On Clare Bronfman’s Purchase of Justice From the Department of Justice

The great and glorious Vanguard not only stripped Clare Bronfman of scores of millions of dollars, he stripped her of her clothing and made her wear a jockstrap. Lastly, he stripped her of her freedom. She is going to prison soon.

Clare Bronfman pleaded guilty to two felony charges on April 19, which was Good Friday.  Some of her victims felt it was a bad Friday.

How could it be that the cruelest, most active Nxivm member, the financier of the vicious Keith Alan Raniere, got such an incredible soft plea deal – one that carries a sentencing guideline of 21-27 months? The only one of those who pleaded guilty who will serve less prison time is Kathy Russell.

A plea deal that did not include the serious charges of racketeering?

If Nxivm was a racketeering enterprise, how did its Director of Operations get off without pleading guilty to a racketeering charge?

Little Allison Mack – who had almost zero authority in Nxivm – had to plead guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy. Lauren Salzman, who like Clare, was on the executive board – pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy.  Nancy Salzman – a mere order-taker since 2009 for Clare Bronfman – pleaded guilty to racketeering.

But not Clare – not the wealthy heiress.  The Department of Justice allowed her to plead to two relatively minor felonies and spared her the more serious racketeering charges.

[I doubt her plea deal was a decision made by the Assistant US Attorneys handling the case. Someone with the kind of money Clare has would get her special approval at a higher level than the local Eastern District of New York office, I strongly suspect.]

One fascinating element of this case was that Nancy Salzman was accused of fraudulently doctoring a Nxivm video used in discovery in the Rick Ross litigation. This was a form of perjury and part of how Nxivm engaged in racketeering. They did a lot of racketeering in litigation.

But while they went after Nancy hard, the DOJ knew about Clare’s numerous acts of perjury in various lawsuits, far more serious than doctoring of a little video in a civil lawsuit.

Clare arranged to move the server that hosted Nxivm’s website from Saratoga County to Albany County to get four people criminally indicted – then lied about it in court documents.  Clare went to the grand jury in my case and perjured herself about the existence of a contract she had just testified in a civil lawsuit did not exist.

She perjured herself in criminal cases where people could be imprisoned. The evidence is there. Witnesses would testify. But she was not charged.

Yes, Nancy, who is not a wealthy heiress, had a hand in doctoring a video to edit out potentially damaging clips – in a civil lawsuit, an almost meaningless act [they did not win the lawsuit] and it was about money – no one was going to prison – and they hammered Nancy for that.

There is no justice for the wealthy or the poor. There is only money and there is punishment.

Clare, of course, did plead to two felonies – let’s hand it to the DOJ.  They did not let her off scot-free.

In America, to even charge an heiress is a grand gesture of equality. Then again, how could they not charge her? She was the guiltiest of the lot next to Raniere. Not charging her would have created the most gruesome of optics.

She was 10 times more culpable – and committed many more crimes than Mack or little Lauren Salzman. She funded the whole racketeering criminal enterprise, she and her sister, Sara.

The DOJ could not $ell her a free pass. They had to hit her with something. She was so damn guilty of so many crimes. The optics would have been simply horrendous. If justice is for sale in America, the people, aren’t supposed to know it.

Clare pleaded guilty to harboring an illegal alien for profit.

This is a joke of course – for she did not do it for profit. She has $200 million dollars [she used to have a lot more]. She did not need to cheat the government or her friend, the illegal alien, [readers know her – she is Sylvie {first names only] out of a mere $100,000 in pay.

It was not about the money. It was about the racketeering for which she was not charged.

Clare also pleaded guilty to identity theft – because she paid the late Pam Cafritz’s American Express Card – which Vanguard used after her death.  Again, Clare did not need to get involved in the bullshit use of a dead woman’s credit card for a couple of thousand dollars a month.

She could have given Raniere 1,000 credit cards – legally. Cosigned for him to have anything he wanted – legally.   These are pusillanimous charges.

She paid off dead Pam’s credit card after Raniere used it. This is what she was allowed to plead guilty to – ignoring the real crimes she committed.

