Clare Bronfman – Mobster Extraordinaire

Given that Clare Bronfman comes from a family of mobsters, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she turned out to be one herself.

But the world might never have known about the mobster side of Clare had she not crossed paths with Keith Raniere AKA The Vanguard.

Raniere recognized that part of Clare early on – and sought to utilize it for his own advantage.

But Clare never balked at anything she was asked to do – even though she knew that many of those things were illegal.

Perjure herself on the witness stand? No problem.

File false claims against others with law enforcement officials? No problem.

Launder money from other countries? No problem

Try to obtain the personal records of federal court judges and Raniere’s “enemies”? No problem.

Hack into someone else’s computer files? No problem.

Falsify applications for non-residents’ Visa applications? No problem.

And on and on and on…


As readers of Frank Report are well aware, Clare recently pleaded guilty to two relatively minor felonies: one count of harboring an illegal alien – and one count of fraudulent use of another person’s identification.

In return for those pleas – and, of course, the payment of a $6 million fine in lieu of the forfeiture of any of her other assets – Clare was allowed to walk away from the much more serious charges of Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy that three of her former co-defendants – Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman, and Allison Mack – pleaded guilty to (Nancy only pleaded guilty to the Racketeering Conspiracy charge).

But according to informed sources, Clare’s plea deal did not include a “Non-Prosecution Agreement” from any other federal district.

Which means that Clare can still be prosecuted for some/all of the other crimes she committed during the time that she ran the NXIVM/ESP crime syndicate, many of which occurred in the Northern District of New York (NDNY).

Of course, in order for Clare to be held accountable for all the illegal acts she committed while serving as Director of Operations and de facto Chief Executive Officer of NXIVM/ESP, the NDNY prosecutors would have to actually do something about the corrupt organization that it allowed to flourish in its backyard for the past two decades.

So, whether Clare will actually face any more charges is pretty much up to Grant C. Jaquith, the U.S. Attorney for the NDNY.

Grant C. Jaquith

Jaquith took office on July 1, 2017 – just a few days after Frank Report first exposed the branding ceremonies that would eventually bring down the entire NXIVM/ESP enterprise.

Although the NDNY would have been the logical venue for the prosecution of Keith Raniere and the other members of the NXIVM /ESP crime syndicate, it was the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) that stepped forward to take on that task.

But during the course of the EDNY’s prosecution of Raniere, Clare and their four co-defendants, four charges were dismissed – and referred to the NDNY – because of issues that were raised about the proper venue for those charges to be prosecuted:
(1) Sexual Exploitation Of A Child – Jane Doe 2 (Keith Raniere);

(2) Sexual Exploitation Of A Child – Jane Doe 2 (Keith Raniere);

(3) Possession Of Child Pornography (Keith Raniere); and

(4) Conspiracy To Commit Identity Theft Regarding Jane Doe 7 (Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman & Others).

So, at the very minimum – which, unfortunately, is much more than we’ve seen in the past from the NDNY – Clare Bronfman should be facing at least one charge there.

But what if Jaquith decides to act like a real U.S. Attorney – kind of like Richard P. Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney for the EDNY – and opens up a full-scale investigation of all the criminal activities that were part of the NXIVM/ESP operation?

Clare Bronfman 

What additional charges might Clare be facing if that were to happen (Raniere would also be facing most, if not all, of those same “additional charges” – as would a host of other former high-level members of the NXIVM/ESP cult)?

Let’s take a look…

For the sake of simplicity, I won’t bother to distinguish federal crimes from state crimes. Nor will I separate out felonies from misdemeanors.

And so, here are some of the crimes that Clare Bronfman could be facing in the NDNY if U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith decides to reverse two decades of indifference and ineptness on the part of his office – and do what’s necessary to achieve justice for all the victims of NXIVM/ESP:

• Employment-Related Crimes
– Failure to Issue W-2 Forms and 1099 Forms
– Failure to Report Income Paid to Consultants & Employees
– Failure to Withhold & Pay Employer Taxes
– Forcing Staff to Kick-back a Portion Of Their Wages

• Financial-Related Crimes
– Bringing Undeclared Money Into the U.S.
– Falsifying Business Records
– Fraud
– Grand Larceny
– Money Laundering
– Operating a Ponzi Scheme
– Reimbursing Staff for Mandated Political Contributions
– Structuring Bank Transactions
– Tax Evasion
– Tax Fraud
– Wire Fraud

• Computer-Related Crimes
– Hacking
– Identity Theft
– Tampering
– Trespass
– Wiretapping

• Immigration-Related Crimes
– Fake Marriages
– Filing Falsified Visa Applications
– Smuggling Unregistered Immigrants Into the U.S.
– Harboring Immigrants Whose Visas Have Expired
– Providing False Documentation to Immigrants to Allow Them to Obtain Visas

• Sex-Related Crimes
– Rape
– Sex Trafficking
– Sexual Assault
– Sexual Exploitation
– Sex Trafficking
– Statutory Rape

• Miscellaneous Crimes
– Assault
– Battery
– Blackmail
– Bulk Cash Smuggling
– Bribery of Elected Officials
– Bribery of Law Enforcement Officials
– Child Abuse
– Coercion
– Conspiracy
– Criminal Facilitation
– Criminal Mischief
– Criminal Nuisance
– Defamation
– Defrauding the Government
– Endangering the Welfare of a Child
– Extortion
– False Advertising
– Falsely Reporting Incidents
– Falsifying Evidence
– Filing False Affidavits
– Forgery
– Harassment
– Hazing
– Hindering Prosecution
– Illegally Accessing Personal Information
– Kidnapping
– Larceny
– Obstructing Governmental Administration
– Operating Unlicensed Day Care Center
– Operating Unlicensed Schools
– Perjury
– Practicing Therapy Without a License
– Retaliation Against Whistleblowers
– Retaliation Against Witnesses
– Slavery
– Stalking
– Tampering with Private Communications
– Unauthorized Scientific Experiments
– Witness Tampering


My list is not exhaustive – but it’s also not a bad place for Mr. Jaquith and his esteemed colleagues to start.

