Nancy Salzman – granted $5 million bail – tells court she is facing life threatening illness

Nancy Salzman and her daughter Michelle.

The superseding indictment charging Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman, Clare Bronfman and Kathy Russell – along with Keith Raniere and Allison Mack – of running a criminal racketeering enterprise that included money laundering, extortion, sex trafficking and obstruction of justice as part of its operations – has now seen the new defendants all appear before judges in Albany and Brooklyn.

The two Salzmans – mother Nancy and daughter Lauren – were arrested and handcuffed – along with poor little Kathy Russell – their witless bookkeeper of many years.

Clare Bronfman was also taken into custody by federal agents in New York City. We are awaiting word from our correspondents at the scene.

The story of the arrests was broken first by the media outlet that has probably broken the most stories about NXIVM [with the possible exception of the Frank Report] the Albany Times Union.

Russell was first to appear – before U.S. Magistrate Daniel Stewart in Albany today.  She would have been released on  $25,000 cash bail. Her attorney said she had no access to cash.   Federal prosecutors had asked for $50,000.

She remains in custody at last report. This is another example of the efficacy of Executive Success Programs -Russell has worked for NXIVM – and took the Executive Success Program courses – for some 17 years – and could not come up with even a modest bail.

Lauren Salzman’s grandparents (Nancy’s Mother and father) — who are traveling from New Jersey today  — agreed to pay $50,000 cash against a $5 million bond. If the money is delivered on time, Lauren will get bail. Her mom, Nancy Salzman will be released pending the signing of a $5 million surety bond that will be signed by her parents and her friend, Capital Region resident David Messing.

Within 10 days, Nancy will have to provide authorities with information on eight properties she owns that have a combined estimated value of $1 million (What kind of houses are these that are only worth $125,000 each?)

The mother and daughter Salzmans will be allowed to maintain contact with each other, the judge said, because Lauren is helping care for her mother, who is facing what he termed a life-threatening medical condition.

Frank Report revealed last summer that Nancy had told friends she had cancer. This would be her second bout with the dreaded disease (She claims to have been cured the first time by Vanguard’s “technology”).

The Salzmans will appear in federal court tomorrow alongside their Vanguard – and Allison Mack – at 2 p.m. in Brooklyn.

Bronfman was scheduled to make her court appearance at 3 p.m. today in Brooklyn.

Raniere, 57, has been denied bail and Mack is free on home arrest, an ankle monitor and $5 million bail; she lives with her parents in Orange County California  – although she is expected to be in Brooklyn tomorrow – joining her Vanguard, her Prefect, [Nancy Salzman,] her fellow slave, Lauren Salzman and the stooge, Kathy Russell.

Poor Kathy – so many times I tried to warn her to leave – and cut a deal. She was defiant and now sits in custody.

The fate of Karen Unterreiner, Karen Abney, Emiliano Salinas, Alejandro Betancourt, James Del Negro and a host of others – hangs in the balance. More arrests are possible.

But poor Kathy Russell – such a low-level member. Maybe she is proud to be thought of so highly to be arrested in the same batch as Prefect and Clare Bronfman.

Kathy was best at keeping double sets of books. Keith kept her at a low salary and often made fun of her to the others. She was the butt of many of his jokes.

He told Kathy that if she followed his teachings carefully – and paid for all the courses – and worked at low wages – to heal her ethical breaches – she could become a star ballerina – her dream – she would become a world-famous Prima Donna.

The problem is that she is 60 years old.

Viva Executive Success!


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  • (What kind of houses are these that are only worth $125,000 each?)

    There are many houses that are worth that–small, ranch style homes aren’t that expensive and Nancy could own a crop of them.

  • You make a huge assumption that Mark and Sarah didn’t pay their taxes. Do you have any proof they didn’t.

    Not everyone in NXIVM avoided their taxes. I was questioned often about why I paid my taxes since it was an unethical system according to NXIVM. I continued to pay my taxes even though I often got punished for it.

    After I left NXIVM, the NY State AG contacted me a few times. I told them about the tax issues (as others have) and that Nancy Salzman, Barbara Jeske and other high levels personally told me that they were not paying their taxes personally or NXIVM corp.

    NOTHING was done about taxes nor are there any charges regarding taxes, yet in this case.

    Both Mark and Sarah have done a great deal to expose this criminal organization and without them, most likely would still be branding women and gathering sex slave for Vanpoo.

  • hahhaha! 17 years of working for NXIVM an taking Executive failure programs and can’t muster up a few grand, fucking hilarious! Sounds much like other NXIVM members I know.

    • I was just explaining to my husband that there are probably 10 people or less who really made a big profit on this.

      Sarah Edmonston likely made a small fortune. She is already a witness, and will, hopefully, have been smart enough to settle her issues with Canada Revenue and the IRS as part of that process.
      Mark Vicente, as well. Same situation as Sarah Edmonston.
      Keith Raniere, but he kept things in other peoples’ accounts except for cryptocurrencies.
      Nancy Salzman, who made so much she accidentally overlooked 500K in a shoebox.
      Lauren Salzman was likely just as comfortable as her mother, along with her sister Michelle.
      Alex Betancourt and Emi Salinas did quite well with Mexico along with whatever other monkey business may have been going on with their “currency exchange” and their “capital fund”.
      The Boones probably did pretty well, too. That’s about it.

      That is it. Everybody else is broke. Rosa Laura Junco cut off from her father’s fortunes. The Bronfmans have lost fortunes, even if they still have ten times that to lose.

