Part 2: Allison Mack’s plea hearing: Her complete allocution: ‘I hurt good people through my misguided adherence to Keith Raniere’s teachings’

The following is from the transcript of Allison Mack’s plea hearing.

On April 8, 2019, Allison Mack appeared before US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn Federal Courthouse to withdraw her plea of not guilty to Counts 1 and 2 of the second superseding indictment and plead guilty to those counts.

Counts 1 and 2 are racketeering conspiracy and racketeering.

Her lawyers, Sean Buckley and William McGovern appeared with Mack.

Assistant US Attorneys Moira Kim Penza, Tanya Hajjar, Mark Lesko, AUSA, with the US Attorney’s Office Eastern District of New York, appeared for the prosecution.

After pleading guilty to the two counts the judge required her to make an allocution, in effect to confess on the record that she did indeed commit the crimes she pleaded guilty to a moment before.

[To read what happened prior to her allocution see Part 1: Allison’s guilty plea hearing: The judge explained her rights; the prosecution lays out charges they would have proved at trial]

THE COURT: So at this time, I’d like you to tell me what you did to commit these crimes. And if you are reading a prepared allocution, I would like you to do so slowly. Are you reading —

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, Your Honor.

THE COURT: — your allocution?


THE COURT: Have you discussed your allocution with your attorneys?

THE DEFENDANT: I have, Your Honor.

THE COURT: You viewed it with them?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, Your Honor.

THE COURT: All right. And you are satisfied that it represents your best statement about what you did; is that right?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, Your Honor.

THE COURT: Okay. Why don’t you go ahead and read your allocution.

THE DEFENDANT: I am here to plead guilty before Your Honor. [she starts crying]

THE COURT: Do you want to take a moment?

THE DEFENDANT: I’m fine. No. Thank you. Thank you, Joe.

This past year has been one of introspection and self-examination, but, also, a year of understanding and acceptance. It has been a year of looking at what I had done for the past ten years, looking at my relationships with other members of NXIVM, friends, family, and associates, looking closely at the decisions I made, the people I trusted, and, more importantly, those who placed their trust in me. And having done so, I am prepared to take responsibility for acts in which I was involved, some of which I now recognize were wrong.

As Your Honor is aware, I dedicated years of my life to an organization in which I and others truly believed, NXIVM. In the course of my time with NXIVM, I became close with many individuals, many of whom are wonderful people, and some of whom I now realize are not.

But relevant here, I became close with Keith Raniere. I joined NXIVM first to find purpose. I was lost and I wanted to find a place, a community in which I would feel comfortable. Over time, I truly believed that I had found a group of individuals who believed, as I did, and who were interested in trying to become better people and in doing so make those around them better. And when I came to that realization, misguided though it was, my purpose shifted from trying to help myself to helping other people. Through it all, I believed that Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people, and that my adherence to his system of beliefs would help empower others and help them.

I was wrong. And I now realize that I and others engaged in criminal conduct. My misguided beliefs and dedication of what I believed were the principles underlying NXIVM, Keith Raniere’s teachings, resulted in my agreeing to support the criminal enterprise that is alleged in the indictment.

The goal of the enterprise that I joined was to further and promote the objectives of Keith Raniere. Between August 2015 and April 2018, I was aware of and participated in some of the criminal objectives of the enterprise, and I conspired and agreed with others to commit certain racketeering in furtherance of this enterprise.

Specifically, from in or about August 2015 through June 2017, within the Northern District of New York, Eastern District New York and elsewhere, I was a member of secret society founded by, developed by, and ultimately led by Raniere. At Raniere’s direction, I and other women sought to recruit other women to join DOS. As part of my association in DOS, I knowingly and intentionally took and withheld property from Jane Doe 5 and Jane Doe 8, two women who were known to me and who were involved as DOS members.

This property was referred to as collateral, which consisted of material or information that belonged to these DOS members and which those DOS members would not want revealed because it would be personally damaging or ruinous.

I encouraged Jane Doe 5 and Jane Doe 8 to deliver this collateral to me, through my participation in a scheme that was designed to instill in them a fear that if the property was not delivered, we would expose collateral previously given to the organization, which could have been embarrassing and personally damaging to themselves or others, if released.

