Buffalo News: Feds drop charges that Frank Parlato Jr. stole from Seagrams heirs

By Frank Parlato

“After nearly three years, federal prosecutors are dropping charges that Niagara Falls developer Frank Parlato Jr. stole $1 million from two heirs to the Seagrams liquor fortune.”

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Parlato’s full statement below:

There are some other changes in the federal case [Western District of NY] against me. I am planning on reporting on those more fully at a later time.

Briefly, the prosecution has filed a superseding indictment against me, dropping the Bronfmans as victims but fabricating a false narrative – possibly to save face.

It’s as if a drop of blood and a knife were found on Tuesday, and Jerry is missing, so on Wednesday, Tom is indicted for Jerry’s murder; but on Thursday, Jerry shows up and is back home, safe and sound, untouched, and having returned from a holiday. Still, on Friday, the indictment for murdering Jerry still lingers on against Tom. That sums up this case.

This indictment was flawed from the beginning. The prosecution has now effectively admitted its mistake by dropping the Bronfmans as victims.  I think they did that because of my reporting that led to the indictment of the sex slavery cult the Bronfmans support – and the resulting charges against Keith Raniere and others who had been plotting against me.

I am glad to have played a part, through my reporting, in bringing this criminal enterprise to justice. I have been credited by many organizations across the country with providing the information that led to the indictment against Raniere.

Now, back to my case: Once again, as with the Bronfman case, I’m innocent. I was in a fight for my very life with an unscrupulous minority-interest partner in One Niagara [Shmuel Shmueli] and I took all the precautions I could think of to protect my assets and the assets of One Niagara, a building I built up from nothing with scotch tape and band aids to make it what it is today – from his constant legal attacks.

I left my successors a business that continues to be successful.  After 10 lawsuits which I and my partners won – Shmueli disappeared – admitting by his actions that he was wrong from the start.

The new indictment is still flawed even without the Bronfman piece.  There are no victims, but only success stories, except for myself. I am the victim and I am left with this indictment, alleging I committed crimes that I did not.

This has now been going on for seven years. The original indictment is nearing three years old. I have been offered plea deals. I have declined them all. I will never admit to doing something I did not do.

The prosecution tried to gag me. They did not want me to tell my side of the story, and did not want me writing stories relating to their alleged “victims” – the Bronfman-led sex cult. Had I not fought back, Raniere and Bronfman would probably still be coercing, branding, blackmailing, and silencing women now.

I will continue to fight on to prove my innocence, just as I did with the Bronfmans –  against a prosecution seemingly more concerned with convictions than justice.

Here is the superseding indictment:  https://frankreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-05-23-Indictment.pdf

Keep in mind if you read through it that the allegations of crimes are not crimes at all. This is a case where some of allegations are true but they are NOT criminal acts. They are all combined together to create a false narrative.  What the prosecution did was omit all the qualifying facts that would demonstrably prove there was no crime committed. It is not illegal to wire money or collect a check, for example. Or to pay someone – even in cash. It is not illegal to have bank accounts or even lots of them. It is their tortured omission of all the qualifying facts that the prosecution allege makes it criminal.

I do understand the prosecution’s dilemma. They built a case around a star witness – Clare Bronfman. A very convincing liar. And she is now proven to be a very unsavory witness – the financier of a sex slavery cult. She is likely to be indicted herself. I tried repeatedly before I was indicted in 2015 to show the prosecution that the Bronfmans were the real criminals. I was ignored. As a result, women were branded and blackmailed.

I have been hounded by prosecutors – one in particular who retired right after my indictment – who did not care at all to do anything but get me.

There is an endemic problem with the DOJ and the FBI. I understand it. They cannot admit they are wrong. If they so admit being wrong – they lose their reputation as being infallible.  This might make juries doubtful. They, therefore, have to win – even put innocent people in prison if need be – for the sake of their reputation.

 Here is what one legal commentator who read the superseding indictment said:

“There’s a lot of “meat” (i.e., financial transactions) but very few “bones” (i.e., an explanation of why any of those transactions would be illegal).

“It looks to me like the Feds’ basic game plan is to make all sorts of allegations, offer “evidence” of a large number of high-value transactions, and hope the jury buys into the argument that all the bank accounts must mean you’ve done something wrong.

“They’re not charging you with tax evasion, but just with impeding the IRS by having all those bank accounts. It is not illegal to have bank accounts.
“Typical federal indictment. Full of over-blown and duplicative charges – and trumped up to put you at risk of a long-term sentence if you go to trial.
“PS. If they apply this same “logic” to NXIVM’s operations, the charges will be a hundred times greater. “
Here is an article about the superseding indictment in the Niagara Gazette [my competitors {I own the Niagara Falls Reporter] but pretty straight guys]:


Here is a partial list of media crediting me with helping bust the Bronfman-Raniere crime organization. Keep in mind that the government originally alleged that the Bronfmans were victims. I wonder what changed their minds.


