Keith Raniere’s lawyers claim the cost for his proposed security that would allow him to leave the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn and reside in a private home detention with guards would be $40,000 per month.
This proposal includes two guards round the clock and a supervisor to schedule them – plus a private secured car with a driver to take him to court, medical, and etc. This also include the house/mansion in which he is to be guarded and which will be located somewhere in the NYC area.
With two guards, 24/7, it means a minimum 1,440 hours of guarding Raniere, per 30 day month.
If the $40,000 figure Raniere’s lawyers are throwing out is just for the guards – and does not count the supervisor, or overlaps [guards don’t just immediately leave the minute the new guy shows up], or any rental or utilities costs for the house he is to be guarded in – the guards would have to be billed at less than $28 per hour.
If TorchStone, the private security company identified as providing the guards, is to make a profit – they would have to be paying the guards net something like $14 per hour – near minimum wage.
What kind of guards are these anyway? Will they be able to fend off a DOS slave attack of bad ass warrior bitches? Remember the Alamo?
The government argues that the $40,000 a month is low. “[Detention supervised by a full time private security company in other cases has been estimated to cost as much as $144,000 a month.”]
I estimate it will be higher. Here is my monthly estimates:
Rent of a mansion in New York City: $40,000
Food: $1,000 [Raniere has special taste although he does like pizza with hot sauce, macaroni and cheese and other reasonably inexpensive fare.]
Various luxuries: $2,000.
Guards: Billable hours @$100 per hour: 1500 hours: $150,000
Security vehicle: $1,000.
Reports and supervision of Mark Sullivan: $20,000 per month.