Clare Bronfman destroyed people’s whole lives by suing them half to death – bankrupting them, intimidating them, terrorizing them, perjuring herself to ruin them and get them indicted – filing false claim after false claim after false claim.

And they nab Nancy for taking out a few seconds out of a video in a lawsuit against famous cult buster Rick Ross, a man who could easily defend himself and did so and won.

Was the DOJ serious about Bronfman? Or did they simply want some of her money – the $6 million fine she agreed to pay?

The beautiful part about Clare not being charged with racketeering is the government half-inoculated her from being sued by her many victims.

Just as she used her wealth to cheat in all her lawsuits against NXIVM’s enemies, she used her wealth again to buy “justice” from the Department of Justice.  Clare never pleaded to racketeering and, hence, those who have civil claims against her – and there are more than 80 victims who plan to sue her for ruining their lives – will have a harder run.

The DOJ almost gave her a clean bill of health.  This was a wise purchase she made from the Department of Justice. For $6 million, she may have saved herself $30 million or more – plus she got years shaved off her sentence.

[In fact, she may be sentenced to house arrest – which would allow her to travel freely by day and just have to be home at night – at any number of homes she owns].

And Clare can make the argument that she was never found guilty of racketeering. All she did was pay a credit card bill for a dead woman and cheat on a visa application with her friend.

And in broad daylight, we watched the sale of justice. The DOJ gets $6 million – and Clare gets off easy, really easy.  And, best of all, the money – the $6 million – will NOT go to victims.

Bronfman will pay slightly under $100,000 to Sylvie – for lying on Sylvie’s visa, for the money Sylvie would have gotten if Clare had actually paid what she claimed she was going to pay her on her visa application.

$100,000 for Clare is like $100 for the average American. [And $6 million for Clare is like $6,000 for the average American.]

As a side note, you have to consider how vicious Clare really was to the people she and Raniere hated. It was she who kept the “Enemies List”. It was she who led the hacking attacks and litigation to put innocent people in prison.

She loved being a criminal. She loved being brutal. She is like the executioner who, while pretending she does it for society, [for Nxivm’s noble mission] loved to pull the switch.

Even for the petty crimes she pleaded to, it was just pure warm spite that drove her to do them.

At Raniere’s behest, and from the bowels of her own natural depravity, she lied [when she did not have to; she has $200 million] to Immigration & Customs about how much she was going to pay her friend Sylvie by about $20,000 a year or so on a visa application.

[$20,000 per year? That’s like $20 to Clare.]

When Sylvie came here, Clare made Sylvie kick back the money. Not because Clare needed the money. No, she just needed Sylvie poor. Not confident. Not prosperous. Not able to easily pay her bills. Not strong but weak. Dependent. This was part of the Bronfman-Raniere racketeering conspiracy.

They had to lie to get her into the country. They could have paid her what they said they were going to pay her. But that would be enough to make her strong and independent.

So Clare – saying it was all about ethics – made Sylvie kick back. It was stupid for a wealthy heiress to break the law – to commit a felony – for less than $100,000.

This is the same woman who lost, along with her sister, Sara, $68 million in commodities under Raniere’s guidance and did not blink. The next day she and her sister invested and would have lost, but for me, another $26 million or more in real estate in Los Angeles.

It was not about money. It was racketeering in the truest sense. Do you think Sylvie was the only one? There were dozens of Sylvies and the DOJ knows the names of all of them.

Clare is a woman who likely spent more than $50 million in legal fees to sue the bejesus out of Raniere’s enemies – and who committed fraud every inch of the way – perjury and fraud – costing her enemies millions and – she gets charged with a felony to defraud US immigration authorities so she could pocket less than $100,000?

That is not the point. She committed lots of crimes. Sylvie was not the only illegal immigrant who came through lies.  Kathy Russell admitted to doing it with Loreta Garza. But Clare had a hand in that too and with Balu and Sahajo and so many others.

Clare was behind most, if not all, of NXIVM’s illegal immigration activities. It was about keeping women poor. That was Bronfman and Raniere’s racket. Poor immigrants can be controlled and they can’t tell on you either for they have participated in the lie and in the crime.

