Buffalo News: Seagram’s heir goes from accuser in Niagara Falls case to accused in NYC case

Frank Parlato [From Vice/HBO]
The motto is Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur. It means  “who prosecutes on behalf of the Lady Justice.”

Ultimately the Department of Justice [Western District of New York] dropped the Bronfman charges against me. Just as the Eastern District readied to charge Bronfman.

It is fair. Bronfman perjured herself to get me indicted. She and Raniere were the causes of my indictment.

It helped, of course, that Governor Andrew Cuomo – and some of his donors, who I exposed for their corrupt associations in my newspaper, the Niagara Falls Reporter – wanted me indicted.  It is a long story but, in short, Cuomo’s lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, was married to then-US Attorney for the Western District of NY – William Hochul.  I had exposed top Cuomo donors like James Glynn  [Maid of the Mist], his partner, Jeremy Jacobs, [Delaware North] and Mark Hamister [Hotelier].

This caused them considerable grief and embarrassed Cuomo. So much so that he both threatened and offered – through one of his minions – money to me to stop publishing attack stories.  I declined and continued to write about them.

Glynn lost his Canadian Maid of the Mist lease and had to pay double the rent on the US side to keep his Maid of the Mist boat tour in New York – because of my investigative reports. I wrote 80 stories before the Toronto Globe and Mail – and then the New York Times – picked up my story. Glynn was cooked and 11 Niagara Parks Commissioners had to resign or were fired.

The result for the people of Ontario is that the new boat tour operator [Hornblower Cruises] paid $300 million more for the lease for the boat tours [over 30 years] and Glynn was forced to pay an extra $60 million on the New York side.

For the first time in history – the Maid of the Mist boat tours in Niagara Falls were opened up to competitive bidding because of my reporting in the Niagara Falls Reporter. It gained f$360 million or the people in extra revenue for their lease in the Niagara Falls parks.

But this gain for the public did not make anyone in elite circles of Buffalo – Niagara Falls happy. An asshole [me] with a weekly newspaper was busting up their crooked deals. I was deep on the trail of a very corrupt hotel deal with insane public funding in Niagara Falls – and then fortuitously for the forces of corruption in Western New York – along comes Clare Bronfman with her perjury.

Hochul seized upon the Bronfman criminal complaint against me as a chance to do a favor for the power elites. [And if there are any so naive out there who think the US justice system is so pure that personal animus and political vendettas play no role in who gets indicted, I commend you for your faith in the sanctity of human nature.]

Hochul assigned Anthony Bruce to follow up on the Bronfman complaint and, sure enough, more than four years later – it took four years because there was no evidence – I was indicted.

After that, Bruce retired and took a job with a local law firm and Hochul also retired early – after indicting me – to take a job at quadruple pay for Jeremy Jacobs – Glynn’s partner – and one-time partner of the Bronfmans in Arizona.

It could be all a coincidence. I am not a conspiracy nut – but I have found that people in power tend to know each other and tend to do each other favors and they do not need to hit themselves over the head to understand what they are doing for one another. They usually don’t have to send emails to spell it out.

Whether Cuomo/Kathy and Bill Hochul/Glynn/Jacobs/Hamister etc. had a hand in cooking up a bogus indictment against me remains for me to prove. What I have proven thus far is that Bronfman-Raniere crooked up phony charges against me -and those charges were dropped.

It remains for me to prove the rest of the charges were equally bogus and corrupt.

What I came to learn was that innocent people are charged – like I was – and few have the resources or the ability to fight back. The innocent often take plea deals – and I do not for a minute blame them. I blame the Department of Justice for not having the moral compass to know that no one should want to risk going to their graves knowing they put innocent people in prison – just to preserve the honor of an institution or to rack up high conviction stats.

Yes, I learned innocent people go to prison all the time in America – and an indictment is as good as a conviction most times – for few can fight the system.

