Nancy Salzman takes plea deal – will plead guilty

Nancy Salzman filed a sentencing memorandum on Aug. 30 but it never showed up. Neither was it ordered under seal.

NXIVM President Nancy Salzman AKA Prefect is the first to take a plea deal in the case against Nxivm

She is scheduled to plead guilty to an undisclosed crime or crimes tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.

Regardless of whether her plea deal includes any type of formal agreement that requires her to testify against her co-defendants – Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman, Allison Mack, Lauren Salzman, and Kathy Russell – she will most definitely be called as a witness by the prosecution.

Having already pled guilty, Nancy will not be able to avoid answering questions from the prosecution. And if she tries to, she may end up like Paul Mannafort – and her plea deal revoked.

This might help explain why Nancy averted her eyes and turned her head away when Keith Raniere looked at her in court on February 28th. It may also explain why Nancy and her daughter, Lauren, avoided contact with each other outside the courtroom – and why Nancy went the opposite direction from her daughter when leaving the courthouse without even speaking to each other.

Turns out all that time that Lauren spent with Nancy over the past few months may not have tightened the mother-daughter connection after all.

Salzman, 63, will be the first person convicted in the case.

The big question – which may not be answered for some time – is whether she will get prison time.

How good was the plea deal?

Chances are she will not be sentenced until after the trial and if she cooperates with the prosecution, verifies the authenticity of evidence the feds have already gathered, turns over any other evidence she may have control of, and testifies against Raniere and her other co-defendants – which might include her daughter, Lauren – the prosecution may argue for a lighter sentence before Judge Garaufis.

That’s a powerful incentive.

And why should she not testify against her own daughter?  After all, she turned both her daughters over to Raniere when they were barely of age.

Overall, this is a terrible turn of events for Raniere and Clare Bronfman.

It was not unexpected. As far back as September, Frank Report reported that Salzman was considering a plea deal. It was back then that prosecutor Moira Penza said Nancy Salzman was “continuing to engage in plea negotiations” with the government.

Salzman’s attorney, Robert Soloway, didn’t deny Salzman was speaking with prosecutors back then but told the New York Post today that she wouldn’t necessarily be cooperating against her co-defendants as part of her plea.

“There is not a cooperation agreement on the table,” he told The Post.

This is not exactly forthright.  There may not be a written cooperation agreement, but let’s be candid – by the very nature of plea deals, it will almost certainly contain a range of sentencing and the outcome of sentencing will be impacted by whether prosecutors argue for or against leniency – based on her cooperation and admission of wrongdoing-  i.e. taking responsibility for her actions.

To fulfill the responsibility piece – which can shave off years of prison – she has to tell all she knows.

So while there may be no “cooperation agreement”,  Nancy will nonetheless testify – and, if she wants a reduced sentence, she will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Or did her attorney get a preview of the soon-to-be-issued superseding indictment – and warn her to take a deal now?

[I know of another case where attorneys told the media there is no “cooperation agreement”, which was true. Nevertheless, the man who pleaded guilty was expected to be the surprise star witness in the case against another defendant. The defense attorneys did not lie when they said there was “no cooperation agreement” because there was nothing signed. The Feds even wanted this out there so that the defendant did not know what was going to hit him. Meantime, everyone understood that the man who took the plea was going to cooperate. It was implicit in the entire plea deal.]

It’s hard to pinpoint what pushed Nancy over the edge – and convinced her to plead guilty.

What might also be influencing Salzman to take a plea deal is her precarious health.  She had breast cancer and recently underwent a radical mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

As part of her plea deal, the government might have agreed not to indict her other daughter, Michelle Salzman Myers, and her husband, Nxivm’s computer hacker, Ben Myers.

It could be the upcoming superseding indictment which might have piled more charges on her, may have triggered her decision to take a plea.

It may be possible that Nancy may have finally awakened and realized that Keith Raniere was a total fink, and criminal.

When we see what she pleads to, we will know how much cooperation to expect and how valuable the Feds think her testimony will be.

We will also know if what she pleads to carries a sentencing range whereby she is very likely, or less likely to go to prison or can expect even a suspended sentence – based on cooperation.

Don’t be fooled by Soloway saying there is no [written] cooperation agreement.

Tomorrow will tell:  The lighter the deal, the greater the cooperation – that is a safe bet on this one.