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  • Raising a glass to you right now in Sicily. “ Long Live Fearless Frank Parlatol” May you never encounter the likes of Ranciere and the Bronfman women again, although thank God you did. You set a fine example in this battle, galvanizing so much support with your courage and dangerous humor, I’m made up for you Frank, utterly fecking delighted!!

  • Thank you so much Mr Parlato, I know that you have suffered under Keith’s and the Bronfman Bitches too, you are one of the strongest men – and you did this to help people who are not as strong as you are. You could have won this without exposing the cult, but exposing them was an act of humanity which is a quality Keith and his oligarchy did their best to erase from his followers – especially the men among them..

  • Congrats Frank! Among all Keith’s teachings, he does NOT preach the consequences of putting his education into action.
    Thank you.
    Your work helped more people in more ways then you will ever begin to process.

  • I hope this doesn’t actually go to trial, but if it does, I hope you stomp their butts.

    Can anyone say, “malicious prosecution”??

  • This is AMAZING news and probably spells the end for Clare. The feds / authorities knew that Clare wouldn’t be a credible witness when she’s indicted for sex trafficking, fraud, immigration crimes, extortion, tax evasion and being an ugly, horrible, evil human being. She is really one of the worst people in this situation if not the worst. I hope she goes to jail for the rest of her life. By the way: Any know how many times Vanguard has dropped the soap in prison and regretted it so far?

  • So very ecstatic! – and the rest of the indictments should evaporate as well!

    Thiege’s case next PLEASE!

  • CONGRATULATIONS! you’re an inspirationand it sounds to me like a lot of evil people never should’ve messed with you in the 1st place!! 🙂


    Stick to your guns. I would always tell my clients, never plea if you are innocent. The facts will clear you.


  • It’s amazing how you spin everything, every person charged with a crime always claims they are innocent. You are still being indicted for other serious crimes. Do you really believe you are a good person? Your reputation says otherwise.

    • Hi Nicki.

      How are things after leaving Battlestar Galactica? You’re working for a restaurant now? Oh how the mighty have fallen.

      Or is that Lauren?

      How’s mama doing after her home was raided? The Feds removed enough evidence to fill a small dump truck.

      Don’t worry. Soon all the anxiety will be gone…..and you’ll all be reunited at the women’s jail.

      I’m betting that after a few weeks in jail you’ll all crack like an egg…..and turn against your Vanguard to lessen your time in that hellhole.

      But either way, your fat slob of a leader will be going away for many years. 🙂

      …And based upon his lack of toughness, I’m guessing that Vanguard will be grabbing his ankles and getting his butthole stretched out by Bubba and the other prison gang members. 🙂

      Have a great day!

      • I have no ties to NXIVM or anyone associated with them. I am not easily manipulated like the rest of you. I do know that Mr. Parlato has helped to ruin lives with his lies and willingness to do Keith and Clare’s bidding. While he may have had a change of heart after he got indicted, it is too little too late. Don’t get me wrong I’m happy as a pig in sh*t that Keith is in jail and can’t wait for Clare to join him but I also think Mr. Parlato deserves the same government accommodations.

        • Don’t believe it. You’re a Nxivm shill of some stripe that’s for sure because only a Nxivm shill could describe a free and anonymous enterprise like the Frank report as ‘manipulation” still, a bit of whining and carping is to be expected as it’s not going so well for you atm, is it?

          • Believe what you will. It’s not surprising that you would think everyone is involved in NXIVM because for you and your friends that is the end all and be all to your small little lives. So sad and pathetic.

    • Just like Keith Raniere! Who is guilty as hell and will spend the rest of his life in jail! Woohoo!!!

    • Whoa, just back the FUCK off here. I’m willing to bet that Mr. Parlato is a better at being a ‘good person’ – w/e the heck that means – than you, whoever you are.

  • The feds love to over-charge and then negotiate from a position of strength. That’s why the vast majority of federal criminal cases end up with plea deals.

    Unfortunately, many jurors believe that if someone is charged with 18 felonies, they must be guilty of something. And the penalty for having the audacity to go to trial is that the judge sentences you to the maximum possible penalty for whatever charge(s) you’re actually convicted of.

    The American criminal justice system is indeed “criminal”. But it often does not produce “justice”.

  • Bronfman charges withdrawn.

    The prosecutors should save the taxpayers some money and withdraw the structuring / tax-evasion charges too. They are unlikely to convince a jury that someone who keeps $1 million in escrow during the Bronfman charges is a big-league tax-evader.

  • Congratulations – I know you will be forthcoming when the time is right but I hope this superseding indictment results in a speedy trial in your favor. In the meantime, there is still work to be done and we need to make sure we snuff NXIVM to the ground.

  • Yes, yes, yes! Congratulations Frank! Those who care about you and the work that you have done and are continuing to do are very, very happy for you! GREAT NEWS!!!

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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