From in or about October 2015 to June 2017, within the Northern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and elsewhere, I knowingly and intentionally obtained the labor and services in the form of so called acts of care from Jane Doe 5 and Jane Doe 8.

Acts of care included having these women perform services for me. I obtained these labor and services from Jane Doe 5 and Jane Doe 8 through, among other things, being part of a scheme, namely DOS, designed to make them believe that if they did not perform the requested acts of care, they could suffer serious harm. The serious harm in this case would be the specter of the release of their collateral, which they had pledged in order to join the organization.

From October 2015 to June 2017, within the Eastern District of New York and elsewhere, I knowingly and intentionally worked with others and devised a scheme to make materially false representations and admissions regarding DOS in order to obtain property from DOS members. Specifically, I concealed Keith Raniere’s role as the head of DOS and characterized DOS as a women’s only organization, knowing that Keith Raniere was the head of the organization.

The property obtained, which was considered collateral, included credit card authorizations, false accusations against family members and friends, explicit photos and videos, and rights to assess — rights to assets and property. The collateral that I just described was transmitted in interstate and foreign commerce via e-mail, telephone text messages, and telegram.

Your Honor, having reviewed the charges against Keith Raniere in the most recent indictment and having many months to reflect on my own actions and motivations of others, I have come to the conclusion that I must take full responsibility for my conduct. And that is why I am pleading guilty today.

I am very sorry for the victims of this case. I am also very sorry for the harm that I caused to my family. They are good people who I have hurt through my misguided adherence to Keith Raniere’s teachings. I apologize to them from the bottom of my heart, and I am truly very sorry for what I have done. Through this plea and the help of others, I have begun the process of healing and repairing the relationships in my life.

I wish to thank the Court, Your Honor, the prosecutors, my lawyers, and, most importantly, my family for their role in this process. I know that I am and will be a better person as a result of this.

THE COURT: Thank you.


After she read her allocution, the judge asked, “Is there anything else from the government?”

PENZA: No, Your Honor.

THE COURT: All right. Ms. Mack, based on the information you have given to me, I find you are acting voluntarily, that you fully understand the charges, your rights and the consequences of your pleas. There is, moreover, a factual basis for your pleas. I, therefore, accept your pleas of guilty to Counts 1 and 2 of superseding indictment S-2, and I am going to set a date for sentencing.

I am scheduling Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 12-noon for sentencing. You will be contacted by a probation officer for a pre-sentence interview. You will want your attorneys to be present at the interview. The probation officer will need to receive information about your background, your education, for instance, your finances, your family, and other information that is relevant to my consideration of the appropriate sentence for you.

You will — once you have met with the probation officer, the probation officer will prepare a pre-sentence report, and you will receive a copy of that report in writing, as will the government and the Court. You will have the opportunity to review the report with your attorneys, and if there’s anything in the report that’s mistaken, or if there’s anything about you that you think the Court should know for sentencing purposes, you can add whatever you think would be appropriate after discussing that with your attorneys.

In addition, once your attorneys, I expect, will be providing the Court with a memorandum in support of your position on sentencing, the government will also write a statement to the Court, and I will have read everything that’s provided before you come to court to be sentenced. Also, if there’s something that you think of at the last minute that you believe should be considered by the Court, discuss it with your attorneys first, and then you will have the opportunity to bring it to my attention at the time of sentencing. I will also hear from the government and from your attorneys at that time.

Do you understand all of that?

THE DEFENDANT: I do. Thank you.

THE COURT: Do you have any questions about it?

THE DEFENDANT: No, Your Honor.

THE COURT: On the issue of bail, bail continues without — on the same terms and conditions; is that right?

PENZA: Yes, Your Honor.

THE COURT: All right. I agree to that.


At 12:41 p.m., the proceedings were concluded.

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  • I am unaware of what others have filed under “seal” but isn’t Mrs Mack the first to be publically charged in NVIVM for crimes in one state whilst also admitting they occured in another state at the same time?

    Hello Northern District!

    • Inception, Claviger, Frank, anyone…

      What’s up with that? Seems funky to me that Allison repeats “In the Northern District, Eastern District and ELSEWHERE in her plea on most of the charges.

      Does that mean she can’t ever be tried on those charges anywhere?

