JPMorgan Chase & Co on Tuesday sought to shift blame for failing to snuff out sex crimes committed by the late Jeffrey Epstein, accusing the U.S. Virgin Islands of harboring and shielding the disgraced financier as he abused young women and girls over two decades.

The largest U.S. bank made the accusation in a heavily redacted filing in Manhattan federal court, where the U.S. Virgin Islands is suing to hold it liable for providing banking services to Epstein from 1998 to 2013.

JPMorgan said Epstein had a “quid pro quo” relationship with the U.S. Virgin Islands’ highest-ranking officials, bestowing money and favors in exchange for millions of dollars of tax incentives and looking the other way at his crimes.

Epstein, a registered sex offender, allegedly abused women and girls on a private island he owned within the territory, and bought a second island nearby to keep people from spying on him.