Keith Raniere to Be Sentenced in January

Keith Raniere by MK10ART.

Keith Alan Raniere, AKA Vanguard, will be sentenced in January, according to an entry filed on the docket of his case.

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis has directed Raniere’s attorneys and the prosecution to suggest “one or more mutually agreeable dates in January 2020 for Defendant Raniere’s sentencing.”

It is not known if the other Nxivm defendants – Allison Mack, Lauren Salzman, Nancy Salzman, Clare Webb Bronfman and Kathy Russell will be sentenced before or after Raniere.

The Nxivm defendants. Sketch by MK10ART.

Originally, Raniere’s Nxivm cohorts were to be sentenced before him.

Russell, Nancy Salzman and Bronfman were scheduled in July and Mack and Lauren Salzman were scheduled to be sentenced on September 11.

Raniere was to be sentenced last – on September 25.

Then the judge postponed the sentencing dates ‘sine die.’

MK10ART – From Slave Master to Straight Jacket – Allison Mack.

Apparently, the delay was occasioned by tardy sentencing reports which are prepared by the Pretrial and Probation Department.  Some speculated the delay might have been caused by the possibility of further charges being leveled against some or all of the defendants.

MK10ART’s beautiful painting of Keith Alan Raniere in a joyful setting where he truly belongs. “He who has the most joy wins.” Never forget it.

In any event, the day of reckoning is nearing for the Vanguard who faces a minimum sentence of 15 years for sex trafficking charges alone.

In theory, Raniere could – if he gets the minimum sentence – complete his sentence around the time of his 70th birthday.

He was also convicted on other felony charges including racketeering, forced labor conspiracy, and identity theft.

MK10ART’s intriguing sketch –  Vanguard may spend many a year in prison – where he belongs.

At 59, a 20-25 year sentence for the odious one could be a de facto life sentence. [I personally doubt the judge would sentence him to anything less without attracting a maelstrom of controversy in the media. This was a widely reported trial and the piggish one became known to the world as one of the cruelest, self-centered and ruthless hypocrites of recent memory].

In addition to the judge seeking a date in January for sentencing the varmint-  dates were set for the next Curcio hearing concerning the potential conflict of interest of one of Raniere’s attorneys, Teny Geragos, who is seeking to go to work for the EDNY.

Here is the minute entry:

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis: Curcio hearing held as to Defendant Keith Raniere. Curcio counsel Avraham Moskowitz. Upon application from Mr. Moskowitz, the court continued the Curcio hearing until October 31, 2019 at 2:00 pm. The court further DIRECTED Defendant Raniere and the Government to submit supplemental briefing concerning whether the instant conflict is waivable. Defendant Raniere’s brief shall be filed by no later than October 4, 2019; the Government’s brief shall be filed by no later than October 11, 2019.

In the interim, the Government is DIRECTED to file under seal, by no later than September 18, 2019, a complete copy of Ms. Geragos’s application to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, including any cover letter and attachments, except that the Government shall redact Ms. Geragos’s home address and telephone number prior to filing the application with the court. If any party moves to unseal all or part of Ms. Geragos’s application, the court will permit Ms. Geragos to be heard on whether any additional redactions are warranted prior to deciding such motion.

Separately, defense counsel and the Government are DIRECTED to confer and shall be prepared to propose at the October 31, 2019 Curcio hearing one or more mutually agreeable dates in January 2020 for Defendant Raniere’s sentencing.


By the time the lordly one is sentenced, he will have spent more than one year and nine months in federal custody – which is not quite as long as he had Daniela confined to a room for kissing Ben Myers. [700 days]

MK10ART’s painting of Keith Alan Raniere teaching Daniela.

The time Raniere spends in custody awaiting sentencing, however, will be applied to his sentence. {That did not apply to Daniella and, had she not escaped, she might be in the room today as far as Raniere – or Lauren Salzman – or any of her other associate captors was concerned.]

As for the other Nxivm defendants – all are presently subject to home confinement – with Clare and Allison subjected to the strictest conditions – being allowed out of their respective homes a few hours per week.

Nancy and Kathy are able to go out every day but are required to return home at night.  All of the defendants are required to wear ankle monitors.

MK10ART’s interpretive painting of Kathy Russell. It is not known if her ankle monitor impacts her ballet routine. Russell, at age 60, is slightly on the older side for ballerinas. But Keith Alan Raniere assured her that he would teach her to be a world-class prima donna. Perhaps if he had not gotten himself arrested she would be starring at the Met today.