And if they need help putting together the names of the other people besides Clare and Keith who should be investigated with respect to each of the above-listed crimes, all they need to do is reach out – and we at Frank Report will be happy to supply that information.

Time to put on your big-boy pants and get in the game, Mr. Jaquith….

US Attorney Grant C. Jaquith. Does the “C” stand for Champion or Coward?


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    • Interesting piece, thanks for the link.

      This reminder off an issue caught my eye:

      ‘Authorities say the branding was done using a cautery pen without anesthesia by a doctor who is now under investigation by state health officials.

      Eight “Jane Does” in that case have refused to answer questions, saying through their lawyers “the branding was a voluntary free expression of personal beliefs.”’

      I wonder if that was a Bronfman-provided lawyer, and if all eight would say the same thing if asked directly, particularly now that they’ve had more time to reflect on what happened.

      • Some of the “true believers” probably still believe that. The problem is others have come forward with the fact that blackmail (NXIVM calls it collateral) was involved, so it doesn’t matter what those eight Jane Does think.

  • “Lawyers take instructions. Judges RULE according to those instructions. What the f*ck in hell’s name are these millions for-“

  • Why wait for the NDNY to ask for the information- Send it to them and post it on this site as well. STOP playing games and FORCE them to do something.

    • Great Idea, Scott.

      Here is the contact information.

      Albany Office:
      U.S. Attorney’s Office
      445 Broadway, Room 218
      Albany, NY 12207-2924
      Telephone: (518) 431-0247
      Fax: (518) 431-0249

  • Let’s hope that all the victims of NXIVM see justice in the NDNY and that the entire Raniere criminal organization is hung out for all to see. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

  • There is a new article in by Brendan J. Lyons titeled “Raniere stands alone”.

  • I’m holding my tongue and my breath on this.

    It’s so depressing to think the NDNY DOJ and Evil Empire State might let all these crimes go — even though they’ve been widely exposed — in exchange for that measly $6M pay off they got from Clare Bronfman — who’s worth 100x’s that much — in a deal made with her extortionist expert counsel — as they dragged his partner, Avenetti’s ass off in cuffs.

    Touched and inspired that you of all people, Clav, have any trust left the U.S. justice system or humanity to again hope for it to prevail against the decades of decadence we’ve seen in this case. So far.

    Chin up. Justice shall be won if not granted…eventually!

    C’mon, Grant. Be the champ not the chicken! Investigate this whole swamp stink and clean it out of your district before it spreads any further!

    • I’m not sure how much Bronfman is worth anymore – she had to get her sister and brother-in-law to co-sign on her bond “just” to come up with the $100 million. She put much of what she still had available to her in trust at Goldman Sachs, presumably to protect it against judgments – but she will now probably just have to live off income from the investments in the trusts rather than, say, having the cash to buy an island or a horse farm.

      And if she gets hit with lots of civil judgments, she may end up with no liquid assets left, and never again even be able to own property in her name – which would be ironic, because that’s how Raniere was living, being bankrolled by her. She may not end up poor, but her lifestyle will probably be very crimped compared to what she was used to.

      I’m guessing that the $6 million covers the costs for her prosecution and trial, so at least the government and the taxpayers are being reimbursed in a way.

  • Clare is so physically unattractive that Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack had to bribe DOS women to be Clare’s slave. Oops the secret is out.

  • I think its great that Clare Bronfman and her sister Sara allegedly share the same strain of Human Papilloma Virus.

    Care and Sara happen to be Eskimo Twins. They shared the same penis. I wonder what their family members including their mom thinks-

    If Clare goes back to equestrian riding she will be a laughing stock amongst her peers.

  • IF my dog was as ugly as Clare Bronfman I would shave his ass and teach him to walk backwards.

  • Let’s be brutally honest.
    All of the top women in NXIVM are Mobsters and Gangsters.
    They all act like Mobsters and Gangsters.
    They are all Hard Core Criminals.

    What is the classic response to a Mobster getting caught-
    To set someone else up as a fall guy or patsy to take the heat.

    In April 2018, shortly after the arrest of Raniere, the female Mobsters of NXIVM agreed to put all of the blame for the branding on India Oxenberg.
    Salzman & Mack: India Oxenberg to ‘take the fall’ for the sake of the mission
    This report comes from “According to an inside source in Brooklyn:”
    Who is this inside source-
    Probably Nicki Clyne.

    “if any women were coerced, it was India Oxenberg’s fault.”

    Let me repeat the bogus story that Allison Mack and Lauren Salzman concocted.


    Allison Mack is a Mobster.
    Lauren Salzman is a Mobster.

    Well, once a Mobster always a Mobster.

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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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