Raniere Sentencing Delayed Until May 21st – More Sentencing Delays Expected

Keith Raniere by MK10art

BREAKING NEWS/UPDATE: Keith Raniere’s request to have his sentencing delayed has been granted. Here is the Order that was issued earlier today by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis:

ORDER re: Keith Raniere’s [858] Application to Adjourn Sentencing Deadlines. The Application is GRANTED. The court adopts Mr. Raniere’s proposed briefing schedule. A Fatico hearing, if necessary, will be held on May 18, 2020 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 4D South. Mr. Raniere’s sentencing hearing will be held on May 21, 2020 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 4D South. The parties are DIRECTED to provide the court with the names of individuals who may wish to be heard at Mr. Raniere’s sentencing hearing by no later than 10:00 am on May 19, 2020. Ordered by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on 3/18/2020. 


Keith Raniere’s attorneys had requested that U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis postpone his sentencing until May 21st (He was previously scheduled to be sentenced at 10:00 AM on April 16th).

In a letter to the judge dated March 17, 2019, Marc A. Agnifilo and Teny R. Geragos noted that the current visiting restrictions at the Metropolitan Detention Center had made it impossible for them to meet with Raniere – and requested the additional time in order to prepare for the sentencing hearing.

Teny Geragos [l] & Marc Agnifilo [r]
Here’s the full text of the letter:


March 17, 2020


The Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis
United States District Judge
United States District Court
225 Cadman Plaza East

Brooklyn, New York 11201

Re: United States v. Keith Raniere, 18 Cr. 204 (NGG)

Dear Judge Garaufis:

With the consent of the Government (AUSA Tanya Hajjar), we move the Court to adjourn the schedule for the sentencing memoranda, Fatico hearing and sentencing date for Keith Raniere. Currently, the defendant’s sentencing memorandum is due on March 23, 2010, the
Government’s sentencing memorandum is due on March 30, 2020, a Fatico hearing is scheduled for April 13, 2020 and the defendant’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 16, 2010.

Counsel for the defendant has been advised by the MDC Brooklyn that counsel visits with MDC inmates will not be permitted for a period of 30 days commencing on Friday, March 13, 2020. Counsel requested an in-person legal visit with Raniere, which has been denied.

Accordingly, it is not possible to properly prepare a sentencing memorandum, with the defendant’s full participation, in a case of this magnitude and complexity, given the understandable restrictions on counsel visitation during this unprecedented health crisis.

We therefore request that the Court adopt the following schedule, consistent with any other Court obligations: defendant’s sentencing memorandum shall be due on April 27, 2020; Government’s sentencing memorandum shall be due on May 4, 2020; a Fatico hearing on May 18, 2020 and the defendant’s sentencing hearing on May 21, 2020.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Respectfully submitted,

Marc A. Agnifilo, Esq., Of Counsel
Teny R. Geragos, Esq.



Clare Bronfman Still Scheduled to Be Sentenced on April 23rd

It is unknown whether Clare Bronfman, the only other NXIVM-related defendant who has a scheduled sentencing date, will also request a delay for her sentencing.

She is currently scheduled to be sentenced at 10:00 AM on April 23rd.

Unlike Raniere, Clare has not been incarcerated while waiting to find out just how long she’ll be spending in federal prison.

Instead, she’s been on home confinement in her luxury apartment – which, if nothing else, has probably reduced the chance that she’ll be infected with the coronavirus.


No Sentencing Dates for the Other Defendants

As of right now, none of the other four defendants in the case – Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman, Allison Mack or Kathy Russell – have scheduled sentencing dates.

It now appears unlikely that any of them will be sentenced before Raniere.

And with the ever-expanding impact of the coronavirus crisis, it is uncertain exactly when any of them will appear before Judge Garaufis to learn their fate.


Further Delays for the Civil Case

The postponing of Raniere’s sentencing until May 21st – and the likelihood that at least some of the other defendants will be sentenced after him – will automatically extend the current “hold” on the civil case that has been filed by some 80 plaintiffs against 15 NXIVM-related defendants.

