Impeaching Prosecution Witnesses Part 1: Agnifilo blasts Sarah Edmondson

Sarah Edmondson

In a coming series of posts, Frank Report will try to unveil the strategy we think the Nxivm defense team will use to suppress evidence, impeach witnesses, attack attackers and try to win their case.

The strategy of impeachment is to attack the credibility of witnesses before a jury in order to cast doubt on their testimony.

In our first such post, we will discuss Sarah Edmondson.

Based on court filings by Keith Raniere’s attorney, Marc Agnifilo, we can get a likely picture of how the defense will try to impeach Edmondson.

In Agnfilo’s Request for an Oral Argument on his motion to suppress evidence obtained in the government’s search warrants, and in Keith Raniere’s motion to seal, Agnifilo has a lot to say about Edmondson – including that she is a “criminal” and her victim is Nxivm.

These filings also shed light on how Raniere and Clare Bronfman tried to get Edmondson arrested.

Since the prosecution argues that Nxivm [Bronfman-Raniere] tried to “silence” defectors as part of their racketeering enterprise – including trying to have them arrested – Agnifilo’s defense seems to be that, in Edmondson’s case, her arrest was justified.

Agnifilo writes, “[T]he Government materially omits that the reason for filing this criminal complaint [against Edmondson was] due to the theft and misappropriation of … corporate records. Instead, it portrays Edmondson as a victim who has not committed any wrongdoing…

“[Edmondson] stole and misappropriated Nxivm corporate documents upon leaving Nxivm.  This is information that the Government …  obtained from the Canadian authorities when their investigation began…

“Between June 4 and June 8, 2017, NXIVM administrators discovered that their systems were being accessed in Canada and that data in the NXIVM servers were being deleted and manipulated.

“… [T]hree accounts logged in and accessed the NXIVM servers: the accounts of J.O., Jennifer Kobelt and Sarah Edmondson. Edmondson was a former high-ranking NXIVM member, recruiter and ESP Vancouver center co-owner.

“At the end of May 2017, Edmondson resigned from NXIVM, telling her friends within the community that she wanted to focus on her family and not lead the ESP Vancouver Center anymore. Her assistant, Jennifer Kobelt, was also a long-time client of NXIVM’s and an assistant to Mark Vicente, another co-owner of the ESP Vancouver center who had recently resigned.

“While Edmondson, Kobelt, and J.O. were previously authorized to legitimately access the system (prior to their resignation), suddenly their login credentials were used 58 times over the course of five days. Those same accounts then deleted data, stole ESP student profiles and documentation and cancelled over $100,000 worth of credit card payments.

“This amounts to intentional criminal conduct where the names, financial data and other identity information were unlawfully accessed and misappropriated.

“Specifically, on June 4th, Kobelt and others’ accounts logged into the NXIVM system and changed their profiles (i.e. names, but not passwords) to mask the identities of who was logging into the system. The accounts continued to be used.

“For example, the account linked to J.O. logged into the system and viewed enrollment history information. The account linked to Sarah Edmondson logged into the system the same day and viewed a salesperson report. On June 5th, the account linked to J.O. again logged into the system and viewed enrollment history.

“Additionally, the account linked to Kobelt repeatedly logged into the system over those five days and cancelled dozens of payments from NXIVM clients. Kobelt’s account also deleted at least 13 files from an area on the server designated to the clients that Vicente enrolled. Each of these files contained numerous NXIVM contracts with client information.

“This theft of client files gave those accessing NXIVM’s servers access to confidential data including client lists, contact information and the intellectual property of the company. It is therefore not surprising that in counsel’s investigation of this case, we have discovered that Edmondson, together with others including Vicente were able to contact nearly every NXIVM client and harass them through calls, Telegram and WhatsApp messages after this date—messages that continue to the present.”


I think it fair to say Agnifilo’s argument at best is debatable. The Vancouver Police were asked to investigate this matter after documented perjurer Clare Bronfman flew to Vancouver to file a criminal complaint against Edmondson and Kobelt.  However, while the Vancouver Police did investigate, they did not charge either woman.

