FBI Raids NXIVM ‘Prefect’ Nancy Salzman’s home

The FBI has raided Nancy Salzman’s home on Oregon Trail in suburban Albany, NY.

A search warrant was issued and several federal agents armed and donning bullet proof vests have entered the home of the NXIVM leader and co-founder known as Prefect.

Salzman, 63, a registered nurse, and hypnotist, is second in command of the NXIVM cult.

The cult’s leader, Keith Raniere, was arrested yesterday.

Part of the search will be for cash and other documents and videos believed to be stored in her large basement safe. Raniere was arrested yon Sunday in Mexico and transferred to the USA on charges including sex trafficking and forced labor a/k/a slavery.

It was reported by former members of NXIVM that as much as $2 million in smuggled money was stored in her safe at one point in time, a fact first reported here. According to sources, Raniere instructed his Mexican followers to smuggle cash in from Mexico – and stored it in the safe in Salzman’s house.

Stay tuned for more info .

As of 10:33 AM the search is in progress…

Link to related story and pictures at https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Feds-raid-home-of-NXIVM-co-founder-Nancy-Salzman-12784322.php#photo-15296383.

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  • Keep up the reporting .. enjoying your articles while I sift for a clue about Kreuk. She’s a big player in this. No matter what she says.

  • Oh Karma ~ destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.

    Finally, Effects of their Causes are showing up. Hum… maybe they should have paid attention when teaching this in their educational programs. Nothing like having a great cup of coffee and some good reading material to “feel the freedom”.

    The best part of waking up is knowing Raniere is all locked up.

  • Brock Wilbur (author of “The Knife of Aristotle Isn’t Just a Fake “Fake News” Site—It’s a Cult”) has been working on a expose (for Audible, with goal of leading to arrest) of Keith Raniere for nine months. He tweeted today: “So a bit of news: I spent the last nine months working with an incredible team at Audible to make a show about bringing down NXIVM / Keith Raniere / The Knife. Yesterday, Keith went to Forever Jail so our show is cancelled. And uh… I’m pretty okay with that.”

    Thread here https://twitter.com/brockwilbur/status/978667018932183040

  • Tick, tock…Tick, tock…You’ll notice that there are no New York State police involved in this raid. Nor anyone from the Saratoga County DA’s Office. The feds obviously know that both of those entities have dirty hands when it comes to NXIVM. And don’t even get me started on P’Diddy Soares here in Albany County. Not to mention our local U.S. Attorney’s Office, which has turned a blind eye towards NXIVM for at least 15 years. Doubt that the feds will take any of those governmental types down but you never know.

      • WNYT reporter tweets today show long table with big salad bowl inside HQ.

        Similar table appears in pix said to be of N.U. Students at lunch between classes (with standard NXIVM fake smiles pasted on).

        • As of 12:15 PM when I walked past the parking lot was empty with only the pickup truck from before left. Shades drawn closed.

  • You had soooooo many opportunities to do the right thing. Should’ve trusted your gut when you met this lunatic for the first time.

    • The first time Nancy Salzman met Keith Raniere she told her friend that he was a sociopath (and that friend shared the story with Becca Friedman). Nancy Salzman also likes to control and be center stage (like so many of the cultists it seems), and she got lots of that over her years with the cult, along with a very nice standard of living. And all she had to give up was her integrity, instincts, and daughters.

      • Oh thats f*cking hilarious!! cheers for that! the heartlessness of this woman is epic – will her daughters care for her in her dotage do you think?

        • I suspect not. Lauren Salzman has her sickly-looking cat to tend to and Michelle Salzman & Ben Myers are getting married on May 26, 2018. They’ll devote first to the creatures they love more than the mother who steered them to a psychopath. On the plus side, there are many charges still to come and maybe they’ll get to spend time together in court and/or prison. Perhaps they can share some quality mother-daughter time together then 🙂

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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.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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