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  • Boy, Lauren isn’t the sweet little “Indian Princess” any more who I remember used to come over to my house around Christmas every year (for our tribal monthly get together) with her Dad. We had cookies and made crafts together and planned our next monthly adventure. “IP” was a Father/Daughter organization wide spread in Clifton Park to promote Father/Daughter bonding. Every summer, we would also spend a weekend at Silver Bay on Lake George where all the “IP” Tribes would gather and celebrate our on-going annual “Bonding Experience. What GREAT memories I have sharing those five to six years with my daughter and our tribal “IP” members. Now, in my mid 70’s, I still fondly remember all the special times we had together.
    Hard to believe the Lauren I read about today could be the same Lauren back then. I’m hoping not, but too many pegs are falling into the right holes every time I happen to come across something on NXIVM.

    If I’m wrong about the Lauren I write about today, someone please correct me. Conversely, if I am right, well…… like it is.

    Clay Stone

  • Who thinks the next to flip will be Allison? Some are saying Karen, but Allison has a long life to live. I bet she takes the next plea and finally turns on her Vanguard. She’s had long enough out of his clutches to really think this over. With Nancy flipping (which is a shocker), I bet our next shock will be Allison flipping and squandering as much time as she has left to live. I think she’s the youngest of them all. Maybe Clare is younger than Allison, but you’d never know by looking at her. C’mon Allison! Let go of the damn sash Keith is stringing you along by! Flip and let’s all watch KAR take the ultimate fall.

  • Finally, the Wicked Witch of the East is turning her broom in.

    Will she be humble to all those she abused over the decades to protect her Vanguard and heal her breach with each of them?

    Coming clean in a court of law might be enough for the DOJ, but it only is to serve yourself to get less punishment with the courts.

    It doesn’t heal the emotional or financial damage you caused others, Nancy. It won’t heal the damage you have caused.

    • I just read that Nancy’s lawyer said she won’t be testifying against the others. How can that be? Don’t the prosecutors now have the right to call her to the stand? Also if she pleaded guilty she can’t now claim the fifth. I’m confused.

      • She will testify. The plea deal is structured to require her cooperation. her attorney is not be entirely forthright.
        He said she did not sign a cooperation agreement but that does not mean she will not cooperate. She will.

        • Thanks Frank. That makes sense. It continues to amaze me that lawyers (in this situation) think people are idiots and just because they say something we will all believe it.

  • Kristin Kreuk used to admire Nancy Salzman. She performed a NXIVM “play” at Salzman’s birthday party.

  • “SultanOfSix” has gone absolutely bat-shit crazy on twitter. Like seriously mad. He needs an urgent psychological evaluation. His girl pants are beyond twisted. They need throwing out.

    • I recently read an article, published by a respected statistician, claiming that 63% of female attorneys will bang their clients at some point.

      This would probably explain your sugar mama’s long absences, since you seemingly spend a lot of time replying to your own comments in thread after thread (when not running errands for sugar mama, that is).

      You just need to realize that when sugar mama is ‘working late’ — she’s probably gobbling some client’s knob on the sly. 🙂

      • Good to know he is respected. Well done slipping this blast past Frank. I was beginning to worry that you could only strike first but weren’t capable of defending yourself.

      • Frank it’s these posts that are completely unnecessary. This attack on niceguy doesn’t belong here, it’s what keeps people from coming back. Please refrain from posting these attacks especially with all the new info coming out.

        • Sorry “niceboy” posts comments way too fuckin much. Should change his moniker to nicegirl since he nevers shuts up

      • Bangkok(Scott Johnson),

        Thanks for letting me know. I could not figure out how I contracted gonorrhea. 😉

        Sugar Mommy? LOL

        Scott(Bangkok) the only vagina you have ever touched is the vagina( mommy’s) you came out of when you were born and the ones you paid to touch.

        How is living in mommy’s and daddy’s home you loser?

          • Scott,

            LOL ?

            What kind of life do you lead that you can be up late during the work week and at all hours of the day?

            Do you happen to be fabulously wealthy?
            LMAO….Well we both know that is not true.

            Guess you really do live with mom and dad. So sad. 🙁

    • Scott,

      I will own up to the fact that I was one of those people. Please hand me my plate of crow.

      If a mom gifts her 2 daughters and herself to a man…. one would think the mom would never flip on the man.

      I never saw this coming.

      I would pay money to be a present when this news is announced to Raniere.

