Joe O’Hara lists some of the tax evasion schemes of NXIVM members

Joe O'Hara was spied on by NXIVM, but the spies they hired were so incompetent that they provided phony bank statements.
By Joe O’Hara

Many – not all – of the people who were named in my 2012 lawsuit were engaged, in some way, with NXIVM’s massive tax evasion scheme.

Some of those were only involved in not reporting the income they received from NXIVM and/or NXIVM-related entities.

Others were involved in many more aspects of the tax evasion scheme – which involved lots of different components. These included, but were not limited to, the following:

  1. Failure to report regular income;
  2. Failure to report cash income;
  3. Bringing in unreported money from foreign countries;
  4. Maintaining multiple sets of books for various companies;
  5. Establishing multiple companies with the same name in different jurisdictions;
  6. Structuring financial transactions in order to avoid reports by banks to the government;
  7. Money laundering;
  8. Filing false tax returns;
  9. Filing false reports; and
  10. Failing to report payments made to employees and independent contractors. .

In addition, others that I named in the 2012 lawsuit were involved in crimes that were not financial in nature. Several of those crimes have already surfaced – and I believe that more will do so in the future.

And before someone reminds me again, Yes – I did not name everyone who should have been named in the 2012 lawsuit! But if they were left out, it was because (a) I didn’t have enough evidence to make a claim against them or (b) I hadn’t heard about their involvement in whatever illegal operations they were involved in.

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  • – And before someone reminds me again, Yes – I did not name everyone who should have been named in the 2012 lawsuit! But if they were left out, it was because (a) I didn’t have enough evidence to make a claim against them or (b) I hadn’t heard about their involvement in whatever illegal operations they were involved in.

    Yet, this is difficult to believe that all of these hundred or more people – or “many” because you’ve never used the word all, although you seem to imply it when explaining yourself – you supposedly have evidence against for engaging in such criminal activity, you could find no such evidence or just “forgot” or “hadn’t heard” anything for the person who ran one of the most lucrative centers for NXIVM – the one in Vancouver – such that you left her of all people off the list, i.e., Sarah Edmondson.

  • Having a look at the list, most of those named individuals are known big names in NXIVM.

    You say many, not all the named individuals were engaged in some way with tax evasion. Do you have any idea who was not engaged in tax evasion? Also, what makes you think they were not involved with tax evasion?

    On Necker Island in 2010, the attendees were all trusted NXIVM people. Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Mark Hildreth, Nancy Salzman, Sara Bronfman, Emiliano Salinas, Alejandro Benecourt etc. John Tigue who exposed this trip in February 2012, when you filled your lawsuit said those on Necker Island discussed how to move huge amounts of money around the globe.

    “the attendees began to plot the massive logistics of moving massive amounts of money around the globe to avoid taxation. Attendees brainstormed about moving funds to various Caribbean locations. I am afraid that many of these conversations were held away from prying ears. Participants, having set up their new power structure and with new money laundering ideas being batted around, went back home to preach to the masses, the very rich masses or young masses that is.”

    Those people on Necker Island were named in your lawsuit.

    John Tigue, in his article about Necker Island named the full Executive Board, which included Mark Vicente (Executive of Enrollment), Emiliano Salinas (Executive of Standards), Alejandro Benecourt (Marketing Executive), Clare Bronfman (Chief of Operations), Lauren Salzman (Chairman of Education), Karen Unterreiner (Executive of Humanities).

    All these people were named in the lawsuit.

    John Tigue, in the same article revealed Juliana Vicente and Siohban Hotaling were involved with the money laundering operations. They too were named in the lawsuit.

    Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack and Mark Hildreth were all named in the lawsuit.

    “A charismatic speaker, he (Mark Vicente) had teamed with the Canadians Mark Hildreth, Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack to sell NXIVM poison in Vancouver. While Salinas is Mexican royalty, these three stooges have a vast following among teen and preteen girls. The perfect combination really, money from Mexico and girls from Canada.”

    I can’t imagine anyone on your list not being involved with tax evasion as an absolute minimum. These were devoted cult members, coaches on the striped path. The celebrities, especially Kristin Kreuk were instrumental in boosting recruitment and became the face of these recruitment efforts (Girls By Design, Juicy Peach, College Project, Acopella). She coached in Vancouver, Albany, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Allison Mack is now going to face trial. Mark Hildreth was deep in the cult for at least a decade. DOS lasted for just two years. The crimes were going on years before that.

    • Because so many wealthy, powerful people profited from NXIVM one should expect that NXIVM will be resurrected in one form or another after the trial.
      If necessary with Mexican money from the Salinas crime family.

    • This process for the government will become a cottage industry – there’s so much to identify and uncover, and the names involved are surprising. Hopefully the incarceration of Keith, Clare and eventually Sara will encourage those who are afraid to speak now open up and help the government out —

      • Afraid of what? They are not victims. They participated in crimes because they wanted to participate in crimes. That makes them criminals. Are they afraid of being punished themselves? Do they believe they should not be punished? Are they willing to “help the government out” as long as they are let off the hook? Do they want to see their fellow criminals go to jail while they are allowed to walk free as if they didn’t do anything? If you knowingly break the law, you should be punished for it.

        • There are many people who have been chicken to speak up who are not criminals. If you don’t know why, you must be new.

          • Speak up on what? They knew about crimes but did not directly participate? Please elaborate.

        • They ARE victims – of a cult and a master manipulator, who severely punishes anyone who leaves or defies him. The abusive litigation and intimidation are legendary. Death threats. Forcing people to sign self incrimidating documents. Would you step up and volunteer to destroy you life? Those who fear to speak out have good reason.

        • Very idealistic of you to hold these views. I don’t argue with you – but there are some victims – especially Clare’s – such as DOS slaves who are now witnesses who honestly don’t deserve imprisonment, no matter what they saw or discovered or new for fact while members of DOS. Those are the type victims to which I was referring. For instance, women who were used as mules to carry large sums cash from point A to point B, knowing full well that what they were doing was illegal – not their money mind you, but NXIVM-Bronfman cash – should they be punished and incarcerated after cooperating with the government, serving as witnesses in the trials that will put evil people such as Clare and Keith behind bars where they definitely do belong?

          • What about those who voluntarily knowingly participated in crimes? Such as deliberately not revealing NXIVM earnings? Sarah Edmondson and Mark Vicente were more than happy to be criminals. That was their choice. They deserve to be punished by the law.

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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.” 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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