The Persecution of Frank Parlato: What Have We Learned so Far?

BY: J.J. O’Hara

[This is Part 9 of a series of articles that I am writing about the pending prosecution of Frank Parlato (Frank’s trial is scheduled to start on May 19th). Thus far, I’ve explained how this case got started and what the pending charges are against Frank. In addition, I’ve also detailed some of the things going on behind-the-scenes that have allowed this case to continue even in the face of documentation showing that Frank has not committed any crimes.]

Part 1: The Buffalo News Raises Questions About Frank Parlato’s Case – More Detailed Analysis Needed

Part 2: The Convoluted History of U.S. v. Parlato Began With Bronfman Sisters

Part 3: The Federal Case Against Frank Parlato – a Prosecution in Search of a Crime

Part 4: What Are the Charges in U.S. v. Parlato — and What Do They Mean?

Part 5: The Conman Cometh – Schmuel Schmueli – Who, Combined With the Bronfmans, Led to Parlato’s Indictment

Part 6: Fate Brings Conman Shmuel Shmueli Into Frank Parlato’s Life

Part 7: Why Frank Parlato Established Several Companies and Multiple Bank Accounts

Part 8: Why Did Anthony Bruce’s Boss Not Intervene in the Case of the U.S. v. Parlato? – Governor Cuomo’s Lt Governor Was Married to the US Attorney at the Time!

In Part 8 of this series, I explained why William J. Hochul, the then-U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, refused to intervene in this matter even though he had been provided documentation that clearly demonstrated Frank had not committed any crimes. In this part, I will summarize what we’ve learned to date about this case – and outline some of the related topics that I’ll be writing about in the future. As usual, readers are encouraged to ask questions – which I will endeavor to answer on a timely basis.


For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been writing about different aspects of the pending criminal charges against Frank Parlato – and trying to demonstrate to Frank Report readers just how unfairly Frank’s been treated by federal law enforcement officials over the past eight years.

Before moving on to more of the arbitrary and inequitable elements of the case, I thought it might be helpful to review and summarize what’s been documented so far in the earlier posts.


How It All Began

As is usually the case, Frank’s current legal battle started with an investigation by the FBI. This particular investigation was focused on some of his business activities.

Of course, such investigations don’t just get started out of the blue and for no reason at all.

Sometimes, they are initiated after someone has gone to the FBI or the local U.S. Attorney’s Office – and complained about what they think are illegal activities.

Other times, they get started when FBI officials or prosecutors read or hear about what sounds to them like criminal activity (That’s basically how the downfall of Keith Raniere and the NXIVM criminal enterprise got started).

In Frank’s case, it appears that there were two parties who alleged that he was involved in illegal activities.

The first was the Bronfman sisters – Clare and Sara – who, interestingly enough, were the primary financiers of the NXIVM cult and its numerous crimes.

The financiers of the NXIVM cult, Clare and Sara Bronfman.

The second was Shmuel Shmueli, a transplanted conman from Brooklyn who thought he could bully Frank into cutting him in on one of Frank’s business ventures.

Shmuel Shmueli serial litigant and scam artist

Oddly enough, both the Bronfman sisters and Shmueli were represented by the same attorney, William F. Savino.

How that came about is not yet known.

What is known, however, is that Wee Willie Savino was good friends with U.S. Assistant Attorney Anthony M. Bruce.

Wee Willie Savino

What is also known is that Bruce had a well-deserved reputation as a prosecutor who was willing to use shady tactics – up to and including the manufacturing of fake evidence and outright lying – to convince grand juries to issue indictments against parties that he wanted to prosecute.

And, finally, it is also known that Raniere liked to incentivize attorneys who had been hired to pursue claims against his enemies by offering them large sums of money if they could get those enemies indicted on criminal charges (The Bronfman sisters were quite willing to pay whatever bonuses these attorneys might earn by getting such indictments issued).

So, there we have the perfect primordial soup to generate a baseless indictment against an innocent man.

Complainants who are willing to file false complaints and to lie under oath before a grand jury (The charges against Frank that resulted from the Bronfmans’ complaints had to be dropped when it was documented that Clare had perjured herself before the grand jury that issued the indictment – a crime for which she has never been charged).

An attorney who was quite willing – and possibly quite incentivized – to try and convince the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York (WDNY) to file criminal charges against Frank.

And an Assistant U.S. Attorney who was quite willing – and also possibly quite incentivized – to do his attorney friend a favor by getting the local FBI office to initiate an investigation of Frank Parlato.


Crime Stacking & Overcharging Create an Uneven Playing Field

Frank was originally charged on November 20, 2015 with nineteen (19) different felonies. That number was later reduced to eighteen (18) felonies when the Feds had to issue a superseding indictment on May 23, 2018 that omitted all references to the Bronfman sisters.