I am still naive enough to wish there were a greater dedication to justice, rather than a dedication to convictions, at the US Department of Justice. I suspect it has long been the culture there to use the word Justice in their name in an Orwellian sense. Like the Ministry of Truth – in the book 1984 – was tasked with lying to the public.

The tragedy of this is that in order to punish political targets, [and some genuinely guilty people], they must keep up their conviction rates – and to do that, they need a veneer of infallibility and invincibility and the pretense of being driven only by the highest standards and morals. The Department of Justice must always maintain it adheres to the highest ethical standards.  An infallible organization, filled with angelic creatures, such as US Attorneys and their assistants – who can never admit they charged the wrong man [or woman]. They have to save face at all costs, for if they were to err once, then how could juries ever believe they could not err twice, or many times. Then, there would be trials instead of plea bargains 95 percent of the time.

And that is why 10 percent of exonerates in federal prison had taken plea bargains. They were innocent, but they had no faith in the system and/or had to succumb to injustice – for they had not the money to afford a top flight attorney – or the appetite to risk trial – and nothing they could say or do could persuade the Department of Justice to seek justice.

They were charged and once they were charged, the Department of Justice cannot drop a case – for that would make them look fallible and the Department of Justice cannot afford to look fallible. So, they abrogate Blackstone’s rule of 10 [It is better that ten guilty ones escape than that one innocent suffer] and created a rule of their own – “It is better for the Department of Justice that 10 innocent men go to prison than one innocent man embarrass us.”

For my own part, I had to show that the ones who fomented my indictment, Clare and Keith, were the guilty ones.

I brought evidence of their guilt to the Department of Justice, Western District of New York in 2015. Assistant US Attorney Anthony Bruce ignored it. As a result, Keith Raniere was free for three more years to brand women.

Instead, Bruce spent his time investigating me [and defending Bronfman]. He claimed he had to indict me under orders of his boss William Hochul. He was very wroth when I refused to take a plea deal.

When I started publishing stories about Bronfman-Raniere, Bruce went before the judge – on the day of my arraignment – and tried to get a gag order. The judge refused, saying I had a First Amendment right.

I kept publishing and finally the New York Times published the story of branding women – which I broke four months earlier – and then [the Eastern District of New York] Department of Justice started to investigate and soon after arrested Raniere, then later Clare Bronfman – the one who first filed her perjurious charges against me.

Over in the Western District Department of Justice – they dropped the Bronfman charges in May, but have held on to some impossible-to-prove and really rather silly charges of what amounts to “attempted tax evasion.” [Klein Conspiracy] and that I somehow defrauded a dead partner of mine who never once complained about me – but rather praised me – on the record – in a civil case – just days before he died.  He made millions with me and never lost a dime.

His death is convenient – since Clare Bronfman as a victim is hardly a witness they can call a victim.

I understand – “the honor of the Department” and all that. They can’t just walk away. So next, I will have to show how corrupt the Assistant US Attorney Anthony Bruce [now retired- right after indicting me] was and his cozy relationship with the Bronfman’s attorney, William Savino. And try to prove whether Cuomo and his cronies played a hand in their ignoring evidence that proved I was innocent.

This has consumed years of my life. It started with a madman named Raniere and his ghoulish assistant Clare Bronfman.

All told, I wrote 1800 stories about the Bronfman-Raniere crime syndicate before they were arrested. I suppose I will have to write as many about Bruce – and how a corrupt Assistant US Attorney can survive and thrive inside the Department of Justice – where the prevailing culture is not justice but convictions.

I learned a lot about sociopaths and psychopaths – from Keith and Clare. I rather suspect Bruce is one also. I think he got a secret thrill when he indicted an innocent man – more so than when he indicted a guilty one.

All of this will likely come out in time. In the meantime, the Buffalo News published this story last week following Clare’s arrest and indictment.  It adds to the narrative and puts on the record an accomplishment of mine – taking my initial accuser and helping her become the accused.

It doesn’t happen every day. Not at the Department of Justice.