Per that hold, the civil case cannot resume until all the defendants in the criminal case have been sentenced.

Looks like this case won’t get going again until sometime in June at the earliest.


Coronavirus Could Lead to Even Further Delays

Thus far, each federal district court has been deciding on its own whether to curtail or close down court operations (The U.S. Supreme Court has already canceled oral arguments for the rest of this month).

But with the ever-tightening “guidelines” that are being issued almost daily by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – e.g., it is now recommended that people not congregate in groups of more than 10 – I think it is increasingly likely that all U.S. District Court operations will be shut down until, at a minimum, the end of April.

Should that happen, all the sentencings in the NXIVM case could be further delayed.


Tanya Hajjar Claims There Are No Coronavirus Cases in Federal Prison

According to a story in yesterday’s New York Post, former Raniere prosecutor Tanya Hajjar recently informed a federal judge that all 122 federal detention facilities are free of the coronavirus.

In a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Margo Brodie, Hajjar told the judge that no inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) – or any other federal detention facility – has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Hajjar also said that MDC inmates are being screened for possible coronavirus symptoms – and then quarantined in the SHU if they show any signs that they may have contracted the virus. She also said that those who show signs are being tested.

Based on anecdotal information that the Frank Report has received from several Bureau of Prison sources, we believe that the coronavirus has already been detected in federal facilities in Miami and Seattle. We are also awaiting confirmation that one case has shown up in a federal prison in New York State.

I’m surprised that Ms. Hajjar went out on such a skinny limb to proclaim that there are no coronavirus cases in the federal prison system. Surely, she must be aware that federal prisons – and most, if not all, state and local prions and jails – will soon be inundated with the virus.

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Balls of Fire
Balls of Fire
3 years ago

Great Balls of Fire…This might change guidelines for the convicted NXIVM Defendants’ prison sentences.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants DOJ and BOP and the USMS


Re: Reducing the Federal Prison Population in Response to Corona virus

Applies to:

Department of Justice (DOJ) – Bureau of Prisons (BOP) – US Marshal Services (USMS).
The USMS has a total average daily detention population of 61,489 people in State, local, private, and BOP facilities.

Recommended Compassionate Release For:

1.) Aged 65 and older.
2.) Have a terminal, debilitated, or chronic medical condition.
3.) Death of a family member who is the primary care giver of the inmate’s child.
4.) Women who are pregnant or recently pregnant.

Further, we also call upon DOJ to ensure that more people are not admitted to BOP and USMS facilities by:


6.) Move those who are within one year of being transferred to community supervision.
7.) Use the elderly home confinement program for those who are 60 and older.
8.) Offering diversion in appropriate cases prosecuted.
9.) Declining prosecution in minor cases, especially cases involving drugs with addiction.
10.) Move those who are within one year of being transferred to community supervision.
11.) Not pursuing revocation of minor supervised release infractions.
12.) Suspending prosecutions for unauthorized entry or reentry to the USA.

I think it is in the realm of possibility that some convicted NXIVM defendants could possibly avoid prison altogether. Clare, Nancy, Lauren, Allison and Kathy have all been on house arrest for far too long which makes a long prison sentence laughable!

In just under a month Allison will have been on house arrest for 2 full years. On top of that she plead guilty and took her plea deal on April 8th, 2019 and that means in just 10 more days she will have been waiting for her sentence for one whole year.

Now with the ACLU bearing down on the Department of Justice in light of this new virus, it seems that much more likely that a judge would go for house arrest or a very short jail term with first time non-violent offenders like the NXIVM 5 here.

To be honest, if the CDC thinks the virus is a threat, say, 3 months from now, then I am all for just letting them stay where they are. Plus you can add stricter conditions to the house arrest, I’m sure a Judge could come up with something.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Balls of Fire

What a great time to release criminals into society, during a major economic disruption that is bound to result in many crimes being committed owing to lost jobs, opportunists, etc. I doubt the ACLU will get much attention focused on their stupid recommendations. LOL

Balls of Fire
Balls of Fire
3 years ago
Reply to  Scott Johnson

The U.S. throws too many people in prison but even if they implement some of this. it will be too little too late to stop a deadly virus running rampant through the over-crowded population. So they will have 3 people in a room instead of 6 and eat in shifts, wow….like this will help..cough cough…

Scott Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Balls of Fire

I think less people would be in prison if the sentences were stiffer. There are a lot of repeat offenders who keep getting sent to prison over and over again, and stiffer sentences would also deter people from breaking laws in the first place.

