Operation Legatus: NXIVM Crimes Revealed by Susan Dones Might be Worth Looking at by NDNY

Susan Dones

While some have read Susan Dones deposition (11/23/2010), it bears further study for those who think some Nxivm leaders got off too easily. Dones was the owner of the Tacoma NXIVM Center; a field trainer, proctor, and head trainer for NXIVM.

She has an insider’s view of the organization.

In her deposition, she is being questioned by NXIVM attorney Robert Crockett.  Dones was trying to file for bankruptcy and was being opposed by NXIVM. She represented herself in her deposition – and, in doing so, she revealed the seamy underside of Nxivm and several potential crimes of the group. She left after realizing what the group had been doing.

What is true of Raniere and Salzman is probably also true of Clare Bronfman – who took a leading role in Nxivm operations after Dones left Nxivm in 2009.

Tax Evasion 

(Crockett) Q: Do you believe that NXIVM has a twisted view of ethics?

(Dones) A: I do.

Q: And how so?

A: Because they teach ethics, but in my opinion, a lot of things that they teach are not moral. …  they’ll teach one thing, and then their behavior shows a completely different thing.

Q: … What do they teach that’s twisted?

A:  Well, one of the things that they talk about is …taxes…

Q: Have you ever seen any written course material from NXIVM saying, “Don’t pay taxes”?

A: …. on one of the videos… Nancy Salzman talks about … not paying taxes….

Q: ….Have you ever seen any written materials handed out to students advocating nonpayment of taxes?

A:  No, no written materials….. In the case of the Washington State Department of Revenue…. (Nancy Salzman) asked me if I paid my B&O taxes,* and I said, “Of course I pay my B&O taxes**. … Why are you even asking?” She said, “We’re having a problem with the state department of revenue, and I wanted to make sure that you paid your B&O taxes before we dealt with this because we didn’t want to get you in trouble.” And I said, “Well, what’s going on?” She said, “I can’t tell you at this particular time.” And then when we were through with that part of the conversation, she said, “Why do you pay your taxes?” like it was some bad thing to do. Barbara Jeske, [now deceased] the highest-ranking member of NXIVM, brags about the fact that she’s off the radar with the IRS and has not paid taxes for years”….

Q:  What other things did you observe that caused you to think that the behavior of the NXIVM officers deviated from what they actually taught?

A: I believe that NXIVM has collected cash that they don’t claim….. They have a cafe. … an unlicensed cafe at their training facility….  They collect cash… I’ve been told by several people that they don’t claim their cash….

Q: Who told you that?

A: One is Nancy Salzman. One is Barbara Bouchey.

Q: Nancy Salzman actually told you they don’t declare -they don’t pay taxes on the cash they collect from their little cafe?

A: Right. She also told me that they bring cash across the border from Mexico that they don’t claim.

Q: Nancy Salzman told you that?

A: Yes…..

Q: ….(Do) you believe that NXIVM has adopted (Barbara Jeske’s) views of government tax (evasion)?

A: No. I believe that Barbara Jeske has adopted Keith’s

Q: Has she told you that this is what Keith believes

A: Yes. –

Q: We don’t pay taxes?

A: Yes.

*Washington State Business and Occupation Tax. The B&O tax is a gross receipts tax. It is measured on the value of products, gross proceeds of sale, or gross income of the business. Washington, unlike many other states, does not have an income tax. Washington’s B&O tax is calculated on the gross income from activities.

** Dones also said in her deposition: I think that Nancy lying, or whoever did to the Washington State Department of Revenue, about licensing their program to third-party people …  there’s a cycle of abuse that takes place.



The federal investigation into Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman, Nancy Salzman and other NXIVM co-conspirators on an array of alleged crimes did not include all the crimes they committed in their decades’ long racketeering enterprise.

This may help The Northern District of NY to see how they could proceed in charging them in the NDNY.  This next excerpt from Dones refers to Prefect, Nancy Salzman, and Raniere’s concubine, the late Pamela Cafritz, the daughter of Washington DC developers and socialites William and Buffy Cafritz.

When Dones did her deposition, Pam was still alive and had lived with Raniere for years, with numerous women.

Her dedication and loyalty to Raniere are revealed in Done’s deposition – which suggests Pam may have committed a series of felonies in her desire to aide her master, Raniere, and her Prefect, Nancy Salzman.


The late Pam Cafritz

Crockett Q: Do you believe that Pamela Cafritz is highly skilled at forging signatures?

Dones A: That’s what I was told by Nancy Salzman and Pamela Cafritz.

Q:  Pamela Cafritz told you she was highly skilled at forging signatures?

A: She bragged about that to me…. I have found that other people have actually witnessed her doing that.

Q: Who?

A: Toni Natalie, Toni Natalie’s mother, and then Barbara Bouchey also said that she knew that Pam had that capacity (to forge signatures)….