      This is going to be a long night. His chances now are at 0.0 for being able to beat a lifetime sentence.
      There is no way he can delude himself from the fact that he will spend the remainder of his life incarcerated.

      He should be on suicide watch now so he cannot cheat the Criminal Justice system.

  • Thrilled this means the WHOLE truth is more likely to come out but a bit sad that some of likely lesser guilt didn’t get a better plea bus seat ahead of Nancy’s. Like her adled, thirsting, sex chamber slave, Kathy Russell. Nancy must have tossed her own daughter under the front plea bus wheels to get this ticket. What a thoroughly selfish, evil matron.

    • Heidi,

      That’s for sure. Nancy must rank as one of the all time worst mothers in history just short of mothers that murder their own children.

      • I do get somewhat confused by those screaming for justice and describing most of the perps as evil etc but than also wishing they get a good deal and make it better on themselves

        That isn’t directed at Heidi’s comment about Russell.

  • (of the pool of her co-defendants) I’m glad for her. And we may get the ENTIRE story of NXIVM now. If Bronfman does the same it would seem there will be no trial at all other than that of Raniere. The rest of the lot will wake up and take pleas. Who will be on the bus across the aisle from Nancy’s front seat? Would the Second Smartest Woman in the World pleas stand up. 😉

  • Good for her. I hope she is safe between now and the trial, and that no one tries to intimidate or harm her. Two of her co-Defendants are very dangerous people, IMO.

  • Will Keith Raniere be put on suicide watch?

    Will Nancy Salzman have 24hr protection until the trial is over?

  • The house of cards which had been swaying and teetering a bit has finally started to tumble down….. it’s going to be very interesting to see where all the cards lie once the dust settles

  • Having worked in a DA’s office, I saw how plea deals worked and can almost swear Nancy will be doing a tell-all with verification of crimes she witnessed. This makes the case a slam dunk for the DOJ!

    I think Nancy’s worst punishment will be testifying against Lauren unless they offer Lauren a deal as well. A suspended sentence with a long probation may be in Nancy’s future.

    The prosecution may have more than enough from Nancy to put the rest of them away for a long long time. YES!!!

    I hope Nancy spends the rest of her life really doing something good for humanity. I also hope she has learned that money isn’t everything in life for I think it was the money that corrupted her.

    • I think it was first Keith, and secondly Keith’s grubby paws getting on Lauren that corrupted Nancy. Once Lauren drank the cool-aid, it was very difficult for Nancy to eject from the two decade long situation without losing her daughter(s). Money certainly helped her not ask herself “What is?” So she played ostrich and burried her head.

      I bet Nancy has been holding out in an attempt to help Lauren.

  • Great news.

    But Frank is still full of shit about a few issues.

    The reason there’s no cooperation agreement isn’t because Nancy is unwilling to sign such an agreement.

    Thus, speculating about Nancy’s need to answer all questions truthfully — without a cooperation agreement — is both dumb and idiotic since her decision not to sign a cooperation agreement has nothing to do with her unwillingness to testify against Keith or Clare.

    She knows she’ll be called to testify against Keith and Clare and she knows she must answer all questions truthfully.

    The reason there’s no cooperation agreement is likely because Nancy’s credibility on the witness stand will be enhanced by the fact that there’s no “quid pro quo” written agreement compelling her to testify against Keith and Clare Bear in return for leniency at her sentencing.

    Her attorney must have told her how intensely NXIVM attorneys will cross examine her regarding any details written into a cooperation agreement. …and he’s right, since she’d leave the jury wondering if she’s beholden to dance to Penza’s tune in return for a reduced sentence.

    However, the lack of a cooperation agreement kinda blunts that whole sword a bit (not much, but a bit).

    Another thing… Nancy will NOT fucken testify against Lauren.

    Anybody suggesting otherwise is a TURD and a LIAR.

    Nope. Not in a million years.

    Frank, what the fuck are you talking about bro?

    The reason Lauren hasn’t plead guilty yet is just a strategic decision which will be changed very soon. Just watch.

    Lauren simply doesn’t wish to be the first person to show up at the party — since that’s not very fashionable.

    If Nancy is pleading guilty that means Lauren has already agreed with Mommy to do likewise.

    Lauren is just waiting for the right moment to switch over from the dark side.

    FACT: There is NO TENSION between mother and daughter and Frank Parlato is a LYING TURD for even suggesting this ‘storyline’ about a mother-daughter rift.

