Part 6: Crimes of Bronfman-Raniere: Federal Crimes: Blackmail, Bulk Cash Smuggling, Fraud & Misuse of Visas

Publicly available information, sources, and common sense inform me as to the crimes Bronfman-Raniere likely committed.

Whether or not the FBI is investigating these crimes is not for me to say. I have reported Bronfman-Raniere crimes to law enforcement for years –  and like others who did the same  – I have been totally ignored. The tipping point, however, may have been the branding.

The New York Times and Albany Times Union report that the NXIVM investigation is under the supervision of the U.S. Department Of Justice’s staff in the Eastern District of New York.

Here is Part 6 of crimes I previously reported to law enforcement – long before the cult became better known via the New York Times etc.



BLACKMAIL, 18 U.S.C. § 873

Whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Elements of crime charged under federal blackmail statute are coercion and unlawful consideration.

NXIVM and its members have blackmailed, and conspired to blackmail group members.



Cash paid for Intensives (classes) in Mexico was believed to have been brought over the Mexican-U.S. border to Albany, NY headquarters. Cash was not referred to as ‘Cash’. It was referred in conversations and writing by code names.

Nancy Salzman, Michelle Salzman, Rosa Laura Junco, Lauren Salzman, Clare Bronfman, Angel Smith, Kathy Russel, Karen Abney, Karen Unterreiner, Michelle Salzman, Emiliano Salinas, Elisa Anaya, Jimena Garza, Loreta Garza, Edgar Boone, Omar Boone, Alejandro Betancourt and others are allegedly involved.

In addition to the cash smuggling charge itself, the way in which the cash was subsequently put into – and taken out of – the U.S. banking system would likely constitute a separate charge of structuring to evade reporting requirement.



Various people connected to NXIVM and its sister companies’ have applied for visas, where NXIVM personnel would falsely state the applicant was a “business manager” with an expressly stated or implied high income – when, in fact, the applicant would be engaged in a low-paying job.

It is well known that many of these visa applicants were forced to give “kickbacks” to satisfy the monetary amount conditions of employment. Example: If the visa required a minimum rate of pay of $20 per hour but NXIVM or another entity was only willing to pay $10 per hour, the visa applicant would be paid $20 per hour by NXIVM but then have to give back half of her pay to the company.

Such an arrangement would constitute a fraudulent procuring of a visa.

Clare Bronfman was the foremost arranger of these illicit deals and got some or most of the kickbacks from the victims of NXIVM immigration schemes.

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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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