One topic that may be gaining traction with federal law enforcement officials is Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman’s alleged accessing of the bank accounts of federal judges involved in their cases.
Ex NXIVM members have been contacted by federal law enforcement officials seeking copies of documents that may evidence criminality.
NXIVM inner circle member, Kristin Keeffe, claims that Clare Bronfman paid a Canadian investigative firm, Canaprobe Group, close to $1 million to uncover financial records of several perceived NXIVM enemies including six judges who presided over cases involving NXIVM or its critics: U.S. District Chief Judge Gary L. Sharpe; U.S. Magistrate Randolph F. Treece; U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Littlefield Jr., U.S. Senior Judge Thomas J. McAvoy, U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh and U.S. Magistrate Mark Falk.
The other individuals Keeffe claims Bronfman paid to investigate are: U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Clare Bronfman’s father, the late Edgar Bronfman, George R. Hearst III, publisher of the Albany Times Union; Rex Smith, the newspaper’s editor and a former reporter James Odato, who wrote a series of stories on NXIVM, plus longtime NXIVM enemies, Barbara Bouchey, Toni Natalie and Joseph O’Hara.
In a taped telephone conversation earlier this year with former NXIVM inner circle member, Barbara Bouchey, Keeffe spoke about the probes of judges and other Raniere enemies.
Keeffe said, “ultimately (Bronfman/Raniere) went ahead and got financial information on you, on Toni (Natalie), on Joe (O’Hara), on Jim Odato, George Hearst, Rex Smith, every Judge in every case that they were involved in. Now, when this comes out, it’s going to be a shit storm. They’re never going to be able to civil litigate a case ever again. Now, what we were told at the time was that because it was in Canada it was totally legal. And, if my emails were ever subpoenaed, I have records from Harris Beach saying this is totally legit. I learned later that there’s no fucking way this is totally legit. Even if it wasn’t criminal, it goes to, it’s certainly a civil, it’s civil damages. But, from a credibility standpoint, it’s the fucking death note. Because, they’re getting information on fucking judges and the press. Obviously they got information on you, too, but the thing that makes it headline worthy and completely will discredit them. ….
“What, what the process was – was Keith would decide what was ordered,” Keeffe told Bouchey. “I would call Canaprobe and tell them what they wanted. The invoices, and what they would do is fax the results, they would fax the financial information, and the invoices to the myfax account, which was also in the same email account and the same email address, in other words when you sign up for myfax, you sign up using an email.”
Whether federal law enforcement officials now investigating this matter will pursue it and whether this will lead down other criminal ‘avenues’ is unclear at this time.
According to one ex- NXIVM source – federal law enforcement officials visited him to get documents on Clare Bronfman and Keith Raniere’s role in connection with their probe of federal judge’s financial records.
Another ex-NXIVM source told me that Raniere said the probe he ordered Clare Bronfman to pay for and oversee was undertaken to find out if any of the judges involved in their numerous cases had received any sudden infusions of money – which might indicate they had taken bribes from NXIVM opponents.
During my tenure at NXIVM, the inner circle attributed their constant losing of cases to bribery and political animus and not to the wrongfulness or lack of merit of their lawsuits.
When I tried to persuade Raniere that his lawsuits were wrongful, vengeful, unjust and counter productive, I was met with sullen rejection by him and anger from certain members of his inner circle who were deeply involved in the litigation.
Clare Bronfman seemed to hardly understood any of the finer points of the litigation she funded. When I asked her, for instance, why she was funding a certain protracted lawsuit, spending far more in legal fees than they were seeking in damages, she stammered out an “upholding justice” answer.
When I pressed her as to how she was upholding justice by continuing to sue when she had already completely bankrupted the individual in question and he had already turned over all his assets, she said, “I have to ask Keith and get back to you.”