“There may be a completely innocent explanation, but it is certainly a sinister data point,” Duncan Levin, a former Brooklyn federal prosecutor, told Maxwell and Epstein of the cash transactions to CNN.
Maxwell was arrested Thursday for recruiting and treating underage girls whom she and Epstein allegedly abused. The arrest follows an investigation of several months which led the federal authorities to go to a chalet in the woods of New Hampshire where Maxwell had hidden.
Maxwell is said to have owned a labyrinth of 15 bank accounts, which at one time were valued at more than $ 20 million, the investigators found, describing the financial situation of the British socialite as “opaque and undetermined,” reported the New York Times. .
The source of Epstein’s wealth has long been a mystery. He claimed to manage the money of his billionaire friends, but has only one known client – the founder of Victoria’s Secret, Leslie Wexner, who said that he had broken ties with Epstein years ago.
Maxwell said the two were so financially linked that she should have inheritance rights in the Virgin Islands, according to a civil lawsuit she filed there after her death in August. In court documents, she claimed that Epstein had sworn to always support her.
The transactions between 2007 and 2011 suggest “that they had a very close business relationship and that he clearly trusted him with a phenomenal amount of money,” said Levin.