If the Feds wanted to nail Clare, they could have charged her with a dozen immigration fraud charges – and dozens of other crimes.  And those victims, like Sylvie, would have gotten $100,000 each.

Instead, the DOJ pocketed $6 million. Sylvie got $100,000.

Clare’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, is a super lawyer. He got Jusse Smollett off with zero time. I am not sure what that cost, or who paid it, but somebody got something to be sure.

Maybe Geragos will get Clare off with home confinement, maybe a suspended sentence.  Things are done by degrees – mostly for the optics – when you buy justice.

In the end, there will be little punishment for an heiress who abused and broke the law to punish others for more than a decade.

At a regular department store, you buy electronics at the electronics department, pet food at the pet department, men’s clothing, women’s clothing, home and garden, cosmetics at the appropriate departments.

And in America, you buy justice at the US Department of Justice.

Only there, you need a lot of money.

One rascal, a cad, a criminal named Emiliano Salinas – his father has so much money – at least 10 times and maybe 100 times what Clare and her family have – he bought justice too or his daddy Carlos did. Emiliano didn’t even get indicted. That Salinas deal cost a hell of a lot more than $6 million.

Yeah, for you and me, there is an avenging lady called Justice represented [poorly] by those who blaspheme and mimic in her name. She can be bought off, sold short. But bring your checkbook.

Maybe it’s the same everywhere where men and women are, the same corruption of power.

Sure, they’re going to jam the rascal, the now likely penniless Raniere. That’s easy. That the crowd will cheer. No need to sell him justice for he has no money to buy it.

But his evil twin, his truest disciple, the one who committed, next to him, more crimes than anyone, she bought hers for $6 million.

Raniere will go to prison for 20-30 years or life, whichever is shorter. And Clare who should have been right with him in a year or two will be living abroad – perhaps alternating between Europe and her island paradise in Fiji.

They don’t call it a plea bargain for nothing. No, not for nothing. But it was a bargain alright.

About the author

Frank Parlato

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment

Please leave a comment: Your opinion is important to us! (Email & username are optional)

  • Excellent article Frank. I enjoyed the fine writing.

    Frank there has always been two classes of people and two sets of laws since civilization started, the commoner and the nobility.

    Before judaism, christianity, and islam….

    Hammurabi codified the laws for Nobility and Commoners over 3000 years ago.

    Now Nobility is granted by wealth and not necessarily birth right.

    Clare Bronfman is a miserable human being by all accounts The only people that love her are her mother and sister. She has no redeemable qualities.

    It may not give you any solace but she will die one day unloved and alone.

    • Pot meet kettle.

      How many people love you-

      Hint: Claiming your wife loves you isn’t genuine, since there’s a 63% chance she’s copulating with her male clients. 🙂

      • LOL Bangkok…….

        …….God I miss you so much….

        …….almost as much as the bad case of chlamydia I had last week or the herpes sores on my dick ..

        …..I told you before Bangkok my wife and I attend swinging conventions and have a open relationship……

        I probably should wear condoms though so I don’t end up with a shit head kid like you…..

        Or a Scott “Bangkok” Johnson retarded baby boy……

        ……If you “Scott”Bangkok were my kid I would volunteer to help cleanup Fukushima…

  • If they can declare that the doj acted illegally in the Epstein case and reopen it, then then can also declare that the doj acted illegally here also.

  • “They (Clare & KAR) could have paid her (Sylvy Lloyd) what they said they were going to pay her. But that would be enough to make her strong and independent.”

    YEP. Excellent analysis of their fav enslavement method — financial dependency— and well spoken, as always, Frank. (Shame the original, supportive comments on this awesome, too true thread disappeared.)

    Nx ultimately fleeced my sis, Gina Hutchinson, too, of all she inherited. She was also starved, sleep deprived, hypnotized, harassed and gaslighted in experiments supposedly meant to heal her disintegrations. She was forced to labor and suddenly put to pasture before being “suicided” if not branded like many of the sheople who flocked to — were herded to — DOS including, most famously, Allison Mack and India Oxenberg — millionaires who were deliberately enslaved through financial dependency, among other methods, to billionaires and their guru.

    And the moral of this story is….

