Clare Bronfman to Be Sentenced on Valentine’s Day – Likely to Get Far Longer Sentence Than Two Years

Clare Bronfman

Ya gotta love Judge Garaufis.

Now, Clare Bronfman is scheduled to be sentenced on Valentine’s Day.

And he has refused her attorney’s request that he explain why he’s considering an “above Guidelines” sentence for the Nxivm leader and heiress. Bronfman was previously scheduled for sentencing on January 8.

Here is the latest order from Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis:

ORDER re: Defendant Clare Bronfman’s [819] Motion to Adjourn Sentencing Hearing. The Application is GRANTED. Ms. Bronfman’s sentencing hearing is adjourned to February 14, 2020 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 4D South. Ms. Bronfman and the Government shall file their written objections to the pre-sentence report, if any, by no later than January 9, 2020. Ms. Bronfman may make a sentencing submission by no later than January 27, 2020. The Government may make its sentencing submission by no later than February 5, 2020. The court declines Ms. Bronfman’s request to otherwise elaborate on its December 17, 2019 scheduling order. Ordered by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on 12/19/2019.

Judge Garuafis’s previous order, the one he declined to elaborate on was:

ORDER as to Clare Bronfman: In advance of Clare Bronfman’s sentencing hearing scheduled for January 8, 2020, Ms. Bronfman may make a sentencing submission by no later than December 30, 2019, the Government may respond by no later than January 3, 2020, and Ms. Bronfman may reply by no later than January 6, 2020. The court advises the parties that it is considering an above Guidelines sentence. Ordered by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on 12/17/2019. (Davis, Eleanor)

It seems a technicality is what pushed her sentencing date back more than a month.

The Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 32(e)(2)  requires sentencing to be no sooner than 35 days after the defendant receives her presentencing report from the Probation Department.

Clare got her report on Friday the 13th of December. Adding 35 days to that date pushed sentencing back to a minimum of Jan. 17.

However, there were other factors at work – which caused it to be extended further.

The judge announced he is “considering” a stiffer sentence than what was contemplated in her plea agreement. In that agreement, her offense level was calculated at 16 – and Level 1 – which evidently resulted in a sentencing guideline of 21-27 months in prison.

That the judge would announce in advance that he is considering a heavier sentence almost certainly means he’s likely to impose it.

This renders Bronfman’s original plea deal almost moot.

Though the judge made it clear, when Clare entered her guilty plea, that he could sentence her above or below estimated sentencing guidelines, it is relatively rare for a judge to make an upward departure on sentencing unless new information comes to the surface.

It is even rarer for a judge to announce it in advance.

This leads me to believe that the upward departure is going to be significant – and that a lot of new information has come to the surface.

If it were a matter of just a few more months or even a year, it would not warrant an advance disclosure. I think we are looking at multiple years more than the 27-month maximum contemplated in her plea deal.

In Bronfman’s case, it was her new information in her presentencing report – and a parade of victims who likely named her as a monster – that caused her problems that, in effect, negated her plea deal.

MK10ART – Clare Bear Bronfman on the attack.

She is, of course, a unique kind of criminal. She had all the money she would ever need in life, yet she was convicted of two, rather petty financial crimes – harboring an illegal alien for financial gain – that gain was under $100,000 – and conspiracy to commit identity theft – a theft – if you can call it that – that was under $400,000.

These are not crimes normally committed by someone with a net worth of more than $200 million.

Her conspiracy to commit identity theft was essentially enabling Keith Raniere to use the late Pam Cafritz’s American Express card to charge up a few hundred thousand dollars in goods and services – which were ultimately paid. It might be called a victimless crime.

The sum involved was an insignificant fraction of Bronfman’s net worth. She could have just given him the money he needed for about 1/100th of what this current case has cost her.

This is a crime that grifters in search of money commit, not someone who has all the money she would ever need.

She also harbored Sylvie, a DOS slave from the UK, and put her to work and shortchanged her in payments of about $96,000.

She committed these crimes not for financial gain but for some other reason. It was her rabid role in a criminal enterprise and her desire to rise in the organization and please her harem master and guru, Keith Raniere, that led her to a life of crime.

According to her presentencing report, it became evident that these two comparatively minor financial crimes were just the tip of the iceberg.  Her presentencing report also calculates a different offense level for Bronfman and contains 25 pages of summarized victim impact statements.

She smiled when others wept.

This suggests there are dozens of people who think they were badly victimized by Bronfman, not just Sylvie and arguably the Estate of Cafritz – – for which crimes she pled guilty.

She was well known as the henchwoman of Nxivm – a bloodthirsty, scary, use-her-wealth-to-punish monster who sadistically carried out Raniere’s schemes to hurt his enemies. People were terrified of her.

She would spend a million dollars to $1,000 of her opponent in litigation to persecute enemies. She had no problem lying and perjuring herself to destroy enemies.

See Clare Bronfman has long, filthy track record of using trust fund millions to manipulate law enforcement

She was Raniere’s pitbull and put her fortune at his disposal. She destroyed many lives. Some of these wrote victim impact statements and the impact of those on her sentencing is evident by the judge’s announcement.

