Raniere Caught With Cell Phone; Sent to SHU for 30 Days

[This just in from a reliable source at the Metropolitan Detention Center [MDC]. Our sources at MDC have to remain deeply covert and carefully get information out to us to avoid detection. They can only communicate with us periodically. We can’t just call them on the phone for updates.] 

BROOKLYN –Keith Alan Raniere [AKA prisoner #57005-177] was caught with a cell phone in prison.

He was removed from his cell in the pre-sentencing section of MDC and sent to the Special Housing Unit [SHU] where he remains in solitary confinement.

He is permitted to leave his cell for one hour per day to exercise but is not permitted to associate with other inmates during that hour.

The cell phone incident occurred about two weeks ago, and Raniere has been in the SHU since then. He has two weeks remaining before he can rejoin fellow detainees who have been convicted but have yet to be sentenced. He was housed there when he was caught with the phone.

Raniere’s sentencing date, originally scheduled for late September, has been postponed by the judge prior to the cell phone incident. It is believed he will be sentenced in late October or November.

Raniere, who was known to followers as Vanguard, was convicted on June 19, 2019, a date now known as Vangone Day.

He has been in federal custody since March 26, 2018, following an arrest by Mexican Federal Police in Puerto Vallarta, where he was found hiding in a closet of a villa and was immediately deported. The FBI arrested him later in the day as he crossed the border into Texas.

That Raniere procured and used a cell phone in prison surprised no one. It has been long rumored that he remains in contact with followers. Recently defected Nxians told Frank Report that they wondered how his orders to followers were being conveyed.

It is believed that Nxivm is now being run by Clare and Sara Bronfman [funding], Edgar and Omar Boone [Mexican operations], Loreta Garza [Rainbow Cultural Garden], Esther Carlson [Nxivm USA], Nicole Clyne [DOS], and James Del Negro [SOP].

Raniere’s cell phone is likely in FBI possession for analysis.  It should be interesting for agents to see who Raniere has called.

While Clare Bronfman is likely to have used a burner phone to speak with Raniere [if she did speak to him], calls may be traceable to her home.

Bronfman lives at her Manhattan luxury apartment. The terms of her $100 million bail package subject her to home confinement but permit her to leave her apartment two times per week for 90 minutes and once per week for two hours for exercise and shopping.

The reason Raniere’s cell phone was confiscated is that, in federal prison, a cell phone is considered to be contraband. The only way for prisoners to make authorized calls is to use the payphones that are available in each unit. Payphone calls can be monitored by prison personnel and, if a warrant has been granted, by federal law enforcement.

In the case of a high-profile racketeering criminal such as Raniere, whose enterprise is still under investigation, it is likely that his payphone calls are monitored and recorded to gather additional evidence against him and his associates.

The typical penalty for possession of a cell phone by a prisoner is 30-days in the SHU. Following that, typically, for an additional period of time, the prisoner is not permitted to use the payphones.

Prior to being sent to the SHU, Raniere was in the section of MDC where pre-sentencing detainees are housed.

Where Did He Get the Phone?

Almost all cell phones used by prisoners are brought into prison by Corrections Officers [COs]. It is not known if Raniere bought the cell phone directly from a CO or from a prisoner who acted as a middle man.

According to one former prisoner at MDC, from 1/3 to 1/2 of the COs supplement their income by providing contraband to prisoners.

Raniere likely took pains to hide the phone and speak quietly at times when no one was near. The ringer was most likely off. He may have spoken from beneath his sheets in bed in a whisper. Somehow he got caught.

One former inmate at MDC told Frank Report that it is possible that whoever sold Raniere the cell phone also turned him in. Raniere is not well-liked at MDC, our sources have told us.

The cost of an illegal cell phone at MDC varies but is usually in the $100-$200 range.

Sometimes, COs work with a reliable prisoner who does the direct marketing of cell phones and other contraband to prisoners including alcohol, drugs, porn, food and other items.

