As we wait for the prosecution to turn over copies of whatever evidence it’s already gathered to the six defendants in the pending U.S. v. Raniere Et Al criminal case, we have time to pause and consider what crimes – and who – might be included in any future superseding indictments in the case. And based on information provided by several sources, it appears quite likely that there will be at least two such indictments.
One of the upcoming superseding indictments will likely involve additional charges against several of the current defendants:
The Current Defendants
Keith Alan Raniere a/k/a The Vanguard
Nancy Salman a/k/a Prefect
Clare Bronfman a/k/a Legatus
Allison Mack a/k/a Cankles
Lauren Salzman a/k/a The Great Schnozzola
Kathy Russell a/k/a the hapless one
The additional charges are expected to fall into three categories: financial-related crimes; immigration-related crimes; and public corruption-related crimes.
Much of the NXIVM crime syndicate was centered around financial-related crimes – which is somewhat bizarre given that Clare and Sara Bronfman-Igtet reportedly inherited more than $1 billion between them. But after getting busted by several states for his original Consumers’ Buyline scam, Raniere had vowed that he would never again abide by governmental rules when it came to money.
In addition to the crime of identity theft that has already been alleged against several of the defendants, it is expected that one of the future superseding indictments will include several other financial-related crimes. These are likely to include some or all of the following:
– Money Laundering
– Tax Evasion
– Wire Fraud
Because of Raniere’s penchant for young Mexican women, he also directed that various members of the NXIVM crime syndicate become involved in a variety of immigration-related crimes. These included, but were not necessarily limited to, the following:
– Alien Smuggling – Title 8 U.S.C. §1324(a)(1)(A)(i)
– Domestic Transportation – Title 8 U.S.C. §1324(a)(1)(A)(ii)
– Harboring – Title 8 U.S.C. §1324(a)(1)(A)(iii)
– Encouraging/Inducing Unauthorized Aliens To Enter – Title 8 U.S.C. §1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)
– Conspiracy/Aiding Or Abetting – Title 8 U.S.C. §1324(a)(1)(A)(v)
– Bringing Aliens To The United States – Title 8 U.S.C. §1324(a)(2)
Public Corruption-Related Crimes
One of the lessons that Raniere took away from his Consumers Buyline debacle is that public officials have a great deal of power. Indeed, many consider the power to indict to be the ultimate governmental power.
So, Raniere set about to use the financial wherewithal that he gained by having access to the Bronfman sisters’ fortunes – and the bevy of young, attractive, nubile women that made up most of his inner circle – to convince various public officials to aid and abet his illegal operation. Whether it was via bribery or blackmail – or in some cases both – Raniere was able to get several of his “enemies” indicted and prosecuted on a variety of baseless charges.
The victims – and intended victims – of these corruption-related crimes include the following:
- Susan Dones
– Sarah Edmondson
– Toni Natalie
– Joe O’Hara
– Catherine Oxenberg
– Frank Parlato
– Bonnie Piesse
– Rick Ross
– John Tighe
– Mark Vicente
– Kim Woolhouse
And multiple others – including numerous Jane Does – who will likely testify against Raniere.
In addition to charging some/all of the current defendants with additional crimes, it is expected that the prosecution will also include several new defendants in one of its upcoming superseding indictments.
Although charges could easily be brought against hundreds of people who participated in – or aided and abetted – one or more Raniere-inspired criminal activities, the latest indication is that the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) team is only going to add less than a dozen new defendants to its case (Whether other individuals will be prosecuted in other jurisdictions remains an open question at this time – as does the question as to whether any public officials or members of NXIVM’s horde of attorneys will also be charged with any crimes).
At this point, the most likely additional defendants include the following:
– Karen Abney
– Alex Betancourt
– Sara Bronfman-Igtet
– Jim DelNegro
– Basit Igtet
– Ben Meyers
– Steve Ose
– Emiliano Salinas
– Michelle Salzman
It is still quite possible that the influence of his father, Carlos Salinas, will spare Emiliano from prosecution. It is also possible that Basit and Sara will accept some sort of no-jail-time plea deal – and pay a huge sum in the form of a fine or restitution. And last but not least, Michelle and Ben may be spared prosecution as part of a plea deal by Nancy Salzman.
But for the rest of this group, it’s probably time to hire the best criminal defense attorney you can afford without looking to Clare or Sara for help.
These are dark times in NXIVMville – and the future looks even bleaker for those who are in the cross-hairs of the EDNY.