The debate seems to center on whether Edmondson, as head of the Vancouver Center, had authority to prevent Nxivm members, scandalized by revelations of branding women, from being charged by a group with which they no longer wished to associate.

Since Edmondson and Vicente were responsible for most Vancouver memberships – it seems fair – and evidently, the Vancouver Police did not find it illegal  – that Edmondson and Vicente’s assistant, Kobelt, could ensure these people could disassociate from Nxivm without being charged any additional fees.

I think it’s crucial to the argument that not one person whose payment to Nxivm was canceled by Edmondson or Kobelt complained that they were forcibly or abruptly stopped from paying Nxivm membership dues.

Indeed, the opposite occurred. These people all wanted to be out of Nxivm – once they learned about the branding practices.

It was Nxivm who wanted to continue to bill them despite their desire to leave.

Edmondson and Kobelt fulfilled the wishes of scores of members sickened by revelations [first revealed publicly on Frank Report], wanted out and did not want to be charged a fee for membership in this decadent and revolting organization.


In further trying to impeach Edmondson showing her as not a victim, Agnifilo argues that Edmondson was at the same Stripe Path level as Lauren Salzman.

This he is doing, one assumes, to show that Sarah was not misled or pressured into joining DOS by a superior in the organization.  Sarah has claimed she felt some pressure to join DOS since Lauren was one of her best and most trusted friends, her mentor, and also her supervisor; someone who could to some extent control her income.

Agnifilo writes, “Sarah Edmondson was the owner of Nxivm’s Vancouver Center and was ‘Sr. Proctor’ on the Stripe Path—only one level below Counselor. Lauren Salzman was also Sr. Proctor. Out of only three people listed as ‘Counselor’ on the Stripe Path, two are dead [Pam Cafritz and Barbara Jeske]. Therefore, she was at the same level on the Stripe Path as [Lauren] Salzman.”

Agnifilo also throws some doubt into who’s telling the truth – actually calling FBI Special Agent Michael Lever, who signed Nxivm/Raniere search warrant affidavits, a liar.

Agnifilo writes, “After falsely stating the reasons for two of Lauren Salzman’s members joining [DOS], [FBI Agent Lever’s] affidavit misrepresents Edmondson’s knowledge of Raniere’s participation in DOS. The affidavit discusses the branding ceremony, stating ‘[a]t one point, while [Edmondson]… was filming [the branding of the other women with Lauren’s cell phone], she noticed a text come in from ‘KAR’ asking, in sum and substance, how the branding was going. At the time, [Edmondson] … assumed ‘KAR’ stood for Karen Unterreiner, a high-ranking woman in Nxivm, who she assumed was Lauren Salzman’s slave. [Edmondson] …now believes the message was from Raniere, whose middle name is ‘Alan.’

“This statement is demonstrably false and the Agent knew it at the time of signing this affidavit, and every other affidavit.”

Agnifilo then explains why FBI Agent Lever knew it was false: He knew Sarah knew at the time of the branding that it was a text from Keith.

Why did she know?

Because of a report I wrote with Catherine Oxenberg, which was delivered by Catherine to law enforcement, in order to interest law enforcement in investigating Raniere.

Agnifilo points to this as evidence that FBI Agent Lever lied.

Agnifilo writes, “On December 7, 2018, the EDNY turned over [to Agnifilo in discovery] a memorandum written by blogger Frank Parlato and actress Catherine Oxenberg that is titled ‘Criminal Activity involving KR 11-12’ …

“According to Catherine Oxenberg’s recent book titled Captive, she states that she gave this memorandum to authorities in November of 2017. Moreover, the properties of the document indicate that Oxenberg last modified the document on November 11, 2017—three weeks before Agent Lever signed the affidavit.

“In this memorandum, Parlato and Oxenberg, who have both admitted multiple times that they spoke with Edmondson prior to the Government opening an investigation, write: ‘At one point, Edmonson [sic] was asked to hold Lauren Salzman’s cell phone. She saw a text come in from Keith asking how the girls were doing. She was previously
unaware that he was involved with/guiding/ or monitoring the activities of DOS.’