This blot on Raniere’s prison record is not considered significant despite the fact that he is awaiting sentencing. It will likely be mentioned in his pre-trial sentencing report, but, since he is facing a minimum of 15 years, and more likely a life sentence, possession of a cell phone is likely to be a blip on the radar.

Did He Talk to Clare and Other Nxivm Convicts?

Clare Bronfman is also awaiting sentencing, as are Allison Mack, Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman, and Kathy Russell in the Nxivm racketeering case.

If it is determined that any of these were in phone contact with Vanguard, they may face stiffer penalties, since all co-defendants [with the exception of mother and daughter Salzmans] are prohibited from speaking with each other unless an attorney is present.

Of the five co-defendants, I believe only Clare Bronfman is steadfastly supporting Vanguard.

Lauren dramatically testified against him.

Nancy has been heard denigrating him to friends and former Nxivm members. [That could be an act.]

Allison Mack, in a teary-eyed allocution, denounced him to the world. [How sincere that was is anybody’s guess.]

Kathy Russell may still long for the golden days of Nxivm when she and Raniere found young vixens to inveigle into threesomes, but she has no doubt been advised to steer clear of her Vanguard. She faces only 6-12 months based on sentencing guidelines.  Would Kathy take his calls? Possibly.

But the more significant question is why would he bother to call her?

Raniere doesn’t need Kathy. His calls from prison would more likely be made to those still active in Nxivm and who are not sidelined by the fact that they are awaiting sentencing.

The only Nxivm convict who could be really helpful to Raniere is Clare – both because she’s running Nxivm and because of her wealth.

Bad to Worse for Raniere

Overall, things have gone poorly for Vanguard. He was convicted on June 19th after a humiliating and disgusting six-week trial that saw the jury render a verdict within three hours: Guilty on all counts.

He was placed on suicide watch. He has been beaten up several times despite his claim of having prodigious judo skills.  He has had his glasses stolen several times. Shit put in his shoes. He contacted ringworm and other ailments. He is almost universally despised by both guards and inmates, especially Mexicans who have learned about his abuse of Mexican women and girls.

He went from the luxurious and pampered life he lied to achieve and enjoyed for decades to the life he deserves – and which he will likely have to endure for decades – or for as long as he lives.

As he said so often when he was destroying others and loving it, “He who has the most joy wins.”

Viva Executive Success!

 

As you enjoy your day, free to do what you like and see who you want, keep in mind that Keith Alan Raniere sits alone, in a small cell, without any human contact other than the occasional guard who doesn’t like him, eating the most miserable food, having nothing to do all day and with nothing to entertain himself other than his thoughts {not unlike Dani] and that for most people this would be hell, But keep in mind also that Keith Alan Raniere is ‘unified’ and a renunciate so this is nothing to him at all.

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  • Until his enthusiastic accomplices are properly tried and sentenced, I will consider him to be a fall guy as well as being a convicted habitual criminal. With most of the focus on Raniere and Mack, other members of the crime are sitting pretty enjoying the summer.

    • If the “enthusiastic accomplices” you’re referring to are his codefendants, they won’t be tried, they already plead guilty. There may be additional trial(s) in NDNY and/or at the state level, but we don’t know for sure at this time. He’s not a “fall guy,” he’s the leader. I doubt the others are enjoying the summer very much, confined to their homes and wearing ankle bracelets, awaiting sentencing and potential future prosecutions. But they certainly aren’t in as a miserable place as Raniere.

    • Paul ,

      That’s how RICO cases go!

      An example:

      Over 25 years ago Sammy the bull Graziano (Mafia underboss) killed 19 people. The government cut Graziano a deal so that John Gotti (Mafia boss) could be convicted.

      That’s life!

      Life is unfair…..

      I am just happy and shocked Keith Raniere will be in prison for the rest of his life.

      Paul, I’ve been alive for close to half a century and seldom have I witnessed a powerful evil man face justice. Usually, they just circumvent justice.

