Authorities allege mysterious financial dealings between Maxwell and Epstein

The two ran in the rarefied world of billionaire bankers and society figures, but it was unclear how either came to have the means to support such a lifestyle.

Epstein billed himself as a money manager to billionaires, but it was not apparent that he had any clients besides Leslie Wexner, the founder and chairman of Victoria’s Secret parent company L Brands, who took the unusual step of granting Epstein power of attorney and who later accused him of having “misappropriated vast sums” from Wexner and his family. Maxwell has said in court papers that Epstein pledged to “always support” her financially.

On Thursday, after charging Maxwell with recruiting, grooming and sexually abusing underage girls as young as 14 as part of Epstein’s alleged yearslong criminal enterprise, federal prosecutors disclosed that for a five-year period beginning in 2007, Maxwell and Epstein exchanged more than $20 million dollars between their bank accounts, with the sums going first from Epstein to Maxwell, and then back to Epstein.