Albany Times Union also announces US Federal Investigation into Raniere; some new details emerge

On this Winter Solstice – on the shortest day of the year –  Keith Raniere may be having one of his longer days.

The New York Times reports: Federal Officials Reportedly Investigating Group Where Women Were Branded.

The Albany Times Union reports: Federal investigators probe NXIVM

Here is what’s been reported:

The US Department of Justice has started a federal investigation into NXIVM.

While NXIVM is headquartered in the Albany area, which is in the Northern District of NY, the probe is being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Eastern District Office in Brooklyn.

The FBI is doing interviews.

The Justice Department’s ‘broad probe’ includes NXIVM’s business dealings, and its practice of recruiting members from abroad.

Federal officials have interviewed several people associated with Raniere. Among those interviewed are women who claimed they were lured into DOS which required them to consent to being branded with Raniere’s initials.


NXIVM retained forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Park Dietz to evaluate India Oxenberg, 26, a member of NXIVM and DOS. Dr. Dietz said he found no evidence of “brainwashing” and India appeared “happy,”

Dr. Dietz said Nxivm had not hired him to examine matters related to DOS.

Nxivm attempted [it is not known if they succeeded] to hire lobbyists in Albany to represent it before politicians and regulators.

Emiliano Salinas claims DOS is not affiliated with Nxivm.

NXIVM sued Toni Zarattini because he and others allegedly tried to extort Nxivm by asking for money in exchange for not revealing information. A Mexican judge dismissed the case ruling there was no evidence.

A lawyer for Nxivm said another legal action is pending against Mr. Zarattini.

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to recommend changes in how state regulators review complaints against doctors because complaints about Dr. Danielle Roberts and Dr. Brandon Porter, both affiliated with Nxivm, were dismissed, then revisited after the Times did an October 17, expose on NXIVM.


Mexican media has reported that Emilano Salinas claims he remains unaware of the branding sorority or that NXIVM has nothing to do with DOS.

20 Minutos: In ESP we act with respect: Emiliano Salinas
SDP Noticias: Alpha Code. “In ESP we act with respect: Emiliano Salinas”

Milenio: In ESP we act with respect: Emiliano Salinas

Cronica: Unveils Emiliano Salinas to his company of alleged mistreatment of women

Cronica Jalisco: Son of Salinas de Gortari separates his company from mistreatment of women


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The Owl
The Owl
5 years ago

Once again, this TU story omits the bigger question. WHY THE FUCK HAS NO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL IN THE ALBANY AREA INVESTIGATED NXIVM AND RANIERE FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS DESPITE THE FACT THAT NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST THEM? Are they all just incredibly lazy or incompetent? Or were they all scared off or bought off with Bronfman money? Maybe that’s the real reason why the current investigation is based in NYC rather than in Albany. If so, we may see a few local law enforcement officials indicted too. Wouldn’t that be a great way to start the New Year?

5 years ago

DECEMBER 21, 2017 Albany, NY
Governor Cuomo Unveils 11th Proposal of the 2018 State of the State: Ending Sextortion Now

Sextortion and Non-Consensual Pornography Will Be Criminalized Under State Law, Require Registration as a Sex Offender and be Punishable By Jail Time

Legislation Will Outlaw Publicizing Sexually Explicit Images Without Consent; Coercing an Individual to Expose Themselves; and Threatening to Disclose Pictures or Videos of Another Person’s Intimate Body Parts

Legislation Will Also Strengthen Protections for Young Women and Girls Representing the Vast Majority of Sextortion and “Revenge Porn” Victims

Venn Logic and Lies, Oh My
Venn Logic and Lies, Oh My
5 years ago

How can Alex and Emiliano bring changes against Toni in Mexico because he was calling NXIVM members to talk about the ethical and moral issues of DOS?

Coach and some Proctors were said to have left, of their own free will, when they felt like DOS didn’t fit their values either after hearing about it.

Upon finding out about Toni’s calls to his fellow friends, Alex and Emiliano plotted against him and brought legal charges against him in order to silence him from spreading the word of DOS to more people.

Now Emiiano is claiming he knows nothing of DOS and it’s not a part of NXIVM. Well Toni’s not in DOS, so why all the fuss if people leave NXIVM?

If this was not such a sad subject matter, this would make a funny spin off of Dumb and Dumber – The Cult addition. The leadership are just so bad at their stories and the people who believe them, holly carp, where is their Venn Logic Skills? Guess their too busy dodging Flying Monkeys

Raniere should grow his hair back out and keep sporting that baseball cap for the movie.

Salinas Family is calling in the debt it is owed for "favors" over the years
Salinas Family is calling in the debt it is owed for "favors" over the years
5 years ago

Emiliano and his father must be shitting bricks ! So many media outlets getting the same story: ESP and Emiliano knew nothing about DOS, but there’s nothing wrong with DOS because it’s an innocent “sorority.”

Bullshit. There is a lot wrong with DOS. It is based on deceptive recruiting, blackmail, slavery, corporal punishment, sleep deprivation, starvation dieting, genital branding, and sexual slavery.

Every woman recruited to DOS was in ESP and/or JNESS, both part of the Raniere-verse.

The denials might have a shred of credibility if Emiliano Salinas (and Keith Raniere) had said “I repudiate what DOS is alleged to be doing, and ask that they cease and desist doing any such thing, whether in my name or not.”

But we will never hear that. Because Keith Raniere knew and approved of DOS, and almost certainly designed it .

And Emiliano doesn’t have the cohones to stand up to Raniere and say DOS is wrong.

Or he believes that DOS is just fine (which would be an even worse indictment of his “ethics”).

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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