As of right now, Frank is facing the following charges:
• One (1) count of “Conspiracy to Impede, Obstruct and Impair the IRS and to Commit Wire Fraud”;
• Seven (10) counts of “Wire Fraud”; and
• Ten (10) counts of “Engaging in Monetary Transactions in Property Derived From Specified Unlawful Activity”.

While the sheer number of charges might suggest that Frank is a major crime boss, the reality is that many of the charges are duplicative and repetitive.

Thus, had Anthony Bruce not resorted to “crime stacking” – and simply charged Frank with one crime per alleged criminal activity – Frank would only be facing two or three charges.

An ad regarding Anthony M. Bruce

And even then, those two or three charges would be based on activities that are perfectly legal: i.e., owning more than one company – and having multiple bank accounts.

But Bruce did what he apparently was asked to do – and, in reality, what he liked to do anyway – which is to load up indictments with as many charges as possible.

It’s a common tactic that is widely used by prosecutors to encourage defendants to take a plea deal – and to enhance their negotiating position regarding such deals (97% of all people who are charged with federal crimes accept a plea deal rather than risk going to trial).

And it virtually guarantees that any defendant who goes to trial will be convicted of something.


Frank Upset His Planned Demise by Refusing to Take a Plea Deal

Bruce had everything lined up just the way he likes.

A defendant facing multiple charges – meaning he will immediately start incurring huge legal fees and will also be facing decades in jail if he goes to trial and is convicted.

A defendant whom he thought would gladly accept a plea deal – and, therefore, never force him to prove to a trial jury that the defendant had done anything illegal.

What Bruce never counted on, however, is that Frank Parlato was not the kind of guy who backs down from a challenge – even (and maybe especially) if the deck is stacked against him.

Frank Parlato

Imagine how surprised Bruce was when Frank rejected every plea deal that was offered (And wait until you hear the details of some of those plea deals).

But Bruce had an insurance policy in this case.

He retired soon after the indictment against Frank was issued – which meant that he didn’t have to clean up the mess he started.


Did the U.S. Attorney Refuse to Intervene as a Favor to Governor Cuomo?

With Bruce departed from the scene, Frank’s case eventually ended up on the desk of William J. Hochul, the U.S. Attorney for the WDNY. Hochul could have – and, in other instances, likely would have – dismissed all the charges against Frank.

Former U.S. Attorney (WDNY) William J. Hochul

But Hochul’s wife, Kathy, just happens to be the Lt. Governor of the State of New York.

New York State Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul

And Kathy’s boss just happens to be the New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Just who the fuck does Frank Parlato think he is?

And Governor Cuomo just happens to have been the poster boy for a scathing series that Frank authored in the Niagara Falls Reporter newspaper about some of the sleazy deals that Cuomo had participated in since he took office.

Niagara Falls Reporter front-page story about Governor Cuomo

So, Bill Hochul turned a deaf ear to the requests for justice from Frank and his attorneys.

And then – just like Bruce – Hochul announced his retirement and departed the scene (He actually took an extremely high-paying job with one of Governor Cuomo’s largest contributors).


More to Follow

So, that’s where we are, Frank Report readers.

We’ve got an innocent man who has been indicted for doing things that are not illegal.

He’s already incurred huge legal fees – with more to follow.

He’s refused to take any plea deal – which means that he has to go a perfect 18-0 at his trial in order to avoid spending a significant amount of time in federal prison (Those who choose to go to trial and lose are often subjected to what is referred to as the “trial penalty” – the extra time you serve in prison for exercising your right to a trial by a jury of your peers).

Frank Parlato (Vice & HBO)

There’s a lot more to be revealed about the case of the U.S. v. Parlato.

And the more you learn, the more you’ll understand that Frank Parlato is being persecuted rather than prosecuted.

This is a case that began with the decision already having been made that Frank was going to be indicted.

How it will end is still an open question.

So, stay tuned…

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3 years ago

Re The Persecution of Frank Parlato:

Could the deck of cards possibly be more stacked against Frank receiving justice?

It’s horrifying the criminal justice system can railroad someone; like what’s going on in Frank’s prosecution (persecution). It’s incomprehensible this is all happening in the United States instead of a Third World country.

3 years ago

For me, the single biggest shift I’ve ever seen in the American consciousness (and I remember when I heard that Kennedy got shot) has been the near-total collapse of the mainstream media as a source of control and manipulation, since around 2016. The rise of alternative and social media has completely transformed the political landscape. If you are the kind of person who dares just to ask questions about vaccinations, for example, then you immediately inhabit a world where the mainstream media are 100% irrelevant, except as a channel of the lies de jour.

