Will Diamond: Sex trafficking may be hard to prove – but Jim Del Negro did plenty of financial crimes

By Will Diamond

Will Diamond

Even though Nxivm – and for personal reasons – I include Jim Del Nego – the poor man’s mini vanguard – has ruined many lives — and even though I am much impressed with Frank Parlato, and his never ending quest to destroy this evil cult – the fact remain that Keith Raniere [and James Del Negro] really did coerce, trained, taught and had sex with both single and married women and couples with families.

But it will be hard to prove it is a crime.

Del Negro was one of the worst in the bunch. I believe to this day that he used Raniere’s teachings to enlist, enroll, persuade, cajole, hypnotize and partly seduce and partly rape my girlfriend Rose.

The women in the group were/are, as anyone can see, hypnotized by Keith.  With his wit, charm and especially his lies – claiming to help them be ethical etc. – to get their guard down deceived them.

He swooped down – as many people known – onto the people they love. And destroyed them. Taking all their love and money away. Leaving a path of hurt and destruction. Anyone – any husband or parents who did not fall for their well planned scheme  – they would dismantle that relationship – literally destroy people’s lives and relationships.

This was done in large part for Keith [and in my case, Del Negro’s] sexual satisfaction and need to control. In a sense this is exactly what rich people do. They can buy whatever they want. They get off on control.

And Raniere and Del Negro – were in essence rich for they had the Bronfman riches at their complete disposal.

It enable them to take young people just starting out in life and get them to do their bidding. It’s like heroin to a heroin addict.

The fact is, and don’t like it, but I worry that Keith will walk free.

Why, you ask?

He didn’t actually blackmail these women. He gave them a choice.

“Want to get higher in the ranks of the stripe path? Then give me some incriminating collateral.”

They choose to do so. They wanted it . It was not, “if you don’t do this I’m going to do that,” it was ”if you want to do this, then I’ll do that.”

As for the branding. The defense team will show – with many witnesses – that this was really blown out of proportion by the morality police – i.e. the government.

The women may have been hypnotized and made to feel the need to show their leader devotion but how to you prove it?

How do you prove rape of the mind or not to sound corny – rape of the soul?

Physically they were willing and wanted to do this – when they did it.  And some felt power in doing so. Later they may have had regrets.

As bikers show their commitment to their club. Or frats. They took a certain pledges. It was meant to bind them – voluntarily.

The DOS women were not dragged, held down against there will. No they stayed – after told to strip naked – and they got branded and did not leave at their first opportunity to tell the police. No one called the next day and said I was forcibly branded.

All of them stayed and felt the need to show their leader[s] their commitment and their love for Keith Raniere. Even those who didn’t know Keith was directly the leader of this group, they knew that their slave masters were followers of Keith.

So they knew that at the back of DOS was Keith – directly or indirectly. It was his teachings and the promise was ascension into the higher ranks of the stripe path that brought them in. So this idea that they were coerced will be rebutted with “consideration” –  the legal, contractual “consideration” that by joining DOS they could rise on the stripe path – with teachings that cost zero – for DOS was free.

I am pretty sure that Marc Agnifilo – one of the leading defense attorneys in the USA – will have more DOS women on the witness stand proclaiming that they got something good and explaining the inducement that led to their tender of collateral than the government will have claiming they were victims.

And in cross examination Agnifilo will stick to that theme – that they sought gain in the stripe path and they voluntarily gave collateral.

Will it work? Agnifilo is a competent attorney and they have the Bronfman money for experts and investigators.

He will get into the mind of the women at the time it occurred and try to tear their claims to pieces and at the same time show Keith was fairly distant.

That the women’s minds were/are effected by so-called “brainwashing” that took years to accomplish – is something I believe.

But is that illegal?

To get these women to have this feeling – to show their love for Keith Raniere – and to want to learn from him so much that it was possible for them to think it was a good idea to give blackmail material and be branded like cattle is something the defense will try to show.

Is it impossible to disprove beyond a reasonable doubt?

MK10ART’s gruesome Branding Table.

The real crime to prove is not sex trafficking – though I admit there is a good chance that Allison Mack may get convicted for that – but quite possibly not Raniere. The real crime is fraud and tax evasion, massive racketeering. Their taking people’s life savings as part of a calculated system they used over and over again.

Getting celebrities like Kristin Kruek, Allison Mack, Grace Park, Kristana Loken, and the Bronfman sisters – to show its legitimacy was part of the scam.

