Source: Nancy & Lauren Salzman cooperating – Clare Bronfman, flustered, frustrated that money can’t buy her way out of prison

Lauren Salzman and Clare Bronfman.

A source close to Clare Bronfman told Frank Report that Nancy and Lauren Salzman are cooperating with prosecutors, telling them everything and anything they know about Keith Alan Raniere – the man they worked for, followed, had intimate relations with, and worshiped.

They are hoping to achieve “substantial cooperation” with the government, which will aide in their reduced sentencing.

This is a far cry from the Lauren Salzman who once said she would sacrifice a whole city to save the life of one Vanguard – and sacrificed nearly 20 years of her life waiting for him to impregnate her with the avatar baby he promised.

And Nancy, who had a giant picture of Vanguard as her computer screensaver, and who once said that Raniere’s Rational Inquiry was the greatest discovery since mankind invented writing.

The Bronfman-source confirmed that mother and daughter not only are working to save themselves prison time by pleading guilty but now seem [or pretend] to have been the light – they are finally awakened: Keith Raniere is a fraud. Yes, they know it now – or so they say. He is and always was a very bad man.

The Salzmans are also offering to provide evidence against Clare Bronfman, Kathy Russell, and Allison Mack.

They are turning state’s evidence and Clare knows it.  So does Raniere. The lawyers all know it. Allison’s lawyers know it.  It is unclear, however, if Kathy Russell is aware of it.

Clare, too, seems to have awakened to a degree.

The source added, “Clare is not funding Raniere’s defense anymore,” – inside or secretly outside of the trust fund.  Clare is in “save herself” mode.

She is no longer enamored of the Vanguard.  She wants but one thing: Save herself. Vanguard got her into this and she wants to get out herself.

Clare recently “fired” lead lawyer Susan Necheles and her team and hired Mark Geragos. The old team knew they were fired but were left in the dark about the transition.

Geragos brought in Michael Avenatti, initially, as Clare told the court, to handle a “civil lawsuit in the Western District of New York.”   That civil suit is against me. What role Geragos had in mind with Avenatti in my lawsuit is hard to know since he got in trouble before he could take action and was subsequently fired by Clare.

[I suspect they may have planned to use Avenatti to possibly try to shut down the Frank Report. I am deeply disappointed that I never got to go toe-to-toe with Avenatti. It would have been wonderful publicity for Frank Report. But, alas, he got himself arrested and I never had the chance to take him on on the national stage.]

From what I gather, Clare fired Necheles because she told Clare that the best plea deal she could get from EDNY included prison time.  With all her money, Clare must have felt it outrageous that this pissant lawyer [who she could buy and sell] would tell her  – Clare Bronfman – that she would have to do prison time like she was a common criminal.

Clare honestly thought she could muscle and bully and buy a deal from the Feds – without prison.

This foolish thinking is what led to Avenatti’s and Geragos’ clumsy attempt at trying to make a deal for Clare.  The two lawyers went to Deputy US Attorney Mark Lesko to try to cut a Third Party Cooperation Agreement to buy down prison time  – or at least get severance from the Raniere trial.

They were likely offering to trade evidence and possibly witness[es] to crimes allegedly committed by Nike officials in return for going easy on Clare. How much Clare was going to pay Avenatti and Geragos for this trade-off – if they pulled it off – is anybody’s guess (Hint: Avenatti was arrested for trying to extort $25 million from Nike for the same information – and Geragos was named as a co-conspirator in that case).

We can be reasonably certain that it was evidence against Nike that was offered since Judge Garaufis instructed Lesko to share a letter Lesko had sent to the judge, under seal, about the meeting with Geragos and Avenatti with the Southern District of NY – which is handling the Nike extortion case.

The Third Party Cooperation Agreement blew up in Clare’s face

On March 19, the same day Geragos and Avenatti went to see Lesko, Clare and Geragos were in court on a Curcio hearing.

It was reported that Clare glared at Moira Penza – so much so that Geragos had to tell her to “chill out.”

Penza’s boss – Lesko – had just met with Clare attorneys – the two biggest, toughest, badass attorneys in America. They told him a thing or two. They were going to make a deal. They were going to take care of Clare.

Confident she had the upper hand, Clare would stare down Penza.  Clare was the money queen. Penza was nothing. What does Penza make a year – a lousy $150,000? Why Clare could buy and sell her a thousand times over. So she stared her down.

Then it all blew up the following week. On Tuesday, March 26th [KAR-ma Day for ex-Nxians], Avenatti was arrested. Geragos was identified as co-conspirator #1 and an indictment might be forthcoming for Geragos. it made national news.

Privately, Avenatti was fired from Clare’s criminal cases [and my civil case].

Clare went from having the two most badass lawyers in America to one embattled lawyer who may be indicted this week.

On Wednesday, when Clare went to court for a hastily called Curcio hearing, she was no longer tough girl. She was not trying to stare down anyone.