Balls of Fire
Balls of Fire
3 years ago
Reply to  Scott Johnson


It begins: Four time bank robber walks free in New York under new “bail reform” law



COLONIE, NY- Don’t worry New York. That loss in population you suffered last year will probably be made up by all the criminals who will relocate to your state, since your governor and state legislature have made it such an attractive location for lowlifes and criminals.

A report came out that showed New York among states that suffered a sharp population drop in 2019, losing nearly 77,000 residents. No fear Gov. Cuomo…the bad guys are probably loading up their belongings and heading for your state.

Are you a 4-time bank robber? Welcome to New York, home of no bail unless you kill someone…of course, depending on how you do it, you may still get out of jail without having to post bail.

Last Friday, Christopher M. Seamans, a three-time convicted bank robber was allegedly back to his old tricks. Police said he decided to stick up the Pioneer Savings Bank in Colonie, NY. He was arrested on Saturday and charged with the robbery.

Thanks to Gov. Cuomo and the geniuses who populate the state house in Albany, Seamans was released without bail at his court appearance on Tuesday. Seamans has done prison time for three other bank robberies over a 14-year period.

Seamans appeared in Albany County Court, where judge William Carter ordered Seamans released on his own recognizance—basically a 4-time loser is trusted to make his court appearance when required. Seamans had been charged with robbery and grand larceny charges.

Carter ordered the release after being informed by an assistant district attorney that Seamans qualified for release without bail due to the new bail law that takes effect on Jan 1. Isn’t that special?

As has been widely reported, the new law implemented by the virtue signaling Cuomo and Democrat state legislature prohibits defendants who are arrested for most misdemeanors and non-violent felonies from being required to post cash bail.

Of course, supporters of the bill said that cash bail unfairly targeted poor defendants (and apparently bank robbers) and kept them in jail for long periods of time while awaiting trial.

In this case Seamans, who has served time in federal prison in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York for bank robberies went into the bank at around 4:36 p.m. on Dec. 27, approached a teller and demanded money. No weapon was displayed but was implied since Seamans kept his hand inside his jacket.

He was allegedly given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled. Police said he left the scene in a blue 2005 Mercedes-Benz ML350 SUV…nice wheels, but we suppose bank robbers can afford it. No other customers were in the bank during the heist and nobody was injured, police said.

Colonie police said that they received several tips about Seamans after surveillance images were posted to social media. Investigators ultimately used the image to confirm his identity.

Colonie police were assisted by DeWitt police after they began watching a residence in that town. When Seamans left with his wife and two children in the same Mercedes used in the robbery, he was stopped and taken into custody without incident.

Like so many good criminals, Seamans was playing great family man on the way to a Syracuse basketball game with his family when he was arrested. Father of the year candidate right there.

Police found evidence tying Seamans to the robbery inside the vehicle, however the money robbed from the bank was not found.

Federal records indicated that Seamans was convicted in 2005 and 2010 in connection with bank robberies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where a combined $8097 was stolen. In 2011, he was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for robbing a bank in Grand Gorge, NY where $7,727 was realized.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Balls of Fire

What is your point?

3 years ago
Reply to  Balls of Fire

3.) Death of a family member who is the primary care giver of the inmate’s child.

Raniere’s baby mother is it Marianna? better watch her back..

Balls of Fire
Balls of Fire
3 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous


I got the impression from your post responding to me, that this might be an article you would be, or others on here might be, interested in reading.

It is interesting in the context of the pros and cons of keeping certain offenders behind bars longer.

I can’t remember where but I remember you posting that certain posters should use their real names or they are cowards? Something like that.