  • Some Observations.

    Without Clare and Sara’s generous support of NXIVM over the years, it would have remained an obscure cult in the wilds of Upstate New York.
    Clare and Sara enabled NXIVM to expand widely throughout North America and engage in a wide variety of crimes.
    KR Claviger’s rundown of NXIVM’s crimes is very good and very staggering.
    “Clare’s lawyer, Mark Geragos is a super lawyer. He got Jusse Smollett off with zero time. I am not sure what that cost, or who paid it, but somebody got something to be sure.”

    Even Chicago’s outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pissed off about the Smollet case.
    Emanuel wants Smollet to pay the $130,000 the police spent investigating the case.
    And Smollet refused.

    Who fixed the Smollet case-
    Barack and Michelle Obama and their campaign fundraiser/Fixer Tina Tchen.
    Obamas’ Chicago Fixer Tina Tchen’s Role in Smollett Case
    Michelle Malkin / @michellemalkin / March 27, 2019 / 110 Comments

    I suspect that Clare’s role in raising money for Hillary Clinton and other New York Democrats helped buy her Justice and Mercy.
    “She (Clare) is like the executioner who, while pretending she does it for society, [for Nxivm’s noble mission] loved to pull the switch.”

    The alocutions were all farces.
    All of the defendants, die hard, brutal cruel criminals, got up in court and proclaimed they believed they were working to build a better world.
    But for that scoundrel Raniere, they would have succeeded.
    And somehow they all kept straight faces.
    “One rascal, a cad, a criminal named Emiliano Salinas – his father has so much money – 10 times – 100 times what Clare and her family have – he bought justice too or his daddy Carlos did. Emiliano didn’t even get indicted. That Salinas deal cost a hell of a lot more than $6 million.”

    As the trial unfolds in Brooklyn, the Salinas family and their friends are already quietly working to rebuild NXIVM under new management and with a new name.
    They’ll find a new puppet to serve as a figurehead (Vanguard Nicki Clyne-) and they will stay away from Raniere and Mack’s asinine sex trafficking.
    If a dolt like Raniere can be Vanguard, why not Nicki Clyne- She seems to be as bulletproof as Emiliano Salinas and Alex Betancourt.

    NXIVM 2.0 will be oriented around the same money laundering and immigration fraud activities as the old NXIVM.
    And NXIVM 2.0 will be a handy way to covertly funnel foreign money into US political campaigns earning gratitude from the Democratic Party bosses who want to rule America for 70 years the same way Salinas’ PRI party ruled Mexico from 1930 to 2000.

      • I remember when states like California, Illinois and even New York had vibrant two political parties.
        Every election was potentially competitive.

        The demographics of America have shifted so radically that those states are Democratic strongholds.
        And when Texas and Florida turn blue, American politics will resemble Mexico’s politics.
        The tipping point will occur around 2030 unless voting patterns change dramatically.

        As for NXIVM, don’t expect it to go away.
        Too many rich and powerful people found it to be a useful tool for their schemes.
        It will continue to exist in some form, just without the sex cult madness.

    • The big money Bronfman gave to NY state Republicans, and all the politically-connected firms she has hired from D’amato’s (R), to former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft’s (R) law firm that represented Nancy Salzman individually, and still is the corporate attorney for NXIVM, has probably been equally important – and possibly even more so in helping her buy “buy her Justice and Mercy”.

      The real issue is influence buying and corruption that extends to both political parties, and that can actually be seen in the way that Bronfman has indeed played both sides by donating to them and employing their influential firms. To ignore that is to fall into the ideological trap that actually perpetuates the system and its overall corruption.

      Cynthia Kisser, former head of the Cult Awareness Network that Scientology bankrupted and then bought out, once said, rather controversially, that political parties were like cults – but I think she’s right. Each depends on diehard true believers focused on attacking the evil opposition, and who are willing to ignore or overlook the transgressions of their own side and its leaders – often according to the same cynical ends-justifies-the-means rationale at work in cults or high control groups.

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.

IMDb — Frank Parlato

Contact Frank with tips or for help.
Phone / Text: (305) 783-7083
Email: frankparlato@gmail.com