      What makes you think it means there will be NX prosecutions in NDNY, Inception?

      I’m fearful it may Nix prosecution elsewhere for other potential guilty defendants as well as she if the biggest fish are already fried or seen to be in EDNY????!!!!!!

      • For her maybe but that is actually the contrary for the others.
        She recognized that she was guilty (while member of NXivm) of those crimes in each district and more.

        If she is cooperating (and her plea deal smell like that), it mean she is witnessing that they committed crimes like those in the district cited.

        She is trialed as a member of a Racketeering group and If she is guilty of this, not being the head of the racket, they were too.

        Atleast that’s how i read it.

        She wasn’t worried by a NDNY potential case so even so, i doubt i would impact the case in that district against the beast.

      • The biggest fish still needs to be fried!

        I took it more as two fold As in there is more to come that they can bring to the defendants and it also held a big neon sign up to the Northern District at the same time because we all know Albany isn’t in the Eastern District, is it?

  • […] In her plea, Alison Mack says she now realizes that many of the people in NXIVM were not good people… She strikes me as one of those girls who would come to that conclusion once she realized she had to totally turn on them to save herself. […]

  • The only real justice her victims will get is if the Judge gives her a long sentence.

    Mack was in deep and did a lot of crimes she is guilty of. She only confessed to two.

    Her victims will live with their brands and emotional scars forever. She doesn’t even have to register as a sex offender for life.

    • She may not suffer for long in terms of length of prison term, but her career is over and her life is changed for the worse. She’ll likely be mocked and rebuked for the rest of her life from people wherever she goes especially if she tries to make a career comeback. Despite what most people profess, most people are not forgiving, especially from a distance.

      She picked the worst time to manipulate women in the name of female empowerment for the lusts of a man even if she was somewhat manipulated herself into doing so, i.e., at the height of the #metoo movement, which started in an industry she belonged to.

      The producers of the “Oz” animated film she did which I believe was her last industry work disassociated with her ASAP as soon as she was indicted.

    • How about you tell us if you are a victim?

      The only real justice is if Raniere is off the grid forever.

      She was nothing but a pawn and in the end didn’t do more that some people who got scold free (included someone who WAS indicted then removed from the indictement)

      She was obviously not deep or else they would have proved it. The fact is until 2016, she was absolutely in nothing.

      The brand wasn’t her idea, her concept nor her work (I remind they accepted the mark, were holding each other and the branding was done by Dr roberts).
      The only one who should be branded is Raniere.

  • If she is taking full responsibility why is she blaming Raniere?

    How could she had been lost when she was at the height of her acting career?

    Was her acting community not enough?

    How can she say it was over the last year of reflection, but not until the 2nd set of indictments came out she realized how bad Raniere was?

    How could she not know her actions from 2016 – 2018 were not criminal?

    • Are stupid, she took responsability for Following blindly KAR.

      He is untimately the one behind the order .
      You understand nothing, she was lost, she was talking about it on her blog. Everything she says fit with reality, like it or not.

      She stated that it’s after reviewing the charge against KAR…She was shocked at the child exploitation part.

      Whether you and some of the moron here Believe it or not, she wasn’t aware of the child part.

      Why i haven’t seen such a ridiculous explosion of hatred when the 2 worst did their plea deal?

      She is the only that cooperate (for sure), it could not be otherwise as her plea deal is clearly showing it.

  • “rights to assess — rights to assets and property.”

    IDK if Allison misspoke, Fruedian slip or Frank typo? Or if she’s admitting to sex trafficking and there should be a comma not a hyphen? Guess I’ll have to read the transcript for a bed time story.

    Did anyone there hear it?

  • ok so i’m a lost here
    i thought “RICO” enhanced charges were in play here
    did the feds drop such enhancements ?

    i had always thought “RICO” enhanced charges did in fact carry stiff minimums too
    but everything i’m reading now with this case is
    there is no minimum terms set

    can someone elaborate or explain “RICO” and how now
    RICO isn’t discussed with this case against those who have plead

    • I’m not sure what you mean by “RICO-enhanced charges”.

      RICO charges – which in this case are Count One: Racketeering and Count Two: Racketeering Conspiracy – carry a maximum sentence of 20-years but no minimum sentence.

      Nancy pleaded to Racketeering Conspiracy.