When asked by Judge Garaufis if Avenatti was one of her lawyers  – a fact not publicly known at the time -and a question he already knew the answer to -Clare did not know how to answer – so she fainted.

The poor little rich girl is going to prison. Her money won’t be able to buy her out. So she fainted or faked a faint.

Nancy always takes care of #1

How much evidence Nancy and Lauren can provide to the DOJ concerning Keith and Clare is hard to say. How much the DOJ needs from them is also uncertain. They had a pretty strong case before Nancy and Lauren stepped up to save themselves.

I do think it’s curious that Nancy – who got her daughter into Nxivm – was first to make a plea deal and made a better deal than Lauren.

First come, first served. Nancy took good care of herself, ahead of her daughter.

It is ironic, one of the driving forces for Nxivm – the Prefect herself – will wind up with the least prison time – yet she orchestrated so much of the criminal enterprise.

In those early days – when Clare was just a young ninny, it was Nancy, as much as Keith, that sucked her into Nxivm and kept her there to be bled dry.

Nancy will get less time than her daughter, less than Clare, maybe even less than Kathy Russell. Yet Nancy was the guilty one behind all of them losing their lives to Nxivm.

One of the guiltiest and dirtiest will get the least prison sentence.

And the people she brought in – will pay a heavier penalty than her.

EDNY smart to drop charges of child porn & sexual exploitation of a minor  – here’s why:

While the EDNY dropped child porn and sexual exploitation charges against Raniere, they have only been dropped from the standpoint of these being separate charges.

All of the child porn and sexual exploitation evidence is still part of the RICO case and are predicate acts.  They’ve been dropped as stand-alone charges only.

In other words, the EDNY jury will see the child porn images and hear testimony from witnesses about Raniere’s child sex offenses – the same evidence – as if they did not drop the charges. The evidence will be presented as part of the racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges. These charges carry maximum terms of 20-years.

The EDNY lost nothing by dropping these charges as stand-alone charges and gained plenty – if the goal is to put Raniere away for a long, long time.

The EDNY is still going to present evidence and Raniere’s co-defendants are all going to have to face the underage sex evidence – as part of the overall conspiracy – which was, in part, to facilitate Raniere’s sexual appetites including his lust for underage girls.

The beauty of this is that the Northern District can separately try Raniere for the child porn and sexual exploitation of a minor as stand-alone crimes – without double jeopardy.

In essence, the DOJ gets two bites at the same apple. Two trials – with the same evidence.

If Raniere should get off on some or all of racketeering charges, the NDNY  – using evidence provided by the EDNY – can try him on child porn and exploitation – which comes with heavy prison time.

If Raniere is convicted at his first trial- and gets say 25 years, then the NDNY can try him next. And if he’s convicted at a second trial, he may get another 25 years.  In one respect, this may be considered the insurance policy that Raniere gets life in prison.

Judges in NDNY are aware of Raniere and Bronfman

If the Nxivm case heads to the Northern District, the fact that Nxivm once probed the finances of federal judges there may loom large at trial.

Keith Raniere ordered the spying. Clare and Sara Bronfman paid for it.  They were defrauded – after spending $1 million to secretly spy on federal judges and other enemies.

Clare and sister Sara hired Canaprobe, a Canadian private detective agency, to spy on enemies, in particular to get offshore bank records. Canaprobe subcontracted the investigative work to two “investigators” who provided reports that turned out to be bogus.

Clare did not know it at the time and paid $1 million to get dirt on judges and other enemies. The laugh was on her when she found out investigators just made stuff up about the judges. [The Canaprobe investigators evidently made this a pattern and went to US federal prison for their defrauding other clients.]

2015 09 21 Legal papers_ NXIVM officials probed finances of 6 federal judges, Senator Schumer, others – Times Union

Whether this will impact a judge’s impartiality, as he or she presides over a trial where the defendants, Raniere and Bronfman, had previously devised a plot to spy on them but were too stupid to hire an honest investigator, is an interesting thing to ponder.

Of course, any judge publicly identified as having been spied on may have to recuse himself.

Viva Executive Success!

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  • OOO! oRANGe anD gReeN! Those lovely 1970’s colors!! Ahhh! So retro! Just like the NXIVM cult, backward -looking, back to the times when women were PROPERTY! and so were SLAVES! Why, oh why, do people fall for the same old things? Prideful, greedy men trick/cajole insecure women (WITH $$$) to help them lure young, unsuspecting and gullible women to become their “toys.” Sad, but it has been happening since Satan lured Eve to the forbidden fruit tree.

  • Poor Clare!!!!!!

    I worry that Clare Bronfmam will not be able to keep her title of Legatus, after she cuts a deal with the DOJ.

    I wonder if Keith Raniere the world’s most ethnical man will find it in his heart to let her keep the yellow sash and the only title she ever earned, the title of Legatus.

    Sadly, Clare does not even own the title of “High School Graduate”.
    Allegedly Clare is the only member of Keith Raniere’s harem that had to pay to belong.

