By Matt Bruce
From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA—Deceased millionaire Jeffrey Epstein became infamous for an alleged pedophilia ringing enabled by his fleet of backstage planes.
Just weeks earlier helium was arrested for enactment trafficking underage girls successful 2019, helium sent 1 of his luxury jets to Georgia.
The tycoon showed disconnected his Gulfstream G-IV to Thomas Huff, a Cobb County aviator funny successful buying JEGE, Epstein’s charter pitchy company.
Huff liked the luxury plane, the company’s flagship, and Epstein sold him controlling involvement successful JEGE successful June 2019.
But according to a precocious filed lawsuit, Epstein ne'er disclosed that the institution could beryllium undermined by his intersexual misdeeds. Huff is present suing the precocious hedge money magnate’s property successful national court. He’s being represented by Kennesaw lawyer Jeff Banks.
The suit claims JEGE is inactive haunted by the “stigma of Jeffrey Epstein” and the company’s assets plummeted much than $1.5 cardinal instantly aft Epstein’s alleged underage enactment ringing made front-page headlines.
Less than a period aft selling the concern to Huff, national investigators raided Epstein’s Manhattan mansion and arrested the financier connected allegations that helium preyed connected dozens of girls arsenic young arsenic 14.
According to his indictment, Epstein gave the underage girls wealth to person enactment with him astatine his New York City mansion and Palm Beach, Florida, property from 2002 to 2005. Investigators contend helium paid respective of his victims to enlistee much girls and “worked with respective employees and associates to guarantee that helium had a dependable proviso of insignificant victims to abuse.”
Epstein died from an evident termination Aug. 10, 2019, portion awaiting proceedings wrong a national jailhouse compartment successful Manhattan. He was 66.
Huff’s complaint, filed Oct. 20 successful a U.S. District Court successful Atlanta, alleges a “breach of fiduciary duty,” claiming Epstein failed to disclose the “egregious and atrocious crimes against children” helium committed portion helium ran JEGE. The company’s estimation was ruined from the fallout of Epstein’s “massive transgression endeavor involving rape, enactment trafficking, intersexual abuse, carnal assault, blackmail, intimidation, fraud and deceit,” the suit goes connected the allege.
The civilian filing lists Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn, co-executors of Epstein’s estate, arsenic defendants. Indyke was Epstein’s longtime lawyer and Kahn was his accountant. The 2 person been described successful media reports arsenic “indispensable captains” of Epstein’s enactment trafficking operation, allegations they person some denied.
JEGE, present based successful Powder Springs, Georgia, offers traveling VIPs fractional ownership and charter flights connected a Gulfstream G-IV luxury jet. For years, the institution was headquartered successful the Virgin Islands with Epstein arsenic its managing spouse and sole member.
When helium brokered the woody with Huff, Epstein was already a enactment offender, convicted of kid prostitution successful Florida successful 2008. But Huff successful his suit said galore of the allegations against Epstein that surfaced subsequently weren’t nationalist astatine the time.
JEGE chartered galore well-known nationalist figures, according to the lawsuit, which didn’t database immoderate of its customers by name.
Epstein’s estate, reportedly worthy much than $600 cardinal erstwhile helium died, included a luxury fleet of 3 backstage jets. The Gulfstream G-IV was among the planes that reportedly transported immoderate of the world’s richest and astir almighty passengers.
Another of Epstein’s aircraft, a 1969 Boeing 727, was notoriously nicknamed the “Lolita Express.” It reportedly flew underage girls to Epstein’s backstage agelong of the Virgin Islands. The Boeing plane, however, is owned by a Delaware company.
Huff, a erstwhile Navy trial pilot, was successful 2012 named the archetypal aviation information serviceman for Gulfstream Aerospace, the Savannah-based corp that manufactures the G-IV.
JEGE had much than $3.5 cardinal successful assets erstwhile Huff purchased it, according to his complaint. Its worth rapidly depreciated much than $1.5 cardinal aft Epstein’s 2019 arrest.
Company officials can’t adjacent get financing “because of the stigma of Jeffrey Epstein’s victimization of children attached to JEGE,” the suit claims.
Huff said helium contacted Epstein’s attorneys to terminate the acquisition contract. Epstein rejected it, according to the lawsuit.
Huff, who argued helium would not person bought JEGE if helium knew astir Epstein’s acts, is present seeking compensatory damages from the precocious financier’s property for the nonaccomplishment of value.
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