Is doubling numbers on your bio lying? Ask ethics guru, Mr. Vanguard

This is from Keith Raniere’s bio on

“As an entrepreneur, Keith Raniere transformed a five-person organization into a corporation of nearly 400,000 in a mere two years. His company, Consumers’ Buyline, Inc., was responsible for an estimated one billion dollars in product and service sales in its second full year of business and was featured on the American Spotlight. A millionaire at the age of thirty, Keith Raniere was worth $50 million only two years later.”

This is from an Albany Times Union story dated May 21, 1992: 

Headline: Discount service target of probe pyramid scheme alleged

“Consumer Buylines Inc., a locally based discount buying service with 200,000 members nationally, is being investigated by authorities in New York and Maine and has been sued by the Arkansas attorney general for allegedly using deceptive trade practices….

The president of Consumer Buylines, Keith Raniere, denied the charge and said many officials misunderstood the operations of his 2- year-old company, which employs 200 workers and has a second office in Albany.

“With 200,000 sales people, sometimes things are said that are improper,” said Raniere. “If that was the case, we terminate them as affiliates”….


Ok, so Keith Raniere says in his bio – he had a corporation of 400,000 in its second year.

He said to the Times Union – n the company’s second year  – as an investigation into his company is looming in three states – and is about to shut down his operations –  – that there were 200,000 member affiliates and 200 employees.

In my book doubling the actual number of affiliates is lying.

How about in your book?

read the full story here:1992 05 21 Discount service target of probe pyramid scheme alleged

read Raniere’s bio at


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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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