Deutsche Bank hit with $150 million penalty for dealings with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein

New York state financial regulators said Tuesday they have slapped Deutsche Bank with a $150 million penalty in relationship to the bank’s dealings with the late Jeffrey Epstein, the accused child sex trafficker and investor.

The state’s superintendent of financial services Linda Lacewell said Deutsche Bank AG, its New York branch, and Deutsche Bank Trust Company America agreed to the penalties as part of a consent order with the New York State Department of Financial Services “for significant compliance failures in connection with the Bank’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and correspondent banking relationships with Danske Bank Estonia and FBME Bank.”

The state said it was the first enforcement action by a regulator against a financial institution for dealings with Epstein.

Epstein, 66, died last August in a federal jail in Manhattan from what authorities ruled was a suicide by hanging after being denied bail in his criminal case.

Last week, Epstein’s alleged procurer and former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested on federal charges while holed up at a $1 million getaway in New Hampshire. Maxwell, 58, was later transported by authorities to New York City. Her first court appearance in Manhattan federal court is set for July 14.