    If the rumors are true Clare Bronfman may be the only woman in the history of civilization that paid to be a concubine. I believe that is a noteworthy achievement for any woman.

    Kudos Legatus!!!!!!!!!!!

  • This is instant KARMA, baby, and a bit of writing at it’s finest:

    “Confident she had the upper hand, Clare would stare down Penza. Clare was the money queen. Penza was nothing. What does Penza make a year – a lousy $150,000? Why Clare could buy and sell her a thousand times over. So she stared her down.

    Then it all blew up the following week. On Tuesday, March 26th [KAR-ma Day for ex-Nxians], Avenatti was arrested. Geragos was identified as co-conspirator #1 and an indictment might be forthcoming for Geragos. it made national news.

    Privately, Avenatti was fired from Clare’s criminal cases [and my civil case].”

  • Fie on you. Lauren and Nancy are filth. Kathy Russell is the ideal and perfect Nxian. Allison too is standing tall. They are trying to railroad her.

  • This story demonstrates why Nancy Salzman has always been the key person to flip.

    Nancy not only knows how to decrypt any encoded files, she also knows 20 years of NXIVM’s dirty little secrets.
    It was only after Nancy started spilling the beans that Clare and Allison started even thinking about a plea deal.
    That’s why Allison Mack wants another 30 days to think about a plea deal when she’s known for almost two years about the other charges.
    The recent allegations of Clare and Allison working together in DOS and grooming children come directly from Nancy and perhaps Lauren.

    Why did Clare hire Geragos as her lawyer?
    Geragos handled the Michael Jackson child molestation case over ten years ago.
    When Clare hired Geragos, she already knew that Nancy had ratted out Clare’s involvement with Allison Mack in DOS and grooming underage girls for sex.

    And why was Allison Mack going on a crying jag a few weeks ago?
    She had been visibly crying.
    Because Allison Mack knew that Nancy had ratted her out.

    And on Crazy Days and Nights, people are speculating that Michael Avenatti was supposed to be Allison Mack’s lawyer to handle any allegations of grooming children.

    • If I recall correctly, when Nancy plead, her attorney specifically said that she was not necessarily cooperating. So we don’t necessarily know that she has “flipped,” as much as just cut herself a better deal than going to trial. Yes, she may want to position herself better when it comes down to her sentencing – but then again, she might be willing to be a martyr for the cause.

      • This could be her strategy. Plead guilty to a lesser number of counts and then not cooperate. However, I think she can be held in contempt of court and potentially have the maximum sentence imposed for non-cooperation. Her prison sentence in this event could still be less than the one she would have received if she went to trial and was found guilty of several charges. It’s also less expensive than going to trial. Time will tell.

  • Not sure why Avenatti was let go from your civil lawsuit, Frank. Perhaps with the multiple criminal lawsuits against him, Geragos decided he would be more hindrance than help.

    Amway tried to shut me up over exposing their scam by suing me, and lost dramatically. At the time, in 2010, they were approaching $9 billion/year, went up for another couple of years, but then came way down and haven’t cracked $9 billion again since. Considering inflation, Amway is shrinking. Amway’s owners make Clare look like a pauper, even before she squandered most of it with Raniere.

    The First Amendment lives.

  • Bronfman was able to use her money and lawyers catering to her, and perhaps even power broker and politicians she rubbed elbows with or bought off, to have her way with the judicial and law enforcement systems in Northern New York for a long time – and to at least succeed in harassing Raniere and her enemies, if not winning their own cases. So it’s not surprising, that she would be surprised to find that all of a sudden she is stymied.

    I still wonder if she didn’t get some lessons passed down from her bootlegger grandfather, who worked with mobsters like Al Capone. And I still suspect she will use mob-type lawyers to fight the case – two of whom are now in trouble themselves for a mob-style shakedown – including resorting to dirty tricks and possibly attempts at jury tampering, the sort of strategy that has worked for quite a few mobsters to get hung juries, acquittals, and successful appeals. NXIVM’s spare-no-expense legal strategy, clearly took inspiration from Scientology’s tactics, including L. Ron Hubbard’s stated principle that “the law can be used very easily to harass” and “the purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than win,” which have all too often been successful, including at avoiding criminal convictions.

  • I hope the DOJ considers Clair’s attempted Third Party Agreememt when a plea deal is requested. Does Clair really have anything to trade for a lighter sentence? With her penchant for be less than truthful, I doubt there is any real information she can offer.

    Her arrogance in thinking she can walk without spending one night in prison is appalling and the judge should come down harder on her to make an example of a wealthy person that tried to subvert the justice system.

    Judge Garafus and DOJ please NO PLEA DEAL FOR PEDOPHILE ABETTORS! Send a message to all child sex abusers society will not tolerate it.

    Brooklyn DOJ please don’t allow Clair to walk as Florida DOJ has with Jeffrey Epstein!

  • I love seeing all the pieces start to fall into place. Hopefully all Nxivm victims will finally get justice.

About the Author

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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