Update on Parlato case: Clare Bronfman perjurer?

By Frank Parlato

A reader asks:

Please post an honest status report regarding Clare Bronfman’s case against the host of this site, Mr. Frank Parlato. No one still left in NXIVM will read this site and take it seriously if the host himself does not exhibit exemplary levels of transparency to contrast with NXIVM’s typical obfuscation of their operations and legal matters. Please do not delete this post.


I agree with the comment. 

To date, I have exhibited extraordinary transparency on my case, more than any criminal defendant I ever heard of.  Even before I was indicted, I was communicative with the media.

November 7, 2015 –  Buffalo News: Falls developer Parlato faces choice: Accept plea deal on fraud allegations or risk indictment


“…Frank Parlato vs. the government is like David vs. Goliath, and we all know how that turned out in the end,” Parlato said in a statement last week….

“He has been offered a plea deal, and he has refused to take it,” said Ralph C. Lorigo, one of Parlato’s lawyers on other matters. “He is unwilling to plead guilty to something he doesn’t believe he is guilty of.”

I wrote extensively about my case.  In fact, three days after I was indicted, Assistant US Attorney Anthony Bruce asked the judge for a gag order to stop me from writing about my case.

Buffalo News –  November 23, 2015:  Judge denies gag order in Parlato case.

Frank Parlato Jr.’s unusual role as a newspaper owner writing about his own criminal case prompted the prosecution to ask for a gag order Monday.

The judge in the case said no….

“I don’t write fiction,” Parlato said later in a statement, “and that will become clear as the case unfolds.”

I spoke to every reporter who called me. Most defendants do not speak to the media.

Buffalo News –  November 22, 2016: Parlato accuses FBI of concocting evidence.

In court papers, Parlato points to what he claims are inaccuracies – 38 in all – in an FBI affidavit seeking search warrants to suggest that investigators are concocting evidence against him.

“These aren’t your run of the mill mistakes,” Parlato said Monday. “There’s a pattern emerging here.”

February 16, 2017 –  Buffalo News:  Judge rejects Parlato’s claim of concocted evidence in Seagrams, IRS case

…the judge’s ruling was hailed by Anthony M. Bruce, the federal prosecutor who handled Parlato’s case…

“It is clear from the judge’s ruling that the very basis of that attack was wrong,” Bruce said in a statement. “I was a federal prosecutor for over 37 years and I am proud of every moment I spent in that job, Mr. Parlato’s personal attacks notwithstanding.”

…Parlato, who sought to end the criminal case against him, said the judge was wrong…

“The ruling doesn’t change the facts of the case,” he said Wednesday. “We’re going to receive complete vindication.”

He also claimed to now have evidence that Clare Bronfman, one of the Seagrams’ heirs he is accused of cheating, gave “contradictory statements” about her business dealings with him when she testified before the grand jury.

“This is a huge discovery, and it overturns everything in McCarthy’s ruling,” Parlato said of the new evidence.

Parlato also promised to continue his “investigation” into Bruce and his allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. Bruce has been the target of a public campaign waged by Artvoice and the Niagara Falls Reporter, Parlato’s other weekly.


ArtVoice – February 17, 2017: Parlato claims to have uncovered perjury by Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman

 Parlato Case a Ham Sandwich Indictment 

Frank Parlato: Guilty or Innocent?


A bizarre cult uses Anthony Bruce to punish Parlato

You can find dozens more articles about my pending case via Bing,  Google or any other search engine.

To sum it all up: The government’s criminal case against me hinges on whether a written contract exists between Clare Bronfman and me.

Miss Bronfman told the grand jury there was a written contract – even though no one could produce a signed copy of it.

In two separate civil suits, she swore there was no written contract. She used as her defense that she never signed any contract.

The opposite sworn testimonies of Miss Bronfman may constitute perjury.

For her, it won’t be the first time.

I invite anybody interested in my case to study it; everything is available.

If readers have any questions, post them as comments.

I will try to answer them all.

Transparency is the cure for all that ails Keith Raniere and his followers.

Clare Bronfman may have flubbed the case against Frank Parlato by perjuring herself.

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6 years ago

Raniere and the Bronfmans are hypocrites and scumbags.

Summary from Artcoice article "Frank Parlato: Guilty or Innocent"
Summary from Artcoice article "Frank Parlato: Guilty or Innocent"
6 years ago

By late 2007, the Bronfmans had sunk $26.4 million into a Los Angeles real-estate project, a joint venture with Yuri Plyam who was purportedly Raniere’s “best friend.” Plyam was also the commodities broker who handled the commodities transactions the sisters lost $66 million dollars on…

As court documents and the Bronfmans own testimony show, because of suspicions about the development project, Parlato went to Los Angeles, acting as the Bronfmans’ consultant, and discovered that Plyam diverted $10 million of the Bronfmans’ money into Plyam’s own personal real estate. Parlato confronted Plyam and got him to sign over to the Bronfmans the Los Angeles real estate the Bronfmans had paid for. Parlato also secured for the Bronfmans controlling interest in the development company, Precision, which before Parlato arrived they had zero documented ownership interest. He also secured for them controlling interest in a construction company, Castle Asset Management, which had substantial construction equipment which the Bronfmans had paid for. Parlato, further, through his team of investigators, discovered where most of the diverted (stolen) money went to: Plyam had built million dollar plus properties in Lake Arrowhead, a $5 million mansion in Beverly Hills for himself and purchased other properties in Los Angeles titled in various shell companies or relatives’ names. Parlato persuaded Plyam to turn over some of those properties and on the rest Parlato filed liens (lis pendens) pending litigation so that Plyam couldn’t sell them and abscond with the Bronfman’s money…..

…a jury found that Parlato was right and that Plyam had diverted (stolen) more than $10 from the Bronfmans. In the trial against Plyam, Clare Bronfman admitted that but for Parlato, the $26 million would have been lost and probably more would have been stolen by Plyam.

While Parlato was in the thick of rescuing the Los Angeles project, fighting both for physical control of the properties and in court for a legal injunction to prevent Plyam from stripping the properties, the Bronfmans and Raniere promised Parlato if he was successful he could complete the development – which was now in shambles – for a one third interest in the project.

To seal the deal, Raniere told the Bronfmans to advance Parlato $1 million to cover taxes at One Niagara so he could stay in Los Angeles and rescue their Los Angeles project that was teetering on the brink. One Niagara was to be used as collateral for the $1 million and Parlato would repay the $1 million from the earnings of his promised share of the development.

But Raniere had no intention of honoring the agreement. As soon as Parlato successfully recovered the $26 million in assets, secured the physical real estate and control of the company through the successful lawsuit against Plyams on behalf of the Bronfmans, Raniere and the Bronfmans fired Parlato and demanded the $1 million back. Since the $1 million was supposed to be repaid out of the profits of the development Parlato felt he was the one defrauded.

Parlato set aside the $1 million, putting it in escrow, went back to work at One Niagara and paid the taxes due from One Niagara profits.

And he set out to fight the Bronfmans in court. The Bronfmans filed suit; in it they swore under oath that there was no written contract, so they did not owe Parlato one third of the project; Parlato filed a countersuit. Then the Bronfmans asked for an adjournment on the civil litigation. Parlato granted the delay thinking that they could settle the dispute amicably. Instead, the Bronfmans filed a criminal complaint with the FBI.

About the Author

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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Email: frankreport76@gmail.com


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