Q:  So Pamela Cafritz told you specifically that she was a forger?

A;  She told me that she was skilled at doing that.

Q: Do you have any reason to believe that she ever forged your signature?

A: Yes, I do.  …. a group of … confidentiality forms were missing. I was told that by Nancy Salzman, that they had lost a lot of confidentiality agreements between 2000 and 2003.*

Dones theorized that Cafritz forged hers and other’s signatures to substitute the forgeries for the missing genuine confidentiality agreements.


Marriage based on inner deficiency?

Q:    What other teaching method has NXIVM employed that involves a twisted view of ethics?

A;  …. they teach … that if somebody is in a marriage that that is just a place of fulfilling your inner deficiencies. And so I believe that NXIVM teaches that a marriage, a primary relationship, is not a good thing to have.

Q:  Have you ever seen any written course materials from NXIVM saying that a marriage is not a good thing to have?

A:  …. In their relationship module …. they talk about relationships coming from a place of inner deficiency.

Q:  …What other conduct did you think was inconsistent with what NXIVM taught in terms of ethics?

A:  I think that lying to people about people’s character is a twisted form of ethics. I was told several times that Barbara Bouchey was a full suppressive and that she was crazy…. I was told by Nancy Salzman that her and Keith hypothesized that I was a full suppressive.…. I think that there’s a lot of behavior that goes on within another. …. if you’re asking somebody to come in and pay $6,000 for a course …  that the founder and the president of the company don’t even follow, then to me, that’s — that’s consumer fraud…..


Q: What other things does NXIVM do that’s contrary to their written view of ethics?

A: …. I believe that they manipulate people.

Q:  What else?

A: ….I believe that they sell a training program as a human development company, but a lot of their behaviors are very cult-like, and it’s my personal opinion that NXIVM is a cult….

Q: In your declaration, you say that NXIVM teaches that, quote, “anything is permissible that is necessary to advance the goals of NXIVM,” unquote. Accurate statement?

A: That’s an accurate statement.

Q: Is there anything in writing where NXIVM says that “anything we do is permissible”?

A: It’s not in their writing. It’s in their behavior. … I was lied to about Barbara Bouchey…  … I believe I was lied to about Toni Natalie; …. I believe that they spread rumors about me that were not true….   Nancy told me (Bouchey) was a full suppressive and she was crazy.

Q: Is that the only basis you have for thinking that NXIVM has lied to you about Barbara Bouchey?  …that Nancy said to you, “I think that she’s crazy, that she’s a full suppressive”? What else has NXIVM done to lead you to believe that you’ve been lied to about Barbara Bouchey?

A: …There was a period of time where Keith Raniere had stopped talking to Barbara Bouchey, and what was happening was people were going around and saying, “What do you think Barbara did that was so bad that even Keith won’t talk to her?” … I went to Barbara, and she said, “All I can tell you is I’m renegotiating my contract with him.” That’s all she could say until a much later date, and then she disclosed that she’d been in a long-term relationship with him; she told me the reason Keith stopped talking to her is because Barbara broke up with him. And so I believe they were trying to portray this bad thing that Barbara had done because they keep secrets of everybody that Keith is in a relationship with…..

Q: ….When did Barbara Bouchey first tell you that she was dissatisfied with NXIVM or Keith Raniere?

A: About six months before we left. …. she didn’t disclose the whole sexual relationship with Keith until April of 2009, but a part of what we talked about was Nancy’s behavior, that Nancy was what we both considered and had experienced — very abusive….

Q: Did Barbara Bouchey tell you in 2008 that she wasn’t happy that Keith Raniere was having sex with multiple women without telling her?

A: She didn’t tell me that until April of 2009.


Fraud in the inducement to take classes

Crockett: You say, “I [Dones] was informed and believed that NXIVM had lied to me about many of Raniere’s/Vanguard’s supernatural abilities.” How did you figure out that you had been lied to about Keith Raniere’s supernatural abilities?

Dones: Because we can’t find any proof of … him breaking the hundred yard dash — he doesn’t physically have the body type to do that — him winning the East Coast Judo Championship when he was 12; his ability to teach himself high school math in a day and a half when he was … 12 — that he has a 240 IQ; that he’s the third top problem solver in the world….

Q: So because you can’t find proof of that, you think he’s lied to you?

A: Yes.

The Geekguard


Editor’s note: There will be more on the racketeering acts Keith Alan Raniere and his co-conspirators, Nancy Salzman and Clare Bronfman, committed over the years in the Northern District of New York.

Although Raniere may be going to prison for life – and so some might say – what is the good of prosecuting him further? – there is still Bronfman and her sister Sara – from whom the NDNY can collect tens of millions as they buy down their sentences.

