Jeffrey Epstein once bought Caribbean islands and private jets with the flick of a pen. Now lawyers for his $600 million estate say checks are starting to bounce, the Miami Herald reports. On Thursday, they told the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands that liens placed by a local attorney general make it impossible for them to pay employees and basic bills at estate residences in New York, New Mexico, and Florida. "The harm caused by the Government's Lien-imposed freeze on the Estate’s account at FirstBank is no longer theoretical—it is now immediate and real," they write. The lawyers, who represent estate co-executors Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn, add that worker health-insurance checks are bouncing and properties may be forced to turn the lights out.
They also say they "can no longer pay for the defense of the twenty-two lawsuits pending against the Estate arising from claims of sexual abuse by Mr. Epstein." Said liens were imposed by Attorney General Denise George in a civil enforcement action that names Kahn and Indyke as co-conspirators in Epstein's sex crimes against minors. Her goal, she says, is to ensure the lawyers don't drain a compensation fund before victims in the Virgin Islands—some who were as young as 12—get their share. George says she also hopes to get back two local islands held by Epstein shell companies. What's more, she tells Vanity Fair the estate must release former employees from NDAs so they can cooperate with law enforcement. "They have to be allowed to speak up," she says. (Read more Jeffrey Epstein stories.)