Question: With Bronfmans out of the indictment – why is DOJ using a dead man to prosecute me?

Based on my recent article Bronfman charges dropped against me, but commenter wonders about other charges, a reader had a question:

“How can they prove you defrauded your ex-partner if he’s not around to testify? [He’s dead]. Seems like the monkey with his hand in the jar grabbing the food. With a fist he can’t get the food out, but to let go means he can’t get the food. Another example of the government wasting our tax dollars.”

The answer is: The DOJ can’t prove I defrauded my deceased partner, but the DOJ still needs a felony fraud count, as well as a tax count, for their stats.

The FBI and the IRS worked on the case for 7 years and they do not want to go away empty handed. Now that the alleged Bronfman fraud has been dropped from the case, they are basing the fraud charge on my interactions with a dead man who cannot testify. It is weak, but they lost their only living chance when they found out that the Bronfmans had lied to them. There are no living people who can say I defrauded them. The Bronfman sisters are perjurers and incredibly tainted – so the Feds had to go to the next best option – which, in my case, is a ‘dead guy.’

While my ex-partner cannot testify against me – he also cannot testify for me either.  The prosecutor’s play here is to throw enough innuendo and supposition out there that maybe the jury will get confused.  They can argue, “if only Parlato’s partner were alive today, he would have learned he defrauded him.”

Unhappily for the prosecution, less than two weeks before my ex-partner died, he testified in a civil case that I was a most excellent partner. That establishes he went to his grave thinking well of me. But really and truly, the DOJ has no case whatsoever and a dead man now is their best last hope.

Remember, of course, they are not seeking justice, but convictions and they cannot, under any circumstances, admit they are wrong. To admit they are wrong means they could be wrong in other cases. If juries were to get a whiff of that, then the DOJ would lose the presumption of guilt that follows almost every defendant into court.

Now, the whole criminal justice system relies on the assumption of integrity and infallibility of the prosecutors. If they lose that, they would not be able to over-charge defendants, people would demand trials more frequently instead of taking plea deals, and America would no longer lead the world in prison population.

As for my case, I did not defraud my late partner or anyone else. But that hardly matters to the DOJ. They need to try to destroy me. Not because I’m guilty. Not because they hate me. They simply spent a lot of time on this case and they need a conviction.

Imagine their disappointment when the Bronfman thing exploded in the media.

They knew all along that I did not defraud the Bronfmans. They only dropped the Bronfman charges because the Bronfmans are now nuclear. Otherwise they would have kept the bogus Bronfman charges in. They are now trying to use a dead man because living people can be cross examined.

It’s logical. Only one thing matters to the DOJ – to not admit they are wrong. It is not justice they seek. They seek convictions and with it – whether they convict the innocent or guilty, it matters not – they must uphold the ‘honor’ of the institution – to preserve public trust and confidence.  If they admit they are wrong, then that trust could evaporate. If they hang an innocent man, that’s the price they are willing to pay to get the guilty and preserve the perception of infallibility so they can continue with their inordinately high conviction rates [95 percent +/-].

It’s not personal. I don’t begrudge them for their injustice. It is what they have become. In a broad sense, it is what America has become. After all, you don’t put more people in prison than anyone in the world without a mean streak and a desire to win that runs deeper than a desire for justice.





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  • There are no living people who could say I defrauded them. Huh, I think I may have worded that differently.

  • Too bad the Western NY DOJ is too stupid to realise what a positive spin it could be for them in the media, that in light of recent developments, they are dropping all charges.

    They could blame it all on the retired prosecutor and say this is the new, improved DOJ, where they don’t maliciously prosecute innocent people, anymore.

    Most fortunate you have that testimony.

  • What ever happened to right to a speedy trial??? This is completely insane.

  • After being exposed to the judicial (notice I didn’t use the word justice) system several times, I have ZERO confidence the right thing will be done.

  • Sounds like a medieval witch trial: once accused you’re death is certain… innocence wouldn’t saved you.

  • It is a fair question to ask. These are mens rea offenses also, so the Government has to improve intent.

    How can it be intent to defraud (on Frank’s part), if the Bronfmans were the ones that created and operated multiple companies? Also, there is nothing wrong with operating multiple companies, per set, unless their is an intent to defraud.

  • If DOJ dropped charges, nobody but NXIVM folks would really care. DOJ thinks that people pay far more attention to its infallibility than they do in reality. What a waste. I hope that reason catches up with them.

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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.” He also appeared in "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM, and was 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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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