More on Clare Bronfman’s bail package and her alleged crimes

Clare Bronfman leaves court after her bail hearing in July 2018. She was released on $100 million bail and subject to home confinement.

A few more details about Clare Bronfman’s court appearance today.

Clare was dressed in a black long-sleeved shirt and baggy slacks.

Basit Igtet, at one point, gave his sister-in-law’s shoulder a squeeze, while mom, Rita Georgiana Webb-Bronfman-Havers — who is now married to actor Nigel Havers — sat next to Clare, before the hearing began.

Clare’s defense attorney, Susan Necheles, said of Igtet and Clare, “Their relationship has been strained but he is married to Miss Bronfman’s sister and is committed to her.”

A blubbering Clare, wiped tears from under her glasses when Judge Nicholas Garaufis reminded her mom and brother in law that they’re there to keep her honest.

“I think she knows the responsibility as well,” said Basit Igtet. “She appreciates what we have taken on for her.”

The $100 million bond likely won’t be finalized for weeks, because prosecutors said they do not have an accurate picture of  Bronfman’s finances.

“We have records indicating there are two major trusts that were restructured in April 2018, we don’t know how many trusts were there before and we don’t know what happened to all of that money,” said Assistant US Attorney Karin Orenstein, who specializes in asset forfeiture cases.

Clare’s lawyer, Necheles said Clare has no “secret account.”

“There’s been no allegation here ever that money ended up in a secret account for Clare Bronfman,” she said. “There never has been any secret account.”

In court, Clare agreed to put up $25 million in cash and securities and several properties —including her private island in Fiji — as part of the collateral [and I use the word advisedly] on her $100 million bond.

The bail package includes a $4.2 million property in New York City, a $4 million estate in Ketchum, Idaho, a $13 million stake in the privately owned Fijian island of Wakaya, three properties in Clifton Park and Waterford valued at $3.1 million, and a horse farm in Knox worth $1.4 million.

Bronfman, her mother, and her brother-in-law, Basit co-signed the agreement. Sara owns some of the property jointly with Clare.  They would lose the cash and all of the properties if Clare were to flee.

Bronfman, 39, is accused of stealing passwords of people perceived to be enemies of the group in an effort to monitor their communications, as well as helping NXIVM leader Keith Raniere use a dead person’s credit card account [Pam Cafritz], prosecutors said.  Clare allegedly helped compile detailed lists of NXIVM enemies, including email addresses and phone numbers.

The alleged crimes include money laundering, identity theft, forced labor, sex trafficking and wire fraud.

One of the acts Clare allegedly did in the commission of her alleged felonies includes an allegation that she hacked into her own, now-deceased father’s computer between 2005 and 2008.

The Albany Times Union first reported in 2015 that Bronfman had been accused of conspiring with Keith Raniere to secretly implant a “keylogger” virus on the computer of Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., who died in December 2013.

The alleged hacking of Edgar Bronfman’s computer was done so that NXIVM member Ben Meyers and a young Mexican woman who was later imprisoned for 18 months by Raniere – could monitor Bronfman’s emails, including exchanges with Hillary Clinton.

Other allegations include that beginning in 2007, she and her sister, Sara, paid a Canadian investigative firm – Canaprobe – more than $1.8 million to illegally obtain financial records of U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and six federal judges who had presided or were presiding over litigation involving NXIVM.

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Clare faces up to 20 years if convicted of all charges but her attorney said that, under federal sentencing guidelines, she would face about 37 months in prison if convicted.

The Albany Times Union’s Brendan Lyons has another excellent story on the same topic: See:

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5 years ago

From Claire’s point of view she would probably prefer a separation of the sex slave/DOS crimes from the financial crimes.
Claire might know little or nothing about the DOS insanity.
The same is true with Nancy Salzman who reportedly was mad on V Day 2017 about the DOS revelations.

Combining the sex and the financial crimes into one trial might inflame a jury against the defendants who were not into Raniere and Mack’s personal cruelties.

Expect Claire’s lawyers to try to move for separate trials for NXIVM DOS and NXIVM financial crimes.

Joey Heinrich
Joey Heinrich
5 years ago

The New York Post reported that Clare Bronfman was blubbering and crying in court yesterday. A total wreck. It’s also been established by authorities that Clare cut through $150 million of her families ill-gotten fortune by spending the money on NXIVM. Those are the facts as alleged by authorities. It’s no longer stuff asserted by the good man Frank Parlato…it’s gone deeper than that. The US Feds are arguing the same thing now.

Talk about a comeuppance for Clare Bronfman. She’s looking at 20 years.

I don’t know the full scuttlebutt on Nancy Salzman and her daughter yet.

Wow…that’s the word.