“Yet, just two weeks later, the Agent swears to an incredible and unbelievable statement that Edmondson supposedly believed that KAR actually stood for someone named ‘Karen.’”

While this may seem like much ado about nothing, it is, in reality, a good dusting up of both the FBI agent and Sarah – in an attempt to create doubt about their veracity and obfuscate the circumstances surrounding Sarah’s claim of victimization by Raniere.

Agnifilo further points out that Raniere never threatened Edmondson  – and that no one released her collateral, [though he did try to have her arrested.]

Agnifilo writes, “[T]he Government … tries to characterize Raniere’s attempt to ‘silence defectors’ by relying on an email between Raniere and [Lauren] Salzman regarding Edmondson.

“This email states: ‘I understand that you do not want to be part of the sorority and that is your right. However, you gave your word that you would keep information about it confidential. You pledged things of importance as a guarantee that you would uphold confidentiality and you have violated this agreement….”

[I suspect this email from Raniere to Lauren was written by Raniere for Lauren to use verbatim to send to Sarah. It has an ominous hint that they might release Sarah’s collateral if she does not remain silent – with its language of “pledged things of importance as a guarantee” [of silence].

Agnifilo concludes with a ‘no harm, no foul’ argument, writing, “[T]he Government materially omits that Salzman and Raniere never engaged in any actions to ‘silence’ Edmondson. To the contrary, Salzman let Edmondson freely leave the sorority without any so-called repercussions. Salzman never released Edmondson’s collateral.”

Lastly, Agnifilo reveals why he discloses Sarah Edmondson’s name despite the fact that she is referred to in the indictment as a Jane Doe. This is a neat sideswipe at her – a not so subtle jab at implying that Edmondson may be motivated to alter her story to fit a victim-turned-hero narrative in order to profit from TV opportunities.

Agnifilo writes, “We have used a person’s initials if that person has not spoken publicly to media outlets in connection with this case—assuming that person would like to remain private…  However, we have included the full names of those who have sought public attention in connection with their roles in this matter, including Edmondson who announced her documentary TV series less than one week after Raniere and Mack were indicted.  (See Nelli Andreeva, Former NXIVM Member Sarah Edmondson To Star in Documentary Series Produced By Brian Graden, DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD (Apr. 25, 2018, 10:30 AM),

All in all, Raniere is getting what Clare Bronfman paid for – a top-notch defense attorney who is doing his best [or worst] to discredit witnesses who may testify against his obviously guilty client.

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  • Frank, stop it please ! The so-called “Pea Onyu” is a troll. I’m sorry for the person that is behind the character but I think he/she has no idea what ESP/NXIVM is, outside what can be found here or generally on the Internet, and he/she’s here just to get some attention. Put “Pea” to the test, like with a small 10 questions quiz, and you shall see… After that I suggest that you block his/her IP.

  • Sarah is a despicable monster. She violated her vow. She betrayed Keith and all of us. Marc will chew her up and spit her out. Keith is a sure fire acquittal. Take it on good authority. These are not dumb lawyers. They know their craft. Everyone of them is 100 percent confident.

    • Pea, I’d like to see Marc try to chew-up anyone on the stand and spit them out. This is America honey, witness have some protection from the cannibalistic defense tactic of a white shark attorney.

      This is real life Pea, not a made for TV movie. Get a brain


    An important fact that has not been mentioned is the fact that the ‘uncorrupted’ Vancouver Police did not give any weight to Clare Brothman; and unlike New York State law enforcement officials, the Vancouver officials filed no felonious charges.

    “Vancouver Police were asked to investigate this matter after documented perjurer Clare Bronfman flew to Vancouver to file a criminal complaint against Edmondson and Kobelt. However, while the Vancouver Police did investigate, they did not charge either woman”, Frankreport.

    The laws are no doubt different in Canada and the United States, but are the laws so different that a complete dichotomy exists in regards to outcomes between to similar cases?

    A criminal case was filed against Barbara Bouchey, the Vancouver police found no criminal wrongdoing in regards to Sarah Edmonson.