In my opinion, she is facing a minimum of four years and possibly as high as seven years.  Which makes her old plea bargain utterly worthless – other than the fact that she capped her financial penalties at $6 million [plus a likely additional $500,000 fine.]

What is also interesting is that while she was convicted of harming only two victims – Sylvie and the estate of Pam Cafritz –  there are dozens of victims whose voices will be heard regarding her sentencing.

This shows that plea bargains – at least the kind that Clare signed – are meaningless.

Unless there is a specific guarantee as to sentencing in a plea bargain, it can go sideways – as evidenced here.

Because of her poorly crafted plea bargain, the judge could sentence her to 10 years on the illegal alien charge and 15 years on the identity theft charge. They could run concurrently or consecutively.

If he gave her the max on both and made it consecutively, he could sentence her to 25 years. That seems unlikely.

Poor Bronfman. She had one of the most expensive lawyers in America, Mark Geragos  – and she got duped in her plea deal by bad lawyering.

The right way for Bronfman would have been to have arranged her plea deal the way Joe O’Hara did – the same way which top criminal defense attorneys like William Dreyer do for their clients – which is to place an absolute cap on sentencing in the plea deal.

The judge can either accept or reject the plea deal – but if he accepts it, then the sentence is capped at whatever figure is specified therein. The judge can’t make any changes to the sentence.

Though she spent a fortune on celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, all she got out of the deal was a worthless plea bargain.

If Clare had gotten competent representation, she would not have had signed a worthless plea bargain.  The plea bargain could have – and should have – stated that the judge agreed not to sentence her to more than 27 months.

Joe O’Hara did this with his plea bargain and was sentenced to the capped amount, 2.5 years.

Of course, the judge has the option to either agree or reject any plea deal.  But I think Clare could have gotten such a deal from the DOJ – a cap of 27 months [and a $6 million fine]  and it would have been up to the judge to accept or reject it.

If he rejected it, she would have to go to trial  but at least she would have known where she stood and not be fooled into a false and delusional plea deal thinking she was only going to get 27 months.

She was lulled into her plea deal undoubtedly because it read that she could appeal the sentence if the judge gave her more than 27 months.  She was fooled and misled by her incompetent attorneys.

The judge, when he sentences her to 4 or 5 years or more – will have a solid basis in doing so.

Clare’s appeal will be futile.

Her plea deal meant nothing. It was not worth the paper it was printed on. She is going to be sentenced harshly.

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis At the time of her entering her plea, the judge advised Bronfman that she could appeal her sentence if it is more than 27 months. He also advised her that, “even if the sentence I give is you more severe than what you may be thinking or hoping you will receive, you are still going to be bound by your guilty pleas.”

To understand how the sentencing guidelines work read here

While things have been going badly for Clare, the judge did grant one request of the defense’s. The defense explained to the judge that Geragos is on trial in Utah from January to March and they requested a Friday date for sentencing since the Utah court is not sitting on Fridays.

Valentine’s Day is on a Friday next year

As Joe O’Hara reminded me – this is probably the first date Clare Bronfman [above] has had on Valentine’s Day in many years. She will be sentenced on that date.
Meantime, Bronfman remains at her Manhattan luxury apartment subject to home confinement. She will spend Christmas there.

I believe that when she is sentenced on Feb. 14, she will be immediately handcuffed and led to prison.

She represents a flight risk. She has a $100 million bail bond to help ensure she does not flee to to Fiji, France, Libya or wherever she could fight extradition.

Even though the risk of flight might be small, I do not think the judge will be interested in ignoring the fact that the super wealthy heiress will now be facing a significant period of time in prison – as opposed to home confinement – and might just try to make a break for it.

I don’t think he will allow her to remain free pending appeal.  I also doubt that he will give her a month or so – as judges sometimes do with defendants – to wrap up their affairs. I think she’ll be led off to prison the moment she is sentenced.

Her birthday is April 8. She will be 41.  For her first 39 years, she had freedom and all the wealth she could possibly need.

Her 40th birthday was spent under home arrest – and soon after that, she made her worthless plea deal.

Her next brithday will be in prison and depending on the sentence, it might be at a minimum security prison [up to three years], a mid-level security prison [up to 10 years], or a maximum security prison [10 years and above.]

As it stand at the moment, Raniere is now scheduled to be sentenced first – on January 17. I suspect that will be postponed too.

Here is my reasoning: A defendant has 35 days from the receipt of his presentencing report to his sentencing date.

I doubt Raniere has received his presenetinceing report.

Why?  Because he has not entered a notice of objection to it. And Raniere will certainly object to it.

He has objected to everything – often being the only defendant to do so.’

So if he hasn’t objected to it yet – he likely hasn’t gotten it yet.

If he has not gotten it yet – then adding 35 days to whenever he gets it puts it past Jan. 17.

Supposing he gets it tomorrow – the earliest date for sentencing for him would be  January 24.

He is presently scheduled for Jan 17.

