An “odd” phrase buried in Jeffrey Epstein’s will is drawing new scrutiny after the millionaire pedophile died by suicide just two days after signing the document.
The line directs Epstein’s executors to spare no portion of his $577 million fortune to “remedy” any of his failures to comply with environmental laws.
The executors should do this “even to the exhaustion of all of the assets of my estate,” the line states.
The paragraph doesn’t mention Epstein’s sprawling estate on his twin islands off the coast of St. Thomas by name, but he previously paid hefty fees for illegal construction there and made various payments “over and above” the penalties imposed by government officials, the Virgin Islands Daily News reported Wednesday.
Local officials allegedly issued another violation Dec. 21 in the form of a stop-work order for unpermitted construction on his $22 million private island known as Great St. James. That investigation remains ongoing, a spokesman with the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources told the newspaper.
Inspectors with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also conducted a site visit on Great St. James on July 18, the newspaper reported.
The local paper said the wording of Epstein’s will could signal that “significant penalties” may be on the horizon for projects without permits that Epstein began before his death.
A New York-based estate lawyer said he also had a theory about the unusual wording.