      Lauren pleaded to Racketeering Conspiracy and Racketeering.

      Allison pleaded to Racketeering Conspiracy and Racketeering.

      The real power of RICO is that it allows prosecutors to reach back and cite predicate acts that might not otherwise be prosecutable to prove the existence of a criminal enterprise.

      So far as I know, the only charges in this case that carry a “minimum maximum” sentence are the ones that concern sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child (I haven’t researched every charge but I think that’s correct).

      The sex trafficking charge carries a “minimum maximum” sentence of 15 years.

      The “minimum maximum” sentence for sexual exploitation of a child varies on the age of the child.

      Hope this helps…

      • Krclaviger,

        You just provide people with links to your previous posts when applicable.

        You will save time and energy. It would not be rude at all.

  • That statement clearly throws Keith under the bus. Cooperation agreement seems obvious. Interesting she mentions her believes-or should I say the believes Keith installed in her. psychological dynamics are now being brought to surface.

    • Through your last 3 messages, you demonstrated that you were definatly lying about being a victim of a cult…not a surprise over here but still, must be noted

      • It seems that you know little about how cults work, being a victim of a cult does not mean that you do not get to do very bad things to yourself or others by including your family, and if you ask for justice, it is possible that the DOJ is a bit flexible with Some of the accused according to their background just ask you why they did not touch India Oxenberg if she was one of the original defendants.

  • How about NXIVM making monetary reparations to those whom it swindled.
    Hey! Allson! Keith depleted your 8 million to nothing, so much so mommy and daddy had to put up their home, their pensions, etc to bond you out.
    Ask Clare bear for a refund since she is, more than likely as you term it, one of the good ones.
    Look, if the real agenda was to bed both sexes when one felt like it ya didn’t have to join a cult to do so. Besides that’s disingenuous.
    Lots of folks out there ya could’a hooked up with and saved yourself all this trouble.
    And, yeah, I am sure Allison reads,or knows, what is said on Frank’s blog.

  • Misguided?
    She is without decent morals.
    One does not wish her well. She harmed too many.
    Maybe Clare will take her to Fiji.
    Lol yeah, right. Clare will take care of only Clare.
    Bye, bye Allison and to your pontificating about others disintegrations.

    • in principle you must analyze yourself to know your own motivations to hate, you are talking about so many victims and I’m sure you have not even bothered to read the previous publications of Frank on DOS and the haren in them the public two lists of members of DOS and haren and according to Frank’s sources the majority of these women just went silent for fear of being exposed and others remain faithful, that tells you .. I bet many of them are still willing to call allison friend while others are faithful call it a traitor.

  • I cannot WAIT to see KAR sizzle like a flash in a pan.

    Also, I have to wonder if the ‘A’ in the brand was for his middle name somehow?

  • Love this “horse” part from page 7, “Here, the enterprise engaged in various types of conduct that affected interstate and foreign commerce, including selling horses to individuals in Brooklyn, Queens, other states, and outside the United States, that promoted Raniere’s teachings and recruiting individuals who traveled in interstate commerce from other states and countries to reach Albany, New York, including through John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, to join the pyramid organizations as described in the second superseding indictment.” Obviously a typo, and appropriate, since Mack definitely did some horse trading. If the details had come out in court, it would have publicly exposed the truly disgusting acts she was involved in and resulted in a long prison sentence.

    I like the twice the profits fine as well. That’s a lot of money. I wonder if the money is kept by the government or returned to those who were scammed.

    The FBI used the word “pyramid” twice in their statement, which is not the typical definitional use of the word in MLM scam-land. Pyramid in the context of MLM scams refers to lack of retail sales to non-distributors, which results in most people losing money in MLM scams, especially when tool scams and legitimate overhead costs are considered. NXIVM appears to be legitimate from the standpoint of having lots of retail sales to non-distributors, but they made up for it by keeping almost all of the “distributors,” i.e., coaches, buying more “horses” and thus resulting in a similar net result of most of the money going to the upper level of scum at the top, as is done with all MLM scams. Mr. Ed would be impressed.

  • She has broken away. She will serve time, pay for her crimes, and hopefully will leave prison to do some good with whatever time she has left. Now onto the worse of the bunch (AKA Keith).

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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.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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