    • Did you really call Frank Parlato a “lying turd?” He is not. However, your insults might put a bit of a strain on your attempts to serenade Frank Parlato through multiple pseudonym accounts, which converse with each other on this blog while trying to create the appearance of bad guy/good guy conversations as if they were multiple people. When in reality your multiple accounts are all being run by one loser, the disgraced former federal prosecutor Dennis Burke, formerly fined and censured by the Arizona and D.C. bar associations for lawyer misconduct who sits around with not much to do these days but run a bizarre schizophrenic sock puppet scheme on Frank’s blog.

      Don’t drink too much Dennis. Wouldn’t want to have to call in those corrupt Phoenix influences again to cover up yet another DUI before you’re prosecuted.

      By the way, nice work Dennis, getting the New Times to drop the story it was going to publish about you a few weeks ago. To be sure, big contacts you have there in Arizona. Although it seems your days of being able to, blame, obfuscate, cover-up and deny the truth may be coming to an end.

  • Wow! I knew someone big was going to plea guilty.

    Taking a cold plea (without a written plea agreement) doesn’t mean that the Defendant won’t testify against others. Rather, it preserves the Defendant’s right to appeal the sentence imposed.

    Obviously, if Nancy pleads guilty, she will cooperate, because that is the narrative she wants told to the Judge at sentencing. That will make a big difference. Now, Nancy can come clean and reveal the inner-workings of the group.

    This will send shockwaves through the Defense camp. First one on the bus, gets the best seat. Now, there may be another person that decides to take a plea.

    The pressure on the Defendants just increased exponentially, because the question now is — What will Nancy say about ME? What will she reveal? Will she reveal my secret about (fill-in-the-blank). I think a collective plop just dropped in the Defendants’ shorts and panties.

    Clare will go down in flames, so will Allison. So will Keith. They won’t plea out.

    The Ides of March are off to a very bad start for God King Keith Raniere.

    • Maybe you ought to consider taking a plea yourself, Dennis. That is, if you’re offered a deal. You might not be offered a deal. Oh, the irony of the circumstances facing the big-bully who a year ago was trying to intimidate potential Nxivm witnesses by phone for his client Clare Bronfman, the disgraced prosecutor Dennis K. Burke aka DeezNuts aka NoisyMouse aka Bangkok aka, aka, aka several other pseudonym accounts who frequently have conversations with themselves while intentionally trying to conceal their identities behind a VPN proxy server in the most visible online sock puppet scheme on FR.

      Of course, you’re too arrogant to ever admit you’re wrong, for example about how your ill-conceived “joint defense” agreements between Nxivm attorneys is going to prove a miserable failure like almost everything else you’ve done.

      But even though as you read this you know every single thing I’ve written here is 100% true, you’ll never admit it. You’ll never admit anything. Your ego won’t allow it. All you do is make excuses, rationalize everything, try to confuse, intimidate, obfuscate and obstruct, while blaming others. Sucks to be you right about now, doesn’t it Dennis. Time for another drunken night of drowning your sorrows?

    • Mouse, I predicted that at the outset.
      I also predicted Nancy would take a plea deal due to her age and health.
      Cancer has a way of waking one up.

  • Here’s an interesting question: If there’s any money left in the Legal Defense Trust Fund, will Nancy’s attorney still be paid from it?

  • Frank is 100% correct about the lack of a “cooperating agreement” meaning nothing. Nancy will be called as a witness by the prosecution – and she will answer every question she’s asked. Having already pled guilty, she’ll have no basis for not doing so.

  • I sleigh don’t think I can ever have any sympathy for Mother Superior (Nancy) after she turned her daughters over to that man. I’m sorry but there be no forgiveness for that action.

  • Awesome!!!!! Awesome news !!!!!

    My money was on Mack flipping not Nancy Salzman after she turned her daughters over to Raniere.

    • My feelings is if she’s cold enough to give her daughters up to KR, she’s cold enough to give Lauren up for a deal.

    • This was a false narrative. Nancy did not give her teenybop girls to Keith. Maybe now that Nancy has officially pled guilty, Frank can do a better job of not gleefully letting this BS propagate.

      No one feels worse about Lauren getting sucked into Raniere than Nancy. I have no doubts that her getting some revenge on the liar, AND helping her daughters as best possible, played a role in today’s news.

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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.” 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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