    Barbara was later vindicated and charges against her dropped. Proving there was no validity to Clare Bronfman’s claims.

    How do two law enforcement agencies come to two completely different conclusions in such similar cases?

    Upstate New York law enforcement and government may need a FBI audit and investigation.

    • The same charge (computer trespassing) that was filed against Barbara Bouchey had previously been filed against Toni Natalie and Joe O’Hara – all charges were dropped.

      Civilly, Clare Bronfman, as NXIVM’S insider, filed a civil case against Joe O’Hara, Toni Natalie, Jim Odato and Suzanne Andrew’s for the same thing that criminal charges were brought.

      The civil case was thrown out after Clare Bronfman lied in the civil and criminal case.

      Same thing she did in Vancouver BC, same thing Clare and her Master KAR have been doing for decades.

      Nancy Salzman just this week pleaded guilty for hacking into defectors emails. So who’s hacking who?

  • Why should people be charged for membership with NXIVM if the center is closed? HELLO, If my gym closed but still wanted to charge me, I’d be on the phone to my credit card company, the attorney general and the federal trade commission so fast it would make NXIVM’s head spin.

    It’s not the first time Clare Bronfman/NXIVM has lied to the authorities or in court, and it won’t be the last. Marc Agnifilo should be a very slim man as much as twisting the truth away as he is doing.

  • Did VANGUARD ever commit any anal atrocities upon the gullible twits he was able to con or brainwash?

  • Seems a lot of effort over nothing. I think the case is basically over now. Every deed could be brought to the light of day. I think the Vanguard will fight so long as he is financed, but when the money’s cut off, he will simply plea out. Course, I could be wrong. He might decide to fight the charges himself with a public defender. THAT would be interesting!

  • If Agnifilo is only focussing on Sarah Edmondson, he is missing the entire forest known as RICO. They have enough evidence obtained from the Clifton Park properties to send Keith away forever and Clare for a long time Sarah may have gone to the NY Times and exposed the branding scheme but she should also be protected under whistleblower statutes. If I remember correctly, Sarah turned all of her “data” and Nxivm records over to the authorities in Canada. We have no way of knowing if the US even obtained that information from Canadian authorities. And, at this point there is so much other incriminating evidence I believe the case US case against Keith and Clare is winnable without even calling Sarah Edmondson to the stand. Which basically throws out any argument Agnifilo could make. The whole DOS part of this story got everyone’s attention but it is minor component now compared to the years of racketeering and other crimes that went on And I do not mean to take anything away from the women who endured abuse in DOS. The fact that the evidence showed up that he was having relations with an underage Mexican woman with video to prove it nails him on those charges. In fact, it would be great if they do not have to call any of the DOS victims to testify. They stay anonymous and get justice if Keith and Clare are convicted. I would also warrant that just the fact that DOS was operating under the Enterprise known as NXIVM bolsters the RICO charges.

  • If I was a defense attorney who secretly despised my client, and really wanted to piss off the judge and jury in order to cause the maximum blow back against my client, I would do exactly what this so-called “Officer of the Court” is planning.

  • Agnifilo’s argument about Sarah Edmondson is akin to making beds in a home that’s already engulfed in fire and getting ready to burn to the ground.

    It’s akin to a guy with Stage 4 Ass Cancer arguing that he needs liposuction — it’s comically pointless.

    While I understand it’s important to fight the government on every point possible, this is borderline comical in terms of how little it would impact the government’s overall case against KAR even if the judge were to agree with anything said about Edmondson.

    FACT: Removing Sarah Edmondson from the entire trial would still leave somewhere close to a gazillion witnesses — plus or minus 1,000,000,000,000 — who were threatened, sexually assaulted or blackmailed by KAR. 🙂

    Oh, and that doesn’t even include the child porn charges that will fucking RUIN Keith and lay waste to his fat ass once and for all.

    Keep making those burning beds, Marc.