Just Facts
Just Facts
5 years ago

Basit LoL an. entrepreneur. Lol. His dad was a radical Islamic extremists’ leader. He embezzled multi millions of dollars fromQaddafi And got caught. Basit ran off to Switzerland for 20 years and found his dads money he stole. He used that money to gain access into the Zionists because of his new found wealth. That’s how he found Sara and ended up marrying her. Jew found money marries into booze found money

I see what you did there, Frank...
I see what you did there, Frank...
5 years ago

Nice use of the term collateral…

Wondering about India Oxenberg?
Wondering about India Oxenberg?
5 years ago

Maybe a lawyer could give their perspective here.

Since EDNY has chosen not to indict India Oxenberg so far, and since the judge has already given his displeasure at moving the trial date so many times already, is it safe to say that no more rounds of indictments will be forthcoming? Since that would move the trial date even further, and the judge clearly isn’t happy with that idea (and the prosecutor knows this). If they give India her own later trial without Keith, the conviction chances would diminish.

Many alleged tax crimes related to NXIVM’s subsidiary ‘Delegates’ have not been pursued yet by the EDNY, because it’s public information that NXIVM’s entire ‘barter-for-work’ program was allegedly ran by Delegates, and the head of that operation is known to be India Oxenberg. Delegates was allegedly the payment arm for NXIVM related workers, AFAIK.

So I’m wondering how the EDNY can just let those alleged tax crimes go unpunished if India has not already agreed to flip for either immunity or a plea deal? If she hasn’t flipped already, then why would the EDNY not have indicted her last week — since the judge clearly isn’t open to moving the trial date again if new superseding indictments get unsealed at a later date, so I don’t see how the EDNY can just postpone that indictment for India.

Scott Johnson (@ScottTexJohnson)

Omar, I think you’re wrong. And remember folks, about half the lawyers are wrong at any given time, so probabilities are on my side here. The judge has only moved the trial once, and he expected it a long time ago, ever since the DOJ said there would be additional indictments, which we have just seen. It happens all of the time. Show me where the judge has shown his displeasure at moving the trial date. New indictments don’t automatically mean a delayed trial, they could hold separate trials with existing defendants or new ones. It’s done all the time. The financial crimes usually take longer to sort out, it happens all the time. I don’t see how you’re a lawyer. I’m not one and I picked apart your argument to the point there’s nothing left except for the bones for the vultures to pick over. LOL

LMAO. You must have misunderstood, Scottie boy.
LMAO. You must have misunderstood, Scottie boy.
5 years ago

I was ASKING for a real lawyer, such as FormerNexian, to give their perspective on what I was discussing. I wasn’t saying that I was a lawyer, dummy. Read it again. I was saying “maybe a lawyer could chime in here”.

As for your comment asking where the judge has shown his displeasure about moving the trial date, try reading the transcript from the June 12th hearing.

It wasn’t a big deal, but the judge made it known that the prosecutor had failed to live up to her promise of delivering the superseding indictments before that date (she had promised on May 5th to deliver the new indictments by 4-6 weeks (mid June).

The judge made it clear that the government needed to move with alacrity to determine how many defendants would be standing trial, and he seemed to suggest that Keith and Allison could get tried alone in October unless the government got their superseding indictments by the next hearing. He clearly wants to move things along, especially with Keith not getting bail. That’s all I was suggesting. No reason to flip out.

As for your other comment, the government doesn’t want separate trials because Keith’s presence (and the evidence against him) is something that will show the jury just how rotten the other defendants are for following him. They want everybody tried with Keith, you dummy.

But if I’m wrong about that or anything else, then I’d prefer a real lawyer answer and give their opinion, Scottie boy. 🙂

5 years ago

Why would you want FormerNexian’s input? Haven’t you read how corrupt he is? LOL

Cherry Garcia
Cherry Garcia
5 years ago

And I turned 41 in prison, doing life without parole..

Laura Darby - Clifton Park Correspondent.
Laura Darby - Clifton Park Correspondent.
5 years ago
Reply to  Cherry Garcia

No one could steer me right.. but Mama tried, mama tried (to bail me out)

I beg to differ
I beg to differ
5 years ago

Her lawyer claiming not even the slightest hint of violence…

Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation,” although the group acknowledges that the inclusion of “the use of power” in its definition expands on the conventional understanding of the word.

Setting up false indictments against people to steal their freedom is violence.

Trying to trick people into going to Mexico to be kidnapped and raped and possibly even killed is violence.

While she may not have actually succeeded in causing physical harm to people, she sure as hell has tried, and she has used her money to inflict massive amounts of psychological harm on the people she has terrorised.

That is violence.

What scum her lawyer is. Not that anybody expected somebody ethical. NXIVM can’t have anything to do with anybody with actual ethics.

Scott Johnson (@ScottTexJohnson)

This is the United States of America, not the World Health Organization. Take your globalist, snowflake position and stick it where the sun don’t shine. LOL

You're a fool
You're a fool
5 years ago

A drunk grandpa fool. A drunk grandpa fool yelling at clouds.

Scott Johnson (@ScottTexJohnson)
Reply to  You're a fool

Way to oppose the point I made with facts and logic…NOT! Checkmate. LOL

5 years ago

See Internet trolls and Dark triad @

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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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