Kathy Russell takes plea deal – faces six to 12 months

By Village Diane 

Kathy Russell pleaded guilty today to one count of Visa Fraud.

Apparently she made one of more false statements regarding a Visa application for a Rainbow Cultural Garden nanny.

The government said she presented documents with false statements regarding a job description and salary on a Visa application.

Kathy faces a maximum of 10 years.  However, the judge said her likely sentence is going to be six to 12 months. He said, she can only appeal if she is sentenced to 18 months or more.

She was wearing a dark gray suit.

Restitution and forfeiture for the nearly destitute former bookkeeper for Nxivm will be determined by the court.

In her allocution, she said she knowingly presented documents that contained fraudulent information in support of a Visa application for an foreign national.

“I’m very sorry for the trouble I have caused,” Kahty  told the judge, her voice breaking. “I compromised my own principles.”

She said it contained false descriptions, false statements of a job description and a phony salary.

She mentioned Nxivm and Rainbow Cultural Gardens and said that an alien was promised a management position but ended up in Rainbow Cultural Gardens and was not getting the salary put on the application.

Kathy said she knew what she did was wrong and that she compromised her own principles. She was crying when she said that.

I did not hear her mention Keith Raniere.

She will be sentenced on July 31.

Afterward, her lawyer made a statement that Kathy Russell was “happy and relieved to get this painful chapter behind her. And she wants to be going forward to rebuild her life.”



Kathy pleaded guilty to a single count of visa fraud. In 2014, she made false statements in a document to the United States Consulate in Mexico to help Loreta Garza Davila obtain a visa. Loreta, a DOS slave headed Rainbow Cultural Garden and was with Raniere in Mexico when he was arrested on MArch 26, 2018.

Photo Tom Gargiulo: KAthy Russell leaves court after pleading guilty to one count of Visa fraud.
Moira Penza [r] leaves court after a days’ work. Clare the absolute director of Nxivm faces 21-27 months. Kathy Russell – on the lowest rung of Nxivm faces 6-12 months. Photo by Tom Gargiulo. 

More photos of Kathy leaving: Photos by Village Dianne:


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  • Fab story and pics, Diane. Kathy looks good. Pray she walks straight into a NYC publishing house with a manuscript draft — there are dozens of stories worth telling in this — instead of turning back to a criminal life of illusion and sacrifice to a lie.

    [That’s the scary part about these short sentences with Clare’s justice buy-out setting the bar so low. There are hundreds of Kathy Russell’s — some still hovering around Clifton Park — who won’t be so dissuaded from serving a Nancy Salzman or Clare Bronfman or KAR’s criminal interests if the rap for doing so beats bouncing a check for an essential you can’t afford in a minimum wage job w/o benefits, anyway. Soon, they may not even need brainwashing to lose their consciences. Hello corruption, bye, bye Miss American Pie.]

    • That’s the top end of the sentencing guidelines. If enough people with personal experiences with Bronfman stand up on two legs, for a change, write the judge a letter and show up at the sentencing hearing, it could be more. But if you’re determined to be defeated, then you probably already are.

  • Wow this one just seems like a waste of good tax payer money. Seems like Kathy russel just got caught up in the net while the feds were fishing… why not just get her some good counseling and let this one go??

  • Why was their no sentencing guideline range mentioned at Lauren and Allison’s hearings? Also why is theirs later? I would think since they plead guilty earlier, they would have an earlier sentencing?

    • Good rhetorical questions. Are you suggesting it’s bc the guidelines on Lauren and Allison’s 40-year potential sentences if spoken aloud would have alerted the media or less knowledgeable, keen observers — not blinded by the sex angle entirely — to the paltryness of the guidelines on Clare’s accepted no-RICO charges plea deal vs. theirs?

      Do you also suspect, as I do, that Clare is fixed to be sentenced first to avoid the same glaring comparison and reports or observations as to the discrepancy in the deals?

          • We’ll discuss when we talk about more important matters later, Frank, but please be advised and inform whomever else is editing at FR not to allow Scott Johnson aka “Bangkok” to stalk and harass me and your readers by placing comments before and after mine that deliberately alter the meaning of the content.

            Scott Johnson is a known, repeat offender in this and other online harassment techniques. He has been banned from websites, including Twitter, successfully sued, fined and is under court orders to cease these type activities on other distributors’ “Amway” and personal websites.

            In fact, Scott’s falsely alleged, self-proclaimed Amway “victory” is a perversion of a court verdict protecting other Amway distributors — his former “competitors” — from Scott Johnson.

            Johnson was an Amway distributor himself for over 6 years — not a “spy” against Amway for those years — as Scott has falsely claimed when confronted here on FR.

            The verdict protected his Amway competitors from SCOTT’s, not Amway’s, malicious, illegal activities including slander and placing false orders from their websites under alias’, etc.

            Amway was only fined BECAUSE OF Scott Johnson’s activities as one of their distributors to thwart other distributors — that he blamed on Amway.

            Scott Johnson had nothing to do with a separate class action suit won against Amway which Scott Johnson attempts to take credit for by confusing it with the suit his fellow Amway distributors had no choice but to bring against him to stop him from ruining their distributor businesses through deception. (He may have received a tiny portion of the pay out to hundreds of distributors.)

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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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