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Financier Jeffrey Epstein. Photo: Rick Friedman/Getty Images

L Brands founder and chairman Les Wexner accused his disgraced former money manager Jeffrey Epstein Wednesday of misappropriating more than $46 million of his fortune, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

Why it matters: Per the WSJ, the allegations by Wexner that Epstein "misappropriated vast sums of money from me and my family" reveal for the first time some of the financial fallout from his relationship with the registered sex offender, who's under indictment for alleged child sex trafficking.

The big picture: The New York Times reports that Wexner, the billionaire behind Victoria's Secret, said in a letter to Wexner Foundation members that he discovered money was missing after cutting ties with Epstein in 2007 — a year after the financier was charged with multiple counts of molestation and unlawful sexual activity with a minor (Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to lesser charges after reaching a sweetheart deal with prosecutors.).

"It was agreed that he should step back from the management of our personal finances. In that process, we discovered that he had misappropriated vast sums of money from me and my family. This was, frankly, a tremendous shock, even though it clearly pales in comparison to the unthinkable allegations against him now."
— Wexner's letter to the foundation

Go deeper: Jeffrey Epstein and the utility of fake billions

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U.S. economy added 379,000 jobs in February

Data: FRED; Chart: Axios Visuals

The economy added 379,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate dropped from 6.3% to 6.2%, the Labor Department said on Friday.

Why it matters: The first Biden-era jobs report shows hiring surged as coronavirus cases eased — though a full recovery remains far off. Economists expected the economy to add roughly 182,000 jobs last month, after adding a paltry 49,000 in January.

This story is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
2 hours ago - Economy & Business

Workers are getting a really bad deal

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

This week's spate of data highlighted the difficulties Americans who have lost their jobs have had bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic, and just how much those who have managed to keep their jobs have been working.

What's happening: The Labor Department reported Thursday that the productivity of American workers fell by a revised 4.2% annual rate in the fourth quarter, the largest decline in 39 years.

FBI: Trump appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot

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The FBI on Thursday arrested former State Department aide Federico Klein, a Trump appointee who worked on the former president's 2016 campaign, on charges related to the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, according to a court filing.

Why it matters: The 42-year-old Klein is the first member of the Trump administration to be arrested in connection with the insurrection, which led to the former president's second impeachment and charges against over 300 people.