If this case is dependent on sex trafficking alone, I believe, Keith has an excellent chance to walk.

So far, a few racketeering charges have been filed. They are not enough.

More charges need to be filed. And I understand the investigation is ongoing.

At the end of the day, they will find Keith Raniere had his name on little or nothing.

What about James Del Negro? He had his name on many documents. He collected money and signed checks. He was a chief money laundered.

He may be Raniere’s patsy much like Kathy Russell. He may be arrested with the next batch.

Like Raniere, Del Negro ruined a few lives. He was a mini vanguard. The second man in command. Using the same exact sex techniques as Raniere.

Was it coercion? That’s the government’s position. But I’ll put my money on racketeering and tax evasion.

And in that Jim Del Negro knows plenty and did plenty.

 

 

 

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  • I think where will is erring in his legal analysis is that consent is required every single step of the way. Nobody knows this better than the judicial system. Just the details laid out in the indictments makes it clear that women did not always consent.

    What Will Diamond dosen’t get is that the reason it was okay for Jim del Negro to sleep with his girlfriend was because she wasn’t in NXIVM. His big complaint was that he didn’t even have anybody to date because he couldn’t date anyone below him on the stripe path because it wasn’t ethical. Those were the rules for everybody, but Keith.
    Did that go out the window in recent years? Possibly. He is way too soy, though, to force himself on anybody. He finally got Keith’s leftovers with Esther. Even if he still has the physical equipment, he is totally emasulated.

    All that being said, he is the truest of true believers, and I don’t think he ever once questioned putting his name on corporations and bank accounts and signing whatever checks were put in front of him, and I fully expect him to go down for that. Personal tax evasion wise… IMO, he never saw the kind of money that Nancy and Lauren did. He always had a roof over his head because NXIVM gave him one. Even recently, I think he was still driving a beat up old Honda. I don’t think this is an act. I think he has been financially broke since he divorced his wife for NXIVM. He probably failed to file, so there are those charges.

    My heart broke for his parents reading the letter they wrote the judge.

    As Frank would say, Viva Executive Success !

      • Haha
        It’s pseudo troll knowledge … basically the troll researches a topic and then invents a story and identity around it.
        Right, Doc?

      • I heard quite a lot about a lot of people before I ever went to the intensive, and I was also introduced to people that I don’t think anyone else in my group was introduced to.

        Plus, people just tell me things. You would think I was a hairdresser or shoeshine or cab driver. Almost anyone will talk you ear off when you are capable of being a good listener, because people need to be heard, and rarely are.

        • What did you hear before going on an intensive? Any thing bad? If so, why do the intensive and be a part of it? Also, what year did you do it?

          • Your question is way too vague. Even if I didn’t have pregnant brain right now, I would never be able to recount every single conversation we had over those 8 months or so that we were hanging out. We even drove from about 8 hours roundtrip to go somewhere once and talked the entire way both directions. Not all of our conversations were about NXIVM, either. The only bad thing I knew about was female coaches being catty bitches and trying to climb over each other on the stripe path. I did think it was odd because it was supposed to be all about ethics, but basically there are a lot of women like that in a lot of businesses, so… shrug.
            2007

  • “Getting celebrities like Kristin Kruek, Allison Mack, Grace Park, Kristana Loken, and the Bronfman sisters – to show its legitimacy was part of the scam.”

    And they all went along with it. Who did not know about tax evasion?

    “Want to get higher in the ranks of the stripe path? Then give me some incriminating collateral.”

    Did coaches on the striped path, before DOS existed, hand over collateral?

    • NXIVM leadership attempted to get collateral on their members through getting them to do illegal actions such as not pay their taxes or bring cash across the Mexican border. They tested the waters of who would/wouldn’t through the questions they asked throughout all their trainings / coaching.

      Once they found their SUCKER, they would have them step over the legal line and hold that over their heads.

      • The College Project survey Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack were promoting for NXIVM had probing questions. They seem to try and recruit anyone who is pliable and rich.

        Would you say if you were on the striped path as a coach, you at least knew that NXIVM encouraged it’s members not to pay taxes? Would you say the higher up someone was on the striped path the more likely they engaged in such behavior? Also, did they encourage members to mule money from Canada to the US? Surely the money from Canada was illegally moved across the border as the US was their headquarters.

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