Moira Penza makes the closing arguments for the prosecution.

Part 2: Moira Penza on Raniere: ‘He Was a Conman, a Predator, a Crime Boss’.

This is Part 2, Moira Penza on Raniere.

Part 1: Moira Penza on Raniere: Knox Woods

On June 17, Assistant US Attorney Moira Kim Penza made the closing arguments in the trial of Kieth Alan Raniere. She spoke of a variety of matters, most of them concerning the man who was known to his followers as Vanguard.  In her closing, which lasted about four hours, she refers to Raniere as ‘the defendant”.

She refers also to his inner circle which included, among others, Clare Bronfman, Sara Bronfman-Igtet, Pam Cafritz, Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman, Kathy Russell, Mariana, Camila, Monica Duran, Loreta Garza, Jim Del Negro, Emiliano Salinas, Alex Betancourt, Nicki Clyne, Dani Padilla, Rosa Laura Junco, and Allison Mack.

Here is Moira Penza speaking to the jury on Keith Alan Raniere:

Sex trafficking, child exploitation, forced labor, and so many more crimes. Over the past six weeks, you were given a look behind these doors and into the inner workings of the defendant’s criminal enterprise. Strict but carefully constructed image the defendant’s inner circle made for him, humanitarian, leader, mentor, guru. You saw him for what he, was a conman, a predator, a crime boss.

The crimes he’s charged with span nearly 15 years and include sex trafficking, forced labor, sexual exploitation of a child, possession of child pornography, identity theft, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice. … the defendant was part of a group of people who were working towards a common goal…. he was part of an enterprise; and as part of his involvement in that enterprise, he committed crimes…

The defendant and his inner circle were the enterprise for which he committed crimes.  Now that’s the who and the purpose of the enterprise, but there is also the why and the how.

Now, why would they all be part of this enterprise?

Because they all benefited. The whys in this case are as old as time: sex, money, power.

As head of the enterprise, the defendant tapped into a never-ending flow of women and money. He also gained power and influence and means of control and protection.

Alone, he would just have been a man. Within his inner circle, he was the ruler in his universe in Clifton Park, New York. A crime boss with no limits and no checks on his power.

To the defendant’s most trusted insiders, his word was the law and no one acted except on his say-so.

For their roles in the enterprise, the members of the inner circle gained special privileges with their boss along with the financial benefits of being close to him….

How did this enterprise work? … In a nutshell, through abuse and control.

Grooming women for the defendant, collecting sensitive information and naked photographs, and humiliation by creating financial dependence, isolating people from their friends and family, and by building an us-against-them mentality, and waging war on anyone who challenged the enterprise’s power.

Thereby instilling fear of reprisal in anyone who thought about challenging the defendant or his inner circle.

In short, the defendant and his inner circle used tactics that destroyed his victims’ sense of self and ability to trust. Making them compliant and vulnerable to being used in whatever way the members of the enterprise chose.

And the enterprise was set up to last. First, the enterprise grew itself and furthered its aim by turning its victims into victimizers. …

Second, is the importance of secrecy as an essential part of the enterprise. Some of the defendant’s goals he could achieve through NXIVM and the other public organizations, but for his criminal ambitions, he needed the enterprise: The naked pictures of 15-year-old Camila; the confinement of Daniela; the operation of DOS; the recruitment of virgin successors for him; the illegal surveillance of his enterprise.

It’s important to remember too, that not everyone within the enterprise needs to know everything. Different people serve different purposes for the defendant.

For example, Pam Cafrtiz and Lauren Salzman, they were the defendant’s fixers, when one of his many girlfriends was acting prideful or defiant. Nancy Salzman, she performed that role as well. But she [was] at the forefront of efforts to protect the enterprise through surveillance measures and other tactics meant to destroy.

That’s how criminal organizations work, secrecy.

Even among members of the enterprise, it helps protect it and keep it strong….

The first element is that an enterprise existed.

This is the enterprise. You heard and saw throughout trial overwhelming evidence that these people were associated in fact, which is what is required to find that an enterprise existed…

Members of the inner circle recruited new followers for the defendant from all over the country and all over the world, and that people traveled from these places to New York…

Keith Raniere was the center of the enterprise. Everything else revolved around him. So, of course, he was associated. He was the boss. And he also participated in the enterprise’s affairs. He ran it.

He was the one calling the shots.

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Stayed tuned for Part 3.