      Everybody was kept broke on purpose. I think keeping them hungry was supposed to be part of keeping them loyal. Most of them have zero career prospects outside of the organisation.

      Ben Meyers can get a tech job, but name any other long-term Nexian who has something to go to. They are ferhoodled.

      • Mark Vincente made a mint, working on his fake film for Raniere, that took 4 years and $4 Million to make.

        He also picked up a US VISA, as he is a South African national and refuses to return to his home country.

        Sound familiar???

        • I really respect the fact that when he found out from Sarah Edmonston what was going on, he immediately shut down the Los Angeles centre. He has been very outspoken against NXIVM since then, too, which loads of other people (Kreuk, Hildreth, et al) have not had the morals or courage to do. I am not sure why he deleted all his blog posts about his experiences around getting out of NXIVM, but I am sure he had a good reason. It could have to do with him testifying in the future.

          So, I do think it is important to give him some credit for what he has done since then.

          I wouldn’t want to be white in South Africa these days. My understanding is that he was in the US legally prior to getting involved in NXIVM, and he is also married to a woman who is in the US legally.

          At any rate, I expect he will testify at trial. Like I said, I hope he has made his peace with whatever powers that be, so he and his wife can get on with their lives.

          In the meantime, I still think it is important to support people who have gotten out. Especially when their degree of actively speaking out and working to stop NXIVM is appropriate for their level of past involvement.

          • Mark Vicente did not immediately shut down the LA branch when women came forward in 2012 talking about how they were raped by Keith Raniere when they were children, even with a police report published. He and Edmondson both stayed in another five years, making money for themselves and the cult. Both of them must of known about tax evasion and money laundering operations. Why would they not be investigated and even charged if they did? A crime is a crime. You can’t say they can settle their tax situation and move on. They should be investigated for not declaring taxes for all those years.

            You mention Kreuk and Hildreth. Both of them were deeply involved with the cult and are not being spoken about.

          • Don’t try to twist what I said.

            Mark Vicente did shut down LA immediately when Sarah Edmonston told him what was going on with DOS.

            When people come forward and admit the situation and settle with Canada Revenue or the IRS, there is nothing to investigate. It is just like how a judge has no case to see when there is no dispute. Persons are only ever prosecuted for tax evasion when they lie and / or refuse to file. Persons who haven’t filed can usually avoid that by just going in and being honest.

            They can absolutely settle with the relevant agencies and get on with their lives as best they can. Witnesses are generally not prosecuted, and both of them came forward without anything hanging over their heads as far as criminal charges. It is not like they were indicted and then cut a deal.

            They have been emotionally damaged, too, and have a lot of healing to do. At least they can do it with their heads held high, because they have done the honourable thing and done whatever they can to stop this from happening to anybody else.

            Ironically, it is a bit ridiculous to say that I mentioned people and say they aren’t being spoken about. They were just spoken about.

          • Not twisting your comments. Start again. Many victims and opponents of NXIVM came forward over the years including victims of Keith Raniere’s paedophilia in 2012. Many whistleblowers were attacked by the cult. Both the LA and Vancouver branches stayed open. It was not until Edmondson was personally affected that she left along with Vicente. Vicente shut down his branch after Edmondson was affected, not when early victims were affected.

            As for the tax evasion, admitting to a crime (not paying taxes on purpose) does not change the fact you committed a crime. That is what was meant. You can try and do the right thing, but you still committed a crime. That was the point.

            As for Kreuk and Hildreth, in general, they are not being discussed.

          • Interesting that he deleted his blog posts on NXIVM. I wonder when he did that, and if he was asked to remove them.

            I hope Scientology is the next cult to go down. There are so many ex members speaking out about Scientology, yet nothing seems to be done about it. Maybe something will happen now – pull enough strings and sometimes everything unravels.

          • He just moved them out of his main blog and onto a separate section of his site. You can find them in the top menu bar by clicking on the “Whistleblower” link. Hope this helps if anyone’s looking for them.

        • And speaking of words, one of these insiders has a lot of money to make from a tell all book turned TV movie/feature. It’s going to come down to who avoids conviction (can’t profit from criminal activities via book or tv/movie deals) and who gets to the punch first. Catherine Oxenberg is writing a book, but that’s an outside looking in book.

          • People aren’t supposed to profit from their crimes, but look at Teresa Giudice, and tell me how she has gotten away with it.

            I think the really juicy book won’t come until the whole thing has run its course through the courts.

        • The real translation is f*cked, but most won’t tell you that is what it actually translates to. 😉

  • Who is this David Messing willing to help with bail? Now we know why she was emptying out house over the weekend.
    She probably was aware of indictment from her attorney.

      • He is no longer a Financial advisor.


          • But you can bet the Feds are going to be looking into how he has the $ to back this bail, and I would not at all be surprised to find out he is holding funds for Nancy Salzman.

            This guy is a “so-called” Trader with very poor employment history. How could he have millions of dollars to pony up in case she disappears?

    • Keith actually allows Nancy to keep a male friend???? Bet Vanguard thinks that rat bastard is a leveler & shifter, huh Nancy? I feel for you, Nancy & Lauren, but you can’t say we didn’t warn you.

  • So if Nancy Salzman has a “life-threatening” illness, how exactly was she planning on following through on her guarantee of six months of once a week coaching for the low, low price of 60,000$US cash upfront ?

    And, how exactly was Lauren taking care of her hanging out in Mexico with Raniere or hanging out in Brooklyn to be close to him in jail ?

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.” 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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