The time the defendants spend under home confinement is not applied against their prison sentences. But the judge may take it into consideration and give them a lighter sentence if he deems it appropriate.

MK10ART’s painting of mother and daughter, Nancy and Lauren Salzman. Good mama Nancy made sure she got daughter Lauren into the cult from which there was rarely an escape. Then, after they were both arrested, mama Nancy made sure she pleaded guilty before anyone else. Though she was one of the top leaders of Nxivm for two decades – she may well get off with a lighter sentence than her daughter. Nice going, Nancy.

There are no minimum sentences for any of the other defendants and, conceivably, the judge could decide not to send any of them to prison –  deeming them, in the end, victims of the insatiable one.

MK10ART’s painting of the world’s smartest man.

It is ironic and characteristic of our criminal justice system that the criminally depraved, but wealthy heiress, Clare Webb Bronfman, faces the second lightest sentence. If the charges were based on true justice, this would not be so since her crimes were exponentially higher than, for example, Allison Mack’s.

Mack will almost certainly get more prison time than Bronfman – who, next to Raniere, was the most sadistic and punishing monster in all of Nxivm. But Bronfman was able to buy down her sentence – with a handsome $6 million payment to the DOJ – and the most serious charges were dropped against her.  The $6 million fine represented less than 3 percent of her net worth.

To put that in perspective, the typical U.S. adult’s net worth is $99,646. That would mean a $3,000 fine for the average American if it were compared to Bronfman’s net worth and the fine she paid.

Viva Executive Success.


MK10ART’s wonderful painting of Clare Bronfman.



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Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies
4 years ago

could actually care less about Keith Raniere anymore. he’s toast. but would appreciate more investigation into the death of Gina Hutchinson.

4 years ago

Breaking news!!!!!!!!!!

Now the United States Secretary of the Treasury Department has some links to Epstein’s pals….Link at the bottom

……For a guy with the paltry 1/2 a billion dollars Epstein certainly got around…. and….. embroiled all the major players… plenty for conspiracy buffs to gnaw on….there is enough bullshit going on that I may become a conspiracy buff myself 😉 lol seriously though…..

4 years ago

Thanks for the updates!

4 years ago

Thanks for keeping track of these important aspects of the case, and reporting on them.

Given that Bronfman had trouble coming up with enough assets to meet her $100 million bond, and had to ask family for help, it looks to me as if she is running low on readily available funds. She also had to put $25-50 million of her remaining liquid assets into trust with Goldman Sachs in order to protect them (though they formed part of the bond), but that means she has limited access to them from now on. So paying the $6 million cash fine to the government probably puts a significant crimp in her ability to do the sort of things to which she was accustomed, like buying a horse farm, even if it doesn’t seem like such a big part of her total net worth.

Her financial situation is one of the things I would like to see a bit more clearly, and conclusively, laid out.

4 years ago
Reply to  AnonyMaker

I believe the problem with Clare’s bail was that Clare needed liquid assets to post her bail.
Liquid assets like cash.
Other assets like land or securities were not enough to meet her condition.
And many of Clare’s assets might be locked up in a trust which she can not readily access, for her own good.

All of Them Witches
All of Them Witches
4 years ago

So I’ve heard rumors that the Judge needs more time to read Shadowstalker’s sentencing recommendation letter, after which he might order that the man who put the “Ill” in Illinois should also be indicted. Judge G likely overwhelmed by this letter, which, rather than legal precedent, contains hundreds of links to the Frank Report and Wikipedia.

4 years ago

The security has to be liquid or liquidatable, but not necessarily all cash.

Forbes reported this, which doesn’t seem to full account for the bond amount:

“Clare was released on a $100 million bond, secured by $25 million in cash from one of her trust funds and $25 million in real estate, including the island she owns in Fiji.”

What I’ve seen elsewhere indicates that she’s probably the beneficiary of an old trust fund worth about $200 million, though it’s possible sources were confused and it’s only half of that; typically she would get only income and have no access to the principal, and legally it would not even be considered her property. She may once have had an approximately equivalent account in liquid assets, so her difficulty in coming up with $50 million indicates how much she has lost.

And, as I wrote early and I think is also referenced in the Forbes account, she’s had to create a newer trust or trusts to protect remaining liquid assets, which indeed leaves her with even less remaining to squander.

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