Frank Report occupies a very, very special place in this transformed media landscape. I haven’t followed the whole story of the NXIVM cult and I know a lot of people were involved in taking it down. But I’ve never seen a single news source being so central, so completely indispensable, to a case like this. For me, Frank provides a real role model in how to take this kind of mind-control operation out — not least, using sarcasm and pretty savage parody, to let victims know that these people are actually dumb and can be laughed at. All of these cults run on fear.

But mainly: just having the best information and the widest range of sources and debate, is what makes Frank Report special.

So there are no surprises that Frank is facing such spurious charges and legal harassment. He is treading on very big toes. More and more, I feel that lawyers who file these harassing suits, using the insane cost of legal fees as a weapon to grind people down, should themselves be charged with some kind of high crime, with permanent disbarment as one of the penalties. And when people like the Bronfman sisters perjure themselves and provide fake evidence to lay spurious charges, and then don’t get charged themselves — it’s actually a total outrage, completely buried under all the other outrages.

Season 2 of The Good Fight: “Kill All The Lawyers! All Of Them!”

Henry VI, Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

There’s a message there, and life has a funny way of imitating art these days. When Trevor Noah asks Hillary Clinton how she killed Jeffrey Epstein, and this is now a comedy routine the whole studio audience laughs at, then you realise how important it is to blur all the lines.

Good luck to Frank Parlato, and of course this saga is just going to produce more material that he can write about, so these people really are dumb if they think he’ll back down; and there are times when a good lawyer can be very useful indeed, so I do hope Frank has one.

Mexican lady
Mexican lady
3 years ago

The story seems clear. Try to make it even more simple for the jury . But it looks good. Frank will do great at trial . Go Frank !!

Duke Malloy
Duke Malloy
3 years ago

It doesn’t matter. The DOJ is never wrong. Their 97 percent conviction rate is based on 3 percent of guilty ones using shyster lawyers to get them off.

3 years ago
Reply to  Duke Malloy

Duke Malloy?
Duke Malloy?

Which Duke Malloy are you?

Nickie Clyne:
Did you get a sex change operation and fall asleep under a sun lamp?
After all you are supposed to be the reincarnation of Harriet Tubman!

Picture of hip hop and rap star Duke Malloy:
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Or are you the Duke Malloy from the Dick Tracy cartoons?
Dick Tracy Wiki
Duke Malloy
Duke Malloy (also known as Joe) was a member of Lips Manlis’ gang before Lips reformed. Duke had short hair, a thin face, and a pointed nose. He typically wore a boater-style hat

Lips Reforms
Duke observed Lips Manlis (in Manlis’ new identity as “Bob Honor”) going to his job as the day watchman at a warehouse. Duke reported back to the other members of Lips’ gang, including Lips’ girlfriend Mimi. They refused to believe that Lips had gone straight, and concluded that Lips must be planning some crime.

Duke approached Lips, who rebuked him. Angered by Lips’ abandonment, Duke and the rest of the gang planned to sabotage Lips’ reformation by burning down the warehouse where Lips worked. They believed that this would cost Lips his job, and that Lips might be blamed.

The fire was discovered before it could cause significant damage, and Lips discovered other evidence that helped the police investigation. Duke and the gang now planned to abduct Lips and force him to help them in their robbery of the warehouse. Lips gained the upper hand and trapped Duke and some other members of the gang in a large truck.

Nickie, you crack me up!

3 years ago

Here is what happened in Niagra Falls.

Around 1980, Occidental Petroleum built an office building in Niagra Falls for their Buffalo/Niagra Falls operations.
Around 1989, Occidental decided to close down its operations in the Buffalo/Niagra area leaving the office building vacant for many years.
Towns and cities hate vacant properties and the loss of tax revenue.

Many years later, Frank Parlato and his business partner, Larry Reger, decided to renovate the Occidental building so that it could find new uses and be a community asset instead of a liability.
The con artist Schmuel Schmeuli decided that he wanted a piece of the action.
Mr. Schmueli is a man who appears to make his living out of using lawsuits to bully, extort and swindle people.
And the corrupt New York State courts allowed Mr. Schmueli to flourish.
If you balk at Mr. Schmueli’s “deals that can’t be refused”, he drops hints about being tied to the Israeli Mossad with not so subtle hints of violence.
On top of this threat, the Bronfman Brats entered the picture with their bogus lawsuit against Frank on behalf of NXIVM.
To protect himself from Schmueli and the Bronfman Brats, Frank Parlato opened several bank accounts in different banks ALL UNDER HIS OWN NAME AND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.
There is nothing illegal about that action.

Why Frank Parlato Established Several Companies and Multiple Bank Accounts

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The Occidental Building After Frank Parlato renovated it:comment image?resize=300%2C200&ssl=1
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Would the State of New York and the IRS prefer an empty, vacant, abandoned building?

