Raniere’s ‘Financial Affidavit’ lists two dependents – his sons – but one is not a dependent – he’s in hiding from his father

His name is Keith Raniere. But he has instructed his followers to call him Vanguard - the leader of the new thought. .

Keith Raniere can afford security guards, a private home and $10 million bail.  But in his Pretrial Supervision financial affidavit – which he signed  – Raniere claims he has zero income.  He completed his affidavit in the Northern District of Texas, just two days after his arrest in Mexico – and well before he started getting advice from his current phalanx of high-priced attorneys.

In it, he claimed to be self-employed. His work is as a “Self Empowerment/ Personal Growth Classes.” For this work, he made $0 a month, and had no “cash on hand or money in savings or checking account.”

So how can a Self Empowerment guru who offers Personal Growth Classes make zero money?  Maybe because he does not need money.

As the government wrote in their opposition papers, Raniere “stated that his clothes ‘usually appeared’ without his paying for them. See Vanessa Grigoriadis, The “Sex Cult” That Preached Empowerment, New York Times Magazine, May 30, 2018.”

When asked if he owned any “real estate, stocks, bonds, notes, automobiles, or other valuable property,” he reported only a 50% interest in a house he estimated to be worth $60,000 and a reference to “Property probate Court from Pamela KFritz.”

The government noted that Raniere “has publicly admitted that he does not pay taxes, claimed that it is because he ‘live[s] under the poverty level.’”

On Raniere’s Financial Affidavit., he was asked if he has any dependents.  By definition a “dependent is someone who is sustained by another person, such as a child supported by his or her parents.” Raniere lists as his dependents two children – one age 11 and the other 7 months old.

The question, however, was not if he had children. A dependents is not the same thing as offspring.  His eldest child left with his mother in February 2014 – the mother fleeing with child to escape this dangerous madman. The 11 year old is not Raniere’s dependent. That is a gross misrepresentation on the Financial Affidavit.

Raniere does not support the 11 year old child. He admits he has no contact with the child.  Back when the child was arguably his dependent, [when  he and his mother lived in Clifton Park],  Raniere denied to the NXIVM community (where he was a Self Empowerment/Personal Growth Classes guru) that he was the father of the child – preferring to fool them that he was a celibate monk type.

This is good self-empowerment strategy, But it gets worse. Raniere told the lie that his own child was an orphan and forced the mother to also tell the lie  to the NXIVM community. [I know because I was personally told the lie]. The mother was forced to say her own son was not hers but a child whose mother died at childbirth. [Think of how sick that notion is – to let others believe – and perhaps the child himself believe – that his mother died giving him birth and the father was unknown when Raniere – the Self Empowerment Teacher – was living next door.]

Only after the mother fled with the child did Raniere finally publicly acknowledge the boy was his own son. It was not love that made him do so. To the contrary, he wanted to find and punish the mother. So he needed a legal excuse to hire private detectives to hunt her down – on the pretense that he wanted custody of his beloved son.

As for dependents, I think it is fair to say that Raniere is now a dependent of the US government. They sustain him with food, housing and even clothing – which all magically appear.

Raniere is likely to be a dependent of the US Government for years to come. Perhaps it will be for the rest of his miserable life.





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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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