In addition, there are some who think Nancy Salzman is getting off way too easy for her decades of punishing others. Indeed, Nancy got a better plea deal than her own daughter, Lauren, and better than Allison Mack as well.



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[…] Operation Legatus: NXIVM Crimes Revealed by Susan Dones Might be Worth Looking at by NDNY […]

4 years ago

Guess who has been lying….

Susan Dones testimony conflicts and counters the testimony of one of the Nxivm 9…..

Specifically an individual that swore up and down she had no idea that Nxivm members did not pay their taxes….

Or commit other illegal financial activities….such as forgery on legal forms?

Geez……Somone turned out to be a liar.

Excellent article thanks!!!!

Scott Johnson
4 years ago
Reply to  Niceguy

I’m not Bouchey fan, but if one person knows something and another one doesn’t, it doesn’t make them a liar.

Bangsters paradise
Bangsters paradise
4 years ago
Reply to  Scott Johnson

Scooter, what ever would the world be without your infinite wisdom?

4 years ago
Reply to  Scott Johnson


Reread the testimony……..

BTW: I never said Bouchey’s name.

4 years ago

I suspect some of these Nxians are vulnerable on the tax evasion front. Tax court is a nasty place to find oneself, and the IRS has years to bring charges.

4 years ago

–they teach … that if somebody is in a marriage that that is just a place of fulfilling your inner deficiencies.

Of course VanFake would teach such word salad. He’s proven over and over again that he’s a sixty-year-old emotionally unstable juvenile who just wants to fuck and chuck. What a loser.

4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Or fuck and stash. Then cry like a school girl when one of the stash dumped him.

4 years ago

Unfortunately, I assume that most or all of this is past the statute of limitations.

4 years ago
Reply to  AnonyMaker

” I assume that most or all of this is past the statute of limitations.”

If the Feds can make a RICO case out of these violations the statute of limitations can be extended up to twenty years.

statute of limitations
statute of limitations
4 years ago
Reply to  AnonyMaker

You think they started paying taxes after Dones and Bouchey left?
Bahahahahahaha, ya right. I’m sure Dones’s Depo scared them into it.
That’s why Raniere was found guilty of tax evasion with Pam Cafritz bank account.
I hope you dont work for the NDNY because that seems to be their attitude about everything NXIVM

Scott Johnson
4 years ago

I don’t think there was a tax evasion conviction.

4 years ago
Reply to  Scott Johnson

Scotty boy,
You were not in the courtroom buddy

Scott Johnson
4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

This has nothing to do with being in the courtroom, it has to do with the charges against Raniere, which are publicly available.

Are they just too lazy or still bought off?
Are they just too lazy or still bought off?
4 years ago

Multimillion dollar question is?

Will the NDNY finally get off their asses and do their jobs?

They have charges handed to them on a silver plater from the EDNY nicely packaged with a bow on top.

The Fix is In ?
4 years ago

We can rightfully assume that things were being fixed at a certain level in the past as far as bribing officials. Now we’re about to see how high the bribery goes.

4 years ago

Susan Dones seems entirely credible and trustworthy to me.

Scott Johnson
4 years ago

While Cafritz and the other woman who died of cancer probably committed crimes, there is no possibility of prosecuting them, as you can’t put a dead person on trial. In fact, if a live person dies before all of their appeals are exhausted, their record is cleared, just ask Ken Lay of Enron fame. Except you can’t actually ask him, he’s dead. But who cares, he’s dead: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Lay

4 years ago

The Latest from MK10Art

Why would #NickiClyne an active member #Nxivm work at a hip vegan restaurant in Brooklyn called #IzzyRose? Is it because the low calorie eatery attracts young women who are Ripe for the picking? #Nxivm is a criminal organization that is always looking for young women. Nxivm leader #keithraniere has been convicted of several felonies and will be spending the rest of his life in prison. So who is Nicki reporting to now? The Salinas cartel? Emiliano Salinas is the leader of #Nxivm in Mexico and close partner of Keith Raniere. Many workers at the Izzy Rose restaurant have quit because of Nicki Clyne who is said to be rather nasty towards the female workers. Must be an occupational hazard as Nicki is a slave master in DOS group of Nxivm. She is used to abusing young women. Putting Nicki in a manager position is going to be problematic.

#day31 #ripe #Inktober #Inktober2019


4 years ago

The NDNY should start with a clean slate and reexamine all of the potential cases against all of the NXIVM defendants and those members of NXIVM not charged.

The EDNY did not investigate numerous charges including potential cases of sex trafficking and pedophilia.

If NXIVM reconstitutes itself the US DOJ has no one to blame but its own half-assed job in the first place.

Concentrating on Raniere is only half the job in destroying NXIVM.

If you think the US DOJ is flawless, then just look at the great job they did protecting Jeffrey Epstein’s life.

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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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