Seagram’s heir goes from accuser in Niagara Falls case to accused in NYC case 

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A few months ago, Clare Bronfman was the accuser, the victim.

Today, the Seagram’s liquor heir is in federal custody facing criminal charges.

Bronfman, a key witness in the original prosecution of Niagara Falls developer Frank Parlato Jr., was arrested Tuesday and charged with taking part in a criminal conspiracy that involved sex trafficking, identity theft and money laundering.

Parlato, who is also a weekly newspaper publisher, was among the first to write about Sara and Clare Bronfman, and their ties to Keith Raniere and NXIVM, an Albany-based self-help group that some critics consider a cult.

“Now, at last, all the victims if this so-called cult can breathe easy,” Parlato said Tuesday.

In the federal government’s initial prosecution of Parlato, he was accused of stealing $1 million from the Bronfmans.

The charges were later dropped, and Parlato attributed the decision to his newspaper stories about the sisters and their link to NXIVM….

The dropped charges against Parlato followed extensive news coverage of NXIVM and Raniere and the allegations that he operated a secret society that forced women to have sex with him.

The allegations, which include claims that women were branded with a cauterizing device, have been aired by the The New York Times, New York Post and others, and many have credited Parlato with first uncovering them….

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  • And yes, “Peaon” and “Monty” are the same clever character indeed. This criminal network is known to get their jollies off of making up the most immature sounding aliases possible then trying to convince everyone that they’re actual real names.
    Not surprising why they also have to help others kidnap and hold children hostage to serve their inept needs. The epitome of Intellectual, social and mental deficiency at its lowest.

  • Btw, “peaonyu” is one of your most prized ‘informants’, Frank– same one giving you self-serving advice and blocking real victims stories and comments from getting to you. Too bad you’ve been tricked into giving him so much control over your site. This ‘informant’ once duped me too. At which time he noted many times, “keep your friends close but your enemies closer” is one of his fav philosophies.
    Tried to tell you this before but I’m the one you wrote off due to his fantastic advice. No worries though, he’ll likely push this comment to spam and delete it before you ever see it anyway.

  • “What I came to learn was that innocent people are charged – like I was – and few have the resources or the ability to fight back.”

    Our story exactly. Not to mention cuomo & all his minions hidden involvement. Too bad you’re not using your platform to truly help those victims who are most innocent & defenseless get their voices heard as you claim to be. If that was your main goal, you’d be surprised by how much resolution you’d get in your own questions about your cases.
    Yet you instead choose to listen to YOUR ‘informants’ who are all part of the problem- you’re just as controlled as his minions are. But because you’ve turned your back on cases like ours based off of others self-serving advice, youll never know just how much info could’ve and would’ve been shared- much of which could’ve and wouldve helped you find answers you’ve been so desperarely seeking to prove what your own gut instincts have been saying all along.

    That’s the funny thing about the golden rule and karma- they are always at work whether or not we realize it. You get what you give- plain and simple. When you are genuinely watching out for others and their best interests, you get watched out for in return. And most ironically, it’s typically those asking for your help that you write off who are the same ones who could’ve helped YOU the most. You’ll see what I mean soon. Fortunately there are others out there who do get this concept.

  • Imagine that, both Pea Onyu and Monte show up in the same post at the same time nearly, just minutes apart.

    I guess they really are the same troll. Flowers was right.

    Pea used to have a more convincing act, she wasn’t as insane sounding before, but now she’s outed herself as Monte the troll.

