DOJ Release: EDNY Gives Thanks to DO-Nothing NDNY [Thanks for Nothing]

In General, To export
Readers might enjoy the press release for the Department of Justice, US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York [EDNY] announcing the conviction of Keith Alan Raniere.
It provides an insight into how they take credit for their victories.  It is in large part a “thank you to one and all” – and I find it interesting that within their “one and all” they included the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York [NDNY].
As many readers know, the NDNY achieved considerable infamy for not prosecuting Raniere – for decades – despite their fielding the first and many subsequent, legitimate complaints about him and his deadly Nxivm criminal group.
Of course, in the last 24 hours, there’s been a great deal of applause and hearty commendations heaped upon the EDNY, and deservedly so. In retrospect, it was just about the prettiest little trial anyone ever saw in the conviction of such an ugly monster.
But, really, to thank the NDNY for their help?  Isn’t that taking professional courtesy a bit too far?
The NDNY should have been the ones who convicted Raniere and thanked the EDNY. They muffed it. Muffed it for years. The NDNY qualifies for “buffoon law enforcement agency of the ages.”
It was they who were first given evidence of NXIVM’s criminal activities – and lots of it. It was the NDNY that kept ignoring the pleas of women brutalized by Raniere, who kept turning a deaf ear to them. It was the NDNY that permitted [when they could have done something] the terror and the torment [not to mention the branding and blackmailing] of a hundred victims – right in their home turf.
And now they get thanks from the EDNY – who – from outside the area where Raniere committed most of his crimes – went in and did their job for them.
The thank you to the NDNY – it’s pure, classic, stinging irony.
Perhaps, the real meaning of the thanks, the shout-out they got from the EDNY, should be gleaned from between the lines:  What brought splendor and honor to the EDNY and Assistant US Attorneys Moira Kim Penza, Tanya Hajjar and Mark J. Lesko, and their boss, Trump appointee Richard P. Donoghue, is the fact that they went after the monster and took him down.
While the NDNY did nothing.
Had the NDNY done their job, then the EDNY would not have had their moment in the sun – their historic, complete, colossal, efficient, brilliant, innovative, precedent-setting take-down of a dangerous, sex-trafficking, racketeering cult backed by the Bronfman liquor fortune.
No, if it weren’t for the NDNY’s buffoonery – the EDNY would not have had a chance to accomplish this glorious work.  So let me add my thanks to theirs.
Thank you, NDNY — for nothing.


Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Jury Finds Nxivm Leader Keith Raniere Guilty of All Counts

Raniere and His Co-Conspirators Operated a Racketeering Enterprise Victimizing Women Through Sex Trafficking and Other Crimes

Keith Raniere, the founder and leader of Nxivm, was convicted today by a federal jury in Brooklyn of all seven counts of a superseding indictment charging him with racketeering and racketeering conspiracy; sex trafficking, attempted sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy; forced labor conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.  The racketeering offense included predicate acts of extortion, identity theft, and production and possession of child pornography.  The verdict followed more than six weeks of trial before United States District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis.  When sentenced, Raniere faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment, and up to life in prison.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and Jonathan D. Larsen, Special Agent-in-Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), announced the verdict.

“As found by the jury, Keith Raniere masqueraded as a self-help guru to gain the trust of his followers, and then exploited them for his own financial gain and sexual gratification,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue.  “Raniere and his co-conspirators will now face the consequences for the serious crimes they committed and the profound harm they have caused their victims.”  Mr. Donoghue extended his grateful appreciation to Homeland Security Investigations, the New York State Police and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York for their assistance during the investigation and prosecution.

“Nxivm’s so called self-help programs did anything but help the women they professed to empower,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney.  “What’s been proven today is that Keith Raniere preyed on the vulnerabilities of his many female victims, sold them lies and other falsehoods, and committed horrifying acts of coercion.  This guilty verdict is a welcome end to a case that highlighted the many avenues of criminal activity pursued by a man whose intentions were deplorable beyond belief.”

“IRS Criminal Investigation plays a pivotal role in tracing the illicit funds from such horrendous criminal behavior,” stated IRS-CI Special Agent-in-Charge Larsen.  “We proudly stand with our law enforcement partners in uncovering such crimes, and justice has been served.”
As proven at trial, in 2003, Raniere founded Nxivm, a purported self-help organization headquartered in Albany, New York, with centers operating elsewhere in the United States, Mexico and Canada.  Raniere established Executive Success Programs (“ESP”), a series of purported self-help workshops in which participants paid thousands of dollars to attend classes based on Raniere’s teachings.  In 2015, Raniere added a secret society within Nxivm called DOS or “The Vow,” with levels of women “slaves” headed by “masters.”  The goal of the criminal enterprise was to promote Raniere, for example, by exalting his teachings and ideology, and to recruit new members, including as sexual partners for Raniere.