  • Here’s the sad truth about prisons and jails.
    You can get almost any drug or other contraband you want in prison or jail.

    “Prisoners on the Eight Rules of Dealing Drugs Behind Bars
    It seems like nothing can stop narcotics from getting inside the walls, and that’s thanks to some ingenious strategies and more than a bit of corruption.”
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/prisoners-on-the-eight-rules-of-dealing-drugs-behind-bars

    In the forums for Prison Talk Online, a resource for friends and family of inmates, a woman posts that she is worried her boyfriend will find a way to do drugs while incarcerated. The responses are sympathetic, but loud and clear: drugs are easier to get in prison than on the street. According to a Washington Times article, around 1,000 drug seizures occur each year in California prisons, and in random inmate drug tests, Florida prisons found 1,132 positives one year.
    https://stories.avvo.com/crime/how-common-are-drugs-in-prison.html

    If a prisoner wants or drug or other forbidden item in prison, it takes some ingenuity and corruption but it can be done and it’s not unusual.

    • Yeah but it’s not that easy. The news would have us believe getting drugs in jail or prison is easy, but talk to the thousands of drug addicts that got sober by going through horrendous hellish withdrawals for weeks or months on end while incarcerated. They got clean alright, but against their will.

  • One can only hope the phone was found during an unofficial cavity search for MC13 refugee training purposes that took those two weeks to complete before this “feel good” news could be leaked. And wouldn’t that explain all those calls to Mexico and France? Suckers!

  • “He went from the luxurious and pampered life he lied to achieve and enjoyed for decades to the life he deserves – and which he will likely have to endure for decades – or for as long as he lives.As he said so often when he was destroying others and loving it, “He who has the most joy wins.”

    Incredible how in the end Vanguard implodes and destroys everyone around him in the process.

  • Why you still ignore the mini vanguard. Please do a series of articles exposing his dirty deeds done dirt cheap oh great journalist God. And demand action from authorities. As he is truly a danger to anyone he meets. With his big grin he can still continue to brainwash many more married men,women and children. Needs to be locked up. Rumor has it your scared of Jim Delnegro . Prove me wrong big shot.

    • ” Rumor has it your scared of Jim Delnegro .”

      Who would be afraid of a man who claimed he was “raped” by a 5 foot tall, 100 pound Asian girl?
      Didn’t Del Negro have a flyswatter handy to swat her away?

  • “Nancy has been heard denigrating him to friends and former Nxivm members. [That could be an act.]”

    Lol, do you even have a clue?

    • ““Nancy has been heard denigrating him to friends and former Nxivm members. ”

      Nancy is just upset that Raniere screwed up her gravy train.

      Nancy was pulling in so much money that she needed a special machine to count all the loot.

    • To Anonymous – Since you seem to know something we don’t, rather than let shady’s repetitive and 100% speculative statements sit as everyone’s lasting impression, would you be so kind as to elaborate on your comments?

  • Wonder how much it would cost a group of us to have his phone found by another CO every time he gets a new one?

    Maybe a group of Mexicans on his cell block could take his new cell phone away from him.

    Either would be a fun game.

    • He said for many years that, “The government will come after me.”

      I think it would be a bit far-fetched to believe that they had no plans in place for that eventuality.

      And who better to put those plans into action than Clare?

    • Do you really think he’s able to post on here? If so what name do you think he uses? I would love to read cry baby Janes side.

      • I think he has literacy issues Anon, I’m not sure he can write anything without amanuensis, usually female and must have the killer combo of very high IQ and very low self-esteem.

        Those with very high self-esteem and laughably low IQs (and EQ’s) either clean up or get cleaned out. And those who pass the Porter Test? They just carry on. Automatons with rictus grins. And currency counters.

  • Krclaviger,

    Thanks for the update!!!!

    I have to wonder if Vanguard’s phone was commandeered because he missed a payment to some guards.

    Or…. corrupt guards have a tendency to occasionally enforce the “rules” as to obfuscate their own involvement in regards to contraband.

