York— and a heroin dealers in “the French Connection” trials.’ data-reactid=”188″>Later that year in October, Schantz wrote to Fisher, the subletter of the property, asking for payment, court records show. Fisher was a prominent criminal defense attorney who represented clients in the Pizza Connection — a case involving a massive 1980s heroin bust in New York— and a heroin dealers in “the French Connection” trials.

During Schantz’s deposition, he said he had worked with Epstein since May of 1995 and that Epstein was a client of Gold & Wachtel — the firm that Indyke also worked for, according to public records. He clarified that Gold & Wachtel’s work for Epstein involved corporate work and real estate matters, both residential and commercial.

The lawsuit suggests that Epstein was connected to James Baker III, who was secretary of state from 1989 to 1992 during the George H.W. Bush administration. At one point, according to court records, Schantz was asked, “Do you know how Mr. Epstein came to know Secretary of State James Baker?” to which he responded “No.”

In Ivan Fisher’s deposition in November 1997, he also noted that “Mr. Schantz did all the talking for Mr. Epstein.”

In 2002, Citibank sued Epstein and his company, the Financial Trust Company (FTC), claiming they defaulted on a $20 million loan. Citibank claims in its suit that it pitched Epstein two $10 million investment opportunities, and that he agreed to invest the money as long as the bank loaned him the amount.

statement shortly after Epstein’s death confirming the investigation will continue.’ data-reactid=”199″>The reports that Indyke and Schantz have hired criminal defense attorneys suggest that they are well aware that, while Epstein is dead, prosecutions against his associates may not be over. Indeed, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman issued a statement shortly after Epstein’s death confirming the investigation will continue.

“To those brave young women who have already come forward and to the many others who have yet to do so,” the statement said, “let me reiterate that we remain committed to standing for you, and our investigation of the conduct charged in the Indictment — which included a conspiracy count — remains ongoing.”

Calder McHugh is an associate editor at Yahoo Finance. calder.mchugh@verizonmedia.com‘ data-reactid=”203″>Calder McHugh is an associate editor at Yahoo Finance. calder.mchugh@verizonmedia.com

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