Scott Johnson
3 years ago

What’s the connection to Clyne? This Schmueli guy reminds me of an experience I had on another blog. This jerk was picking on another person and I kept calling him a k!ke to make him back down. It took a while, but as usual, it worked. He also threatened that his wife used to work for the Mossad and could cause a lot of trouble for us.

3 years ago
Reply to  Scott Johnson

With Mack going to prison, shadowperv needs another younger female celebrity to stalk.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Apparently true, and what better candidate than Mack’s “wife?” At least Clyne posting under various names keeps him occupied.

Lt. Col. Vindman
Lt. Col. Vindman
3 years ago
Reply to  Scott Johnson

Frank and Joe. This is what your cowardly veiled anti-semitism enables. This poster thinks its OK for him “to keep calling him kike to get him to back down.” Guys you wanna be racist nazis, please have the courage to do it openly. Otherwise Ill keep sticking your dogwhistles right up your craven pieholes where they came from.

If Frank and Joe think that Nexium and government corruption is a fault of “the kikes who need to back down”, please state it openly and provide your arguments for an open debate.

Joe has still not explained what he meant by the clearly antisemitic comments about “jewish ties” betwen Bronfmans and Schmuli he made in a previous post about this story.

Unlike the wishes of lazy racist propagandists, the world is a lot more complex than the ingroup hatred being promoted here.

Schmuli is a piece of shit, Bronfmans are a piece of shit, the entire republican/democratic two party corporate donor system is a piece of shit. They are shit because we keep playing team sport politics instead of holding the bastards entrusted with power accountable. Nature or nurture, Schmuli and Bronfmans would be pieces of shit regardless if they were catholic, lutheran, zoroastrian, italian, irish or luxembourgian.

Joe, if there are reasons you think Smuli and Bronfmans being jewish led them to being pieces of shit, please explain those reasons. Joe, if you think there is a jDate service for jewish billionaires to connect with jewish conmen, please explain even if its a suspicion. If that is the case, this jew would get a 100% behind you to expose and take down the conmen. Fuck, just lie that maybe they met at a ceder dinner, instead of doubling down as if your explanation is not a repeat of the antisemitic sentiment. (Congrads, this kike’s triggered.)

But if you want to throw shade on the most scapegoated minority being “criminals”, I gotta call you out for a cowardly racist that you appear to be Mr. O’Hara. There are ICEtapo “summer camps” operating already. There are no corporate CEOs who break employment laws incarcerated in these concentration camps. Instead these private prison camps are stuffed with innocent children under tinfoil blankeys. Hundreds of dollars for each kid, each day go to Corrections Corpos of ‘Murika. THIS IS YOUR RACIST AMERICA JOE OHARA!

When mass deportations are happening with noone blinking an eye, who will give a shit about some wrongly indicted reporter. “SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN MESSING WITH THE RICH AND POWERFUL”, they will yell, “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.” Victim blaming works both ways Frank.

Blaming “kikes”, “libs”, “arabs” or “mexicans” for everything that goes wrong is not gonna solve any problems. It only weakens our nation to further corporate corruption enabling the Chinese Commie takeover.

Please have the courage to state your racist beliefs openly, see if they stand the scrutiny of decent folks. Is Frank Report a coward’s version of Stormfront?

Scott Johnson
3 years ago

I was calling an INDIVIDUAL a slanderous name, not a group of people. I have Jewish friends. This guy was only from Jewish bloodlines, he was actually an atheist. LOL

3 years ago
Reply to  Scott Johnson


On the other blog you called the Jewish man K*ke easily 100+ times. You said K*ke 5-8 times a comment. The other guy only called you out for selling Amway water filters at premium, and posting on the TV Guide©️ website. You over reacted; You even threatened the man’s wife indirectly….Remember the “pool of blood” comment, you made?

You, Sultan, and one other gentlemen on the Frank Report I have taken a keen interest in. Why? Because I believe years ago all three of you would have had somewhat normal lives; But because of the internet social networks(web forums) all three of you have been stuck perseverating on one personal topic/issue; Amway and Kristen Kreuk. Scott you have been obsessed with Amway for over 15 years and Sultan has been obsessed with Kreuk for over 20 years. The only nice thing I can say about your obsession with Amway is that at least there is a positive outcome… …You may have helped a handful of people… possibly. 🙂

Lt. Col. Vindman
Lt. Col. Vindman
3 years ago
Reply to  NiceGuy

Mr. Nice Guy. Can you share a link to the other site’s post where Scott harassed jewish posters over 100 times?
Does anyone know if Scott Johnson is this poster’s real name or any other info that might be useful to authorites?
We do not tolerate nazi terrorism in these United States of America

About the Author

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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Contact Frank with tips or for help.
Phone / Text: (305) 783-7083


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