    I am positive either way Raniere will have another phone shortly!

    • Sorry Bozo, but enforcing the rules on contraband which they (the guards) sold to the inmates wouldn’t ‘obfuscate’ their involvement, it would HIGHLIGHT their involvement and risk an internal investigation into their corruption IF a pissed off inmate spilled the beans.

      Why risk it?

      Duh. 🙂

      • Bangkok,

        …..There is no risk. Thd guards are using intermediaries (go betweens) and straw-men as Krclaviger explained, and nearly all prison documentaries, document explicitly.

        Bangkok go back to performing CPR on your Grangpa’s dick.

  • A little known fact: Vantard was hiding the phone in his rectum. COs were tipped off when the ringtone started playing “Ain’t No Sunshine “…

  • And here I was just starting to think maybe it wasn’t Raniere ET AL, ETC. or any other evil at all BUT my beyond-Hollywood-narcissistic, spy thriller obsessed ex-husband, Jeff Apple, trying to trip my triggers if not pull one on me — after all with NXIVM to blame and John Q. Public (least here in Cally) picking up the disabled son’s “nursing” caregiver tab in lieu of putting up with that pesky Mom; who needs to pay any more “fucking child support in perpetuity!” (Quoting Jeff Apple, himself.)

    Yep, feels a lot better to reduce it down to just Jeff, minus, especially, Emiliano Salinas and his and his Dad’s cohorts such as Carlos Slim Helu’ whom, albeit, Jeff Apple and his brother, Larry Apple DID have a sweet, $8M TELMEX deal with — and although Jeff Apple has been known to deftly suborn others through deceit and does rub “elbows” with some servants of the highest order(s) of prickdom such as Dennis Burke might know — I’d far prefer the “just Jeff” scenario.

    But, along with some other indications that this harassment I and my defenseless, disabled son are suffering — including shockingly unjust, groundless, unsubstantiated actions hastily undertaken under alleged court orders to separate me from my son at the moment he most needs my protection from, in part, new, caregivers I readily dismissed with cause and now strongly suspect are affiliated with or being paid additional to the insurance pay —by NXIVM or by Jeff Apple — and who I suspect were participating in provable “gaslighting” incidents including leaving badly spoiled food (disguised as new, unexpired food) in our refrigerator, vandalizing my son’s durable medical equipment, sending bogus bills to our home, etc.

    Now that I know Keith had a cell phone and might well have been masterminding this circus — that appears to have spared no expense on my behalf — that Keith could have called some of the shots on this customized shit show from afar, playing on our marital dynamics (he’s had “collateral” on Jeff and I since at least up to shortly before my sister, Gina Hutchinson, died in October 2002) and Jeff’s ego, well as ever — now it makes a little more sense. If you’re crazy to begin with. Lol. JK.

  • What do you imagine Reñero wants to say to whom?

    “I’ll still achieve world dominance. And I need more money for Cheetos and Doritos.”

  • It took the guards this long to figure out he had a cellphone? How can that be?

    How can the DOJ not know Clare Bronfman doesn’t have a cellphone with today’s technology?

    Come on, this is a huge criminal enterprise with millions to spend. Why have they not frozen every penny?

    • Anonymous,

      Since the first cellphones, prisoners in federal and state prisons have been caught with cellphones in their possession.

      Another form of prison contraband readily available are steroids. Ever wonder how a bunch of prisoners eating shitty food get gigantic?

      As long as a prisoner has the funds he can get anything he wants short of p*ssy.

      • Not entirely true, sphincter boy.

        Pussy can be had by inmates who fornicate with unethical female attorneys who come to visit them.

        Just look at the Sebastian Burns case in Washington state. She was disbarred eventually.

        Your wife would know all about this stuff. If one of her clients gets arrested, even though she’s not a defense attorney she can still visit them with attorney/client privilege and ‘sit on their lap’ while wearing a short skirt and no panties, while riding them to full ‘release’. Kinda like a low key lapdance.