In the course of their racketeering enterprise, Raniere and his co-conspirators committed multiple crimes, including sex trafficking, forced labor, computer hacking, fraud and identity theft.  Raniere maintained command and control over his DOS members by collecting “collateral” from them, such as sexually explicit photos and letters making accusations against their loved ones that would be embarrassing if disclosed.  For example, “Nicole,” a victim witness, testified that she was coerced into providing labor and services for Nxivm, which included taking photographs of naked women members and engaging in sex acts with Raniere, under threat of release of her collateral.  DOS slaves were also branded with Raniere’s initials in their pelvic area using a cauterizing pen.  The members of the “inner circle” were rewarded with financial opportunities and increased power and status within the enterprise.

Raniere and his co-conspirators also worked to support Raniere and protect Nxivm from perceived enemies.  Raniere conspired with two of his closest associates in Nxivm to have “Daniela,” a member of his inner circle at the time, cross the Canadian border into the U.S. with a fake identification card bearing the name of a dead woman.  Daniela testified that she assisted Raniere hack into the email accounts of persons he believed were enemies of Nxivm.

Among Raniere’s crimes was sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.  Specifically, Raniere began having sex with a victim member identified as “Camila” when she was 15-years-old and he was 45.  Raniere also took naked photographs of Camila when she was a minor.

Each of Raniere’s co-defendants previously pleaded guilty.  On March 12, 2019, Nancy Salzman, Nxivm’s president and co-founder, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.  On March 25, 2019, Lauren Salzman, a first-line master over slaves in DOS, pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy.  On April 8, 2019, Allison Mack, a first-line master, pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy.  On April 19, 2019, Clare Bronfman, a high-ranking member of Nxivm’s Executive Board, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conceal and harbor illegal aliens for financial gain, and fraudulent use of identification documents, and Kathy Russell, Nxivm’s bookkeeper, pleaded guilty to visa fraud.  They are awaiting sentencing.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Moira Kim Penza, Tanya Hajjar, Mark J. Lesko and Kevin M. Trowel are in charge of the prosecution.  Assistant United States Attorney Karin Orenstein of the Office’s Civil Division is handling forfeiture matters.

The Defendant:

KEITH RANIERE (also known as “Vanguard” and “Grandmaster”)
Age:  58
Waterford, New York

The Defendants Who Previously Pleaded Guilty:

Age:  40
Clifton Park, New York

Age:  36
Brooklyn, New York

Age:  61
Clifton Park, New York

Age:  43
Clifton Park, New York

NANCY SALZMAN (also known as “Prefect”)
Age:  65
Clifton Park, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 18-CR-204 (S-2) (NGG)

Human Trafficking
Violent Crime
John Marzulli Tyler Daniels United States Attorney’s Office (718) 254-6323

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12 commentsOn DOJ Release: EDNY Gives Thanks to DO-Nothing NDNY [Thanks for Nothing]

  • Perhaps the nod to the NDNY was meant as a Bronx cheer.

  • Excellent article. Now what do we do from now til September?

  • its wonderful to have the transcript but the true effect is in the visual watch for Moira….she’s fearless….you can just feel it exuding and she’s showing intentions of blazin thru the next cases….again, kudos. job well done swimming upstream in the swamp that is n{xivm} y s.

  • Frank,

    I enjoyed your scathing critique of the NDNY. The NDNY more than deserves the rebuke.

    Hopefully those at the helm that ignored Nxivm and the cries for help will face some level of discipline.

    • Niceguy – I echo your comment that the NDNY deserve this rebuke and yes there were those in authority who ignored NXIVM and their victims. How many others aided and abetted this criminal enterprise? That swamp really needs draining.

  • Yes. Now that Keith is out of the way hopefully for life, the focus needs to be on Clare, Allison, et al.

    Is Allison, Clare and others still on house arrest with ankle monitors? I am hoping enough dirt come out at the trial about Allison that will get her many many years.

    My take on Allison, with her being in show biz for so long, that she loathes women more beautiful than her. I bet she hates the “plain girl next door” persona that she has. Her face and body are sub par with many other women in Hollywood. And while Keith was looking for beautiful skinny girls, Allison would look at her cankles and realize she’ll never look that good. So she punished them. While she was touting women empowerment and saying she was helping women to overcome things and be stronger, she was secretly delighting in being punitive and cruel to “get back at them”. She is vile. As much as Keith is vile. She needs a very long sentence. I hope the judge can see past her smile and see the wretched person she is. She is more of a victimizer than she is a victim. She was plotting new forms of punishment that I’m sure even surprised Keith. “Wow Allison, I wish i would have thought of that!” Give her AT LEAST 20 years. I also believe Clare should rot for at least 20 as well.

    • Calling all lawyers

      “I am hoping enough dirt come out at the trial about Allison that will get her many many years.”

      Because KAR, and not Allison, was on trial, can any testimony affect her plea or sentence?

      Assuming nothing in the trial has shown her as lying to the Feds for her plea…how can she be harmed further, without having a chance to defend herself at trial?

      • It depends on the deal Mack made with the DOJ. If her plea included a provision that she would not be prosecuted for any other crimes, whether known or unknown, she’s in the clear. If her plea is like Bronfman’s, she’s potentially in very big trouble.

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