    As you said Pea, I do not advocate violence either but if you wish to exit this world on your own, I don’t think anybody would miss you. Please improve the world by exiting. 🙂

  • Yes I agree with Monte. The end justifies the means. I wish Carlos Salinas would do the right thing and put an end to Mr. Parlato’s mayhem. Maybe he could invite him to Mexico and host him there. Parlato should be stopped. He can be stopped. I would not trust the DOJ to stop him. He’s too slick. Our Onyu native family heritage and tradition teaches us a peaceful way of living for those who tread the path of peace. But for usurpers and destroyers of peace we believe in swift justice. Keith Raniere teaches the same thing. This is what he meant by “I have had people killed for my beliefs or theirs.” We have a slogan “Yule Goga Fongu Calavatari” “ Be compassionate but when a snake is about to bite your child strike hard.” This is why Keith did his so called “abusive liitgation” to stop snakes like Toni Natalie and Barbara Bouchey and it worked. He was not trying to do anything but save the teachings and keep them pure. The monstrous devil must be stopped. I am not advocating murder or assasination but if Frank should be struck by a car or by a bolt of lightning or commit suiicde one fine day the world would be a better place. Just saying. I know it. Carlos Salinas knows it or ought to know it. Just saying. I’m not making an illegal threat or advocating murder but excercising free speech. If someone had stopped Hitler early on the world would have been better off. When time goes by Parlato will be known as worse than Hitler for the lies he made convinced liars of the truth of lies. He will be known as the Judas Iscariot of the modern age. But there is time yet not to repeat the sins of the Jews with Christ. Keith Raniere must be freed.

    • Have you ever considered the possibility that maybe you’re fucked in the head? Seriously, get some help. You just advocated murder online, for a man you’ve probably never met, because he took perfectly-legal actions against Keith Raniere/Clare Bronfman…WHO WENT AFTER HIM FIRST.

      If your “great and ethical” friends had left the man alone, none of this would be happening, but instead, they picked a fight with a guy who chose to fight back.

      Your “World’s Smartest Man” screwed up, big time.

      And yet, here you are, attempting to portray the fat little monster as some kind of victim.

      You have serious mental problems.

      • No Frank Parlato started this when he would not return the million dollars. All he has to do was give the money back to Keith. Keith had to do the ethical thing otherwise Frank would have been able to keep the undeserved. million. Keith forced Frank not to spend the money and in this respect Keith won. What Keith did was fight the monster and while it seems the monster Frank won, temporarily. in the end history will judge it differently. Frank is evil and Keith is pure and Keith will win in court and be acquitted and Frank will be taken care of. He is laughing now but in the end when Keith gets out of jail he will punish Frank -if Frank lives that long. The way he is messing with Senor Carlos Salinas I would not want to do any long term business deals with Mr. Frank. Just saying.

        • By this you mean Carlos Salinas has something to do with Keith Raniere?why did Emi delete all info of him having to do with Kr? You are absolutely standing on top of a lymbo space and will soon have a great fall. And no, You are not an espían because you are speaking with dishonor of parlato. Don’t forget to put before the word “in my opinion” lol

    • Pea
      Frank will have no affect on whether or not Keith gets a fair trail. If Keith has broken laws, and the prosecutors are able to show proof that he has, then Keith will be convicted.

      Those who have no respect for the laws (laws which were made to respect the rights of everyone) go to jail. Frank has nothing to do with that.

    • Pea Onyou

      I took the trouble to look up on Google this phrase you used: “Yule Goga Fongu Calavatari”
      All I could find was a picture of women in yoga outfits exercising with goats.

      In all seriousness I have to ask you this question in the words of Shlomo Finkelstein:
      “Have you ever considered the possibility that maybe you’re fucked in the head? Seriously, get some help.”

  • This evil man Parlato should not get off he has helped cause the destruction of pure good and turned the tables of good and bad making himself out to be good when he is the bad one Lucifer must be laughing in his throne. Unless of course he has come to earth In the form and the person of Frank Parlato. Yes he has helped crucify Keith and those with hearts that are not made of stone know it all too well. Free Keith. Incarcerate Parlato. Let justice prevail.

    • Justice will prevail and it’s happenning already, or why do you think all the money in the world is not able to buy Keith’s bail??

  • You are make Boris think about Joe Pesci in Cousin Vinny.Boris has Cousin Olga who look like Vinny but have beard.Spasibo!

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.” 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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