        I’m telling you bro, 65% of female attorneys will eventually bang a client at some point in their career.

        • *Theresa Olson got suspended for a year, not disbarred.

          She never admitted to having sex with her client and claims it was a ‘hug gone bad’.

          However, 2 guards testified that she had sex with her client during a visit and nobody believes her ‘hug gone bad’ excuse.

    • Seems only the cockroaches and rats in jail are fit to lick his shoes because he’s alone for the next few weeks. Meanwhile Frank has his freedom and is widely considered to be a hero by many. Karma seems to have hit your Vanguard and lifted Frank up. Don’t worry though – I think Keith will be back around the Mexicans soon and should get another solid beating or two.

      • Del Negro is still giving Keith head? Damn. That’s true love right there. I have to hand it to the morons still involved. They are all in. If they put that commitment towards making something of themselves, they may not have been Darwin Award Nominees.

      • Jim Delnegro is the true meaning of evil. A drunk, hypnotiizer,adulterer and has himself personally used the exact techniques as his god Keith scumaire. To ruin and destroy families. A true walking demon. Like killery kunton and obimba, who both supported 9th month abortions. Please demand action before he continues freely to go about his way. He has done several crimes against humanity and money laundering. Brain washing rape and more. Why u scared you never talk about him. He needs punishment . Soneone needs to brand a giant P on his scrotum sack.

    • Boo-freakin’-hoo…the manipulative sociopath is finally getting a taste of the abuse he enjoyed giving to others, for years. Cheers to the guards and inmates who are breaking the little creep in.

      Soon (after he transfers to his new, permanent federal home), some of the larger, hornier bulls will probably start trading him for pruno, or other commodoties.

      • Jim Delnegro is the true meaning of evil. A drunk, hypnotiizer,adulterer and has himself personally used the exact techniques as his god Keith scumaire. To ruin and destroy families. A true walking demon. Like killery kunton and obimba, who both supported 9th month abortions. Please demand action before he continues freely to go about his way. He has done several crimes against humanity and money laundering. Brain washing rape and more. Why u scared you never talk about him. He needs punishment . Soneone needs to brand a giant P on his scrotum sack.

      • Jim Delnegro is the true meaning of evil. A drunk, hypnotiizer,adulterer and has himself personally used the exact techniques as his god Keith scumaire. To ruin and destroy families. A true walking demon. Like killery kunton and obimba, who both supported 9th month abortions. Please demand action before he continues freely to go about his way. He has done several crimes against humanity and money laundering. Brain washing rape and more. Why u scared you never talk about him. He needs punishment . Soneone needs to brand a giant P on his scrotum sack.

  • I do not believe this post. 1. He can communicate mentally and psychically. Does not need a phone. 2. He could have. called me. I Expose this post as a TOTAL LIE!!!!’

    • Yes Pea. He’s probably as good at communicating mentally and psychically as Sheldon Cooper trying to blow up Leonard’s head using the power of his mind. I can just imagine your Scamguard holding his head while looking extremely constipated. 😂

  • I imagine one way to get this stopped would be to have him handcuffed 24/7 and also to have his mouth sutured shut with a liberal coating of crazy glue applied after.

    • Aw, Pea, are you just in denial that you weren’t a priority for Keith to reach out to? That must feel like a punch in the gut, your heart wrenched from your chest. And have you had any telepathic convos with him? I suspect not. It must be tough to swallow that your Vanguard is a fraud.

  • It is disappointing to me that he can’t get a good, solid beating while he is in solitary. With that said, being in solitary can drive a person mad, so it’s nice to see Keith get what he gave to others. Still looking forward to some more news of beatings in the future.

  • Frank says that 1/3 to 1/2 of the Corrections Officers are selling black market shit to inmates?

    That’s bullshit.

    As for his ‘source’ being a former inmate at MDC, I can surmise who that person is.

    Frank knows only one former inmate of MDC so it’s kinda obvious who his source is.

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