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    • Wrong. That’s locking the door to an empty barn. That’s giving equal blame to all. That’s ignoring the root cause. That’s not dealing with the part victim/part perp issue. That’s one size fits all. At best, that’s the old school incorrect thinking that punishment will deter future criminals. That’s a thought from a one track simple mind. That’s shadowstate1958 in a nutshell.

      • That’s teaching everyone in a criminal enterprise that they can not escape justice because they are minor players.
        If they throw in their lot with a criminal gang then they will have to bear the consequences of their criminal choices.
        Stop making excuses for gangsters.
        Raniere is not the only gangster in NXIVM.

  • “To the defendant’s most trusted insiders, his word was the law and no one acted except on his say-so.”
    “It’s important to remember too, that not everyone within the enterprise needs to know everything. Different people serve different purposes for the defendant.”

    These two factual statements are the reasons I continue to defend the female inner circle members from the hate and wrath spewed by many on this site.

      • The two are not mutually exclusive. I’m correct and you’re correct.

        If a guy kills a guy who molested his kid, he’s responsible for his action of murder. But, most would empathize with what drove him to such an extreme and criminal act.

  • Oh Keith….oh Queefie –
    Wouldn’t Moira look soooooo nice wearing your brand?

    Just giving you something to think about. Sweet dreams there, Vantard!

  • Off Topic: Raniere’s Money

    Does you know where Raniere’s millions are?

    Keith Raniere, Nancy Salzman, and Kathy Russel might know. Do you?

    There is one other individual I can think of but my comment will not be published if I mention the persons name or allude to their gender.

    Who has not been indicted and tried from Keith’s inner circle?

    It’s a multi-million dollar mystery!

    If Raniere decides that the individuals helping him hide his money have betrayed his trust down the road he may just rat them out.

    To who it may concern,

    Don’t spend a dime until Raniere’s demise or you may be very sorry!!!

  • Her description work for all but Allison…She didn’t build his image as a humanitarian.She was fed the same BS as the other who were scammed by this monster.
    Nancy and other long term were building this image.
    You said yourself, Frank, that back when you met Allison , she didn’t seem to be interested in Raniere…The court info also show she wasn’t in the inner circle until quite late so i’d say that building his image is definately not Allison’s work.

    “Because they all benefited. The whys in this case are as old as time: sex, money, power.”
    Is she for real? some benefited but some didn’t…Allison, for example, had Nothing. She was Raniere toy (not just sex toy) and he broke her mentally and financially. As for power !? she was ordered Under collateral to do stuff…wow , so much power! Who wouldn’t envy so much power…

    “Grooming women for the defendant, collecting sensitive information and naked photographs, and humiliation by creating financial dependence, isolating people from their friends and family, and by building an us-against-them mentality, and waging war on anyone who challenged the enterprise’s power.”
    Funny, it’s fitting the description of Allison, once again.

    “In short, the defendant and his inner circle used tactics that destroyed his victims’ sense of self and ability to trust. Making them compliant and vulnerable to being used in whatever way the members of the enterprise chose”
    Some of the defendants, Once again what is explained here was clearly showed to be what Allison was victim herself.

    “For example, Pam Cafrtiz and Lauren Salzman, they were the defendant’s fixers, when one of his many girlfriends was acting prideful or defiant. Nancy Salzman, she performed that role as well. But she [was] at the forefront of efforts to protect the enterprise through surveillance measures and other tactics meant to destroy.”
    Funny how ,after defining the victims (with descriptions fitting for Allison), she is not saying what was Allison’s role…

    I understand it was aimed to every défendant, but i point that Penza showed here why she didn’t want Allison to testify…
    All she described (for the victim) is fitting perfectly Allison’s position.

  • Sex, money and power.
    That’s it in a nutshell.
    Nancy stayed for the money. Her power was given over to Clare.
    Clare was there for the supposed power since all she has ever had is money.
    Same goes for Sara though Sara seems quite willing to play the coquette using sex as a tool with men. Clare doesn’t know how to be coquettish thus she uses the influence her money gives her within the group to attempt to bed women.
    Clare is, at one and the same time, to be pitied and feared. I wish she could fund a decent psychoanalyst to help her work out her demons. Add to that friends who can’t be bought or impressed by her so called social standing and she just might become a decent law abiding citizen.

  • Raniere no eres más que un verdadero y legítimo puto…. puto por gallina y puto por tu mente y tus mentiras… vas y chingas mucho a tu madre pinche puto de cagada junto con todos y todas tus achichincles!! He dicho….

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