    On a different note…

    What I find REALLY weird is the constant bare feet or people wearing flip flops in NXIVM photos. Karen U, Nancy, Lauren and everybody else is always wearing flip flops at meetings. It looks really frumpy. I’m just thankful I haven’t seen Heidi in any of those photos yet — since I doubt she’s had a pedicure since the 1980s and I’d probably barf after looking at her unkempt feet. 🙂

    • You’re confused, Schlock. Those with a foot fetish as you admit above are called “PODOPHILES” not Pedophiles, like KAR. One is illegal and the other is personal, private info you don’t need to share.

      But what would we expect from one who’s such a “retard” he can’t decide between calling himself “The Retard aka Bangkok” or just “Bangkok” or “Tex” — all who do make the master exhibitionist idiot, Scott Johnson, look like a genius by comparison

      When do you wear your women’s heels, Toodles?

  • What did NXIVM expect Sarah to do after she found out what a criminal entreprise NXIVM really was? She did what she thought was the right thing, protect all the people she had personally enrolled. Period.

    • “What did NXIVM expect Sarah to do after she found out what a criminal entreprise NXIVM really was?”


      Are you saying Edmondson only found out about crimes after being branded in March 2017? That she didn’t know before?

      That in that two month period of being branded in March 2017 and staying on in NXIVM until May 2017, she found out about crimes?

      Or after she left the cult, she found out about crimes?

      No, if Edmondson knows about crimes, she knew about them BEFORE she was branded. Same with Mark Vicente.

        • Probaby one of the NXIVM trolls. Same one who keeps claiming that Edmondson lied when she said Kruek quit the cult by 2013.

          • Shut up moron. Not NXIVM nor a supporter. They are all cunts.

            They are legitimate questions:

            1) When did Sarah Edmondson find out about the crimes she has told investigators that she will likely testify about?

            2) Did she find out about crimes in the final two months of her NXIVM career (March-May 2017) or after leaving?

            Can you answer those questions?

        • Don’t get triggered.

          People join cults for whatever stupid reasons and those that are the most devoted, like Sarah Edmondson will learn about the illegal things eventually. Same as Allison Mack. Expecially if they are making $30,000 a month according to Barbara Bouchey. Don’t patronise me you stupid twat.

          • Scott,
            Lol anyone can recognize it’s you by your comments,

            Scott, how come it took you 8 years of selling soap for Amway before you left?

            Scott, How many people did you bring into Amway (take advantage of ) before you had your epiphany and left Amway?

            Scott, do you consider yourself a hypocrite or just a general all around moron?

    • @Pea Onyu : According to the Kübler-Ross model, it seems that you’re stuck at step #1 : Denial.

      Your “Vanguard” will die in jail : Stabbed, strangled, poisoned or by any other natural or so-called “natural” casualty.

      You’ve got to accept it.


  • Is hang the whistleblowing victim really a good strategy here? To the corner with Agnifilo in a dunce cap.

  • They are all criminals. Even before DOS. They all profited from illegal activity. Raniere, Vicente, Edmondson. Edmondson was trying to save herself because she knows what NXIVM is capable of. This NXICUNT lawyer is also a worm.

    • We heard this argument before, and its very boring. Some people want to pretend that every espian is a criminal monster, even those who changed their mind and try to fight back, like Bouchey, Edmonston, Vicente, etc. Well none of them will pretend they never did anything wrong ; at least they have the honesty to say they were wrong and misleaded and after they did everything they can to destroy NXVIM and DOS. That is admirable and we should applaud them.

      • Amen. Without them coming forward, it would still be business as usual.
        Give credit where credit is due.

        • People have been coming forward for years. They were all ignored and many got fucked over in the courts by NXISCUM. Did Edmondson and Vicente care one little bit or was it “business as usual”? They left it far to late too deserve any respect.

          Edmondson was angry two months after finding out whose initials were branded over her old lady cooter. She knew if she left cold, NXIVM would come after her, because she knew what NXIVM was like to defectors. Not that she ever cared. It was all me, me, me. Vicente the same. Vicente tried stopping his wife from leaving the cult apparently. To them, it was fine for other people to get harassed by NXIVM but when it was them, then they pretend to be heroes. Anyone who disagrees is a moron. NXIVM is full of shitty scumbags.

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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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