My point in this is that if you are planning a trip to Brooklyn to be at his sentencing – which I understand dozens of victims are – don’t count on the date of Jan. 17.

Nancy Salzman was all smiles when she left court after entering her guilty plea to a single count of racketeering conspiracy.

Finally, I smell the odor of Salzman and Salzman on and about Clare’s sentencing report.

It is my strong suspicion that they are cooperating with the feds in the EDNY to bring additional charges against Bronfman and others.

I smell that Salzman and Salzman may wind up getting the best deals of all and the least prison time, perhaps no prison time at all.

And that Bronfman will pay a lot more in fines and penalties.

No wonder the Salzmans were all smiles when spotted at Starbucks recently.

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Clifton Parker
Clifton Parker
3 years ago

Out of curiosity….did you write a victim impact statement, Mr. Parlato?

3 years ago

If Clare Bear has to pay back all the legal expenses and lost wages of everyone NXIVM sued, it’s going to be more than $500,000.00 in fines.

Wouldn’t that be major KARMA that the bear who paid to torture people in court had to pay back every dime?

Not that Toni NatalLIE should get a dime. Toni did commit computer trespassing and dragged a lot of people into her crime by lying to them.

NatalLIE also lied in her bankruptcy about the paintings and should not get a dime. NatalLIE needs to pay back her karma for all her lies and is not a victim.

3 years ago

To Toni Natalie -you are my angel. I never thought I would have to propose on a web site but I know you read this darling. I long for you sweet angel. I am smitten by your charms and your gorgeous wonderful person. Be mine.
I am a physician[_. Please say yes. You can check me out I’m legit. Google me. #Gorgeous is as gorgeous does. Love you honey.

Shadow State
3 years ago
Reply to  Gas

To Toni Natalie:
Here is a photo of Gas Porter with her wife Allison Mack.
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3 years ago
Reply to  Gas

Thank you for the very amusing dating joke from Joe O’Hara a out the Brontomerus Bronfman getting her first invitation in a log time. Not for matinee or God forbid, a bubble bath or some champagne. Nobody wants to peel grapes to slide into a vulture’s mouth, eh?

Probably it is not okay to daydream that Clare Bronfman will spend her forties under lock and key, eating 4 boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese every day for ten years and get released weighing 360 pounds, despite being able to buy Gas-ex with unnatural flavoring and tubes and tubes of hemorrhoid ointment.

Yet what is the point of editing daydreams?

So much for Clare Bronfman finding her fortune in Flabturd’s schmelly balls. Judge Santa Claus Garaufis, that sound is jingle bells, real jingle bells. You can help to comfort the ones who’ve been harmed. At last. Now come on Northen District of New York, strike it up with The Final Countdown. Let’s dance. You’re never too old for this.

3 years ago
Reply to  Shivani

“about” lost its b. Right after Joe O’Hara.
as Freddie Mercury sang, the show must go on

I forgot to translate from Greek that dinosaur species name too
Bronte =thunder and merós= thigh
who knew thunder thighs is such an old expression

my grandsons taught me about Brontomerus
imagine the educational opportunities
para la abuelita

far beyond the unedited daydreaming
here comes Clare Brontomerus
Legatus no more

I feel the earth move
under my feet

3 years ago

As I understand it Cruella Bronfman had access to the Dropbox account with the NXIVM DOS blackmail material in it.
The victims of the sex slave cult requested that their blackmail material be returned to them.
As of this date that material still has not been returned to them.

These victims don’t want to wake up years from now to a situation where that blackmail material has been publicly released and it negatively impacts their lives.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago

There is no need to return the blackmail to them. It’s probably electronic or it could easily be converted to a digital format. The order should be to destroy it and all copies, under penalty of severe punishment.

3 years ago

Well she had no plans anyway

Scott Johnson
3 years ago

I think the Avenati entanglement may have spooked Geragos and he wasn’t thinking straight when he negotiated Bronfman’s deal.

I wonder if the judge is also disappointed in the DOJ for being essentially paid off by Bronfman. He has a reputation as a mild-sentencing judge, and certainly the victim impact statements made an impact on him. Bronfman’s wealth was a force multiplier, she could cause more harm to more people with her lawsuits than any of the other abusers. The mere threat of financial and emotional harm unfortunately caused many people to clam up. Most judges rightly consider that to be misue of the legal system.

Amway tried to use their deep pockets and apply that trick with me. It didn’t work, because the settlement was an almost total win for me and a loss for Amway, even though my judge was a complete jerk, as he showed extreme bias on multiple occasions. Check his garage, it could be packed with Amway SA-8 laundry detergent. LOL

3 years ago

I never saw a photo of Clare smiling before. She doesn’t look half bad.
With a fake nose and in a couple years, Kreuk could play her in Clare’s bio-pic.

3 years ago
Reply to  smile

That might piss off Mr spankenstein if she did.

3 years ago
Reply to  smile

But in a couple of years, after the NXIVM story is over and done with, which online forums and comboxes will you find to cowardly cry in like a bitch?

Our Next Forum
Our Next Forum
3 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Why the Sultan of spank forum of course

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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.

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