So I had wondered if SJ is really your real name? How would anyone know?
I thought maybe you have a Website or other presence on line that verifies you, that I just don’t know about.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Balls of Fire

Click on my name and read my website. My name is listed in the Amway lawsuit settlement agreement. I still don’t know your name. LOL

Scott Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Balls of Fire

It’s also very true.

Balls of Fire
Balls of Fire
3 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Scott Johnson,

Due to your response to my post, on the subject of keeping people behind bars longer, I thought you or others may be interested in this article.

It is a different take on the criminal justice system when it comes to keeping people behind bars.

This guy actually said that he doesn’t know why they keep letting him out because he will just go on robbing people.

Is SJ your real name ? I only ask because you had posted somewhere else, not sure where, that some posters should use their real names, something like that.

How would anyone know if it is a person’s real name ?

3 years ago
Reply to  Balls of Fire

If the MDC remains as it is, the virus will be contracted by every inmate and most likely all of it’s staff. It is a near-perfect breeding ground, and nobody as far is known, is immune. Forget the prison population. They’re dead men walking. The prospects for military bases, are also very concerning, and I wouldn’t want to be on an aircraft carrier or any other naval vessel.

Think aerosol transmission.

Horacio Steamer
Horacio Steamer
3 years ago

Since dickless Frank (aka Frank Parlato Jr.) has insisted on being such an authoritarian pussy — by deleting any post which spouts unflattering truthfulness about Joe or Heidi — I have lost the last bit of respect I once had for him.

But that’s not the end of it.

Frank has even ‘outdone’ himself again today.

He’s gone even further into the realm of PUSSY antics.


By first publishing, then deleting, an article about Kendra, Kreuk and GBD.

Frank began this article by kissing Kendra’s ass and talking about how innocent she is, demonstrating that he’s been ‘neutered’ by Kendra’s phone call or even possible legal threats he fears from her attorney (by removing her last name from any article written about her).

As if that wasn’t bad enough, he’s gone even further.

Frank has now DELETED this story altogether, likely out of fear that even mentioning Kendra’s first name is off limits now.

Or maybe he’s changing his mind about Kreuk and wants to ‘make nice’ with her too, as a favor to his pal Sarah E.

After attacking Kreuk for the last 2 years, Frank is now running away from GBD with his tail tucked firmly between his legs. What a pussy. What a coward.

This is in addition to the fact that Frank now wants to help [Name Redacted] to rebuild her business, LOL.

I simply have no respect left for Frank Parlato Jr. anymore. Not one ounce. Nada. In fact, I actually respect Flowers more than I do Frank. At least she’s got some balls to fight with.

As for Frank… I wish him nothing but the worst in life, beginning with his upcoming trial in May.

So I’ll now cheer for the day, in approximately 8 weeks time, when Frank will face the Lord’s wrath and likely lose his upcoming trial for allegedly fucking over Uncle Sam and other innocent citizens.

The Lord is now upset with Frank since he’s injected arrogance into this site one too many times.

Frank’s chances for a full acquittal have now gone down to nearly zero percent. Just watch. The Lord has tipped me off. I predict that Frank will be convicted on at least one count.

He’s now likely to wind up at MDC with Keith or maybe at MCC with Chapo or the ghost of Epstein. He can freeze this December when the heat goes out again.

Maybe that’s just poetic justice. Maybe that’s just the price which Frank must pay for being an arrogant and hypocritical asshole.

Don’t worry Frank, you can delete this post too. You coward.

I know that even a single person talking about your upcoming ‘conviction’ is enough to make you shit your panties with fear. It’s enough to make you wanna ‘disappear’ these hurtful words right off your forum.

So go right ahead, pussy, delete it if you want.

It’s enough that YOU already read it (and likely shit your panties afterward, with fear). LOL.

Have a wonderful day. 🙂

3 years ago

Frank took down Nxivm and Raniere. A great achievement that saved countless victims from this cult. Who knows? Nxivm may have become the next Scientology. That Frank is a very flawed man I have no doubt. Maybe he will have time to reflect in the slammer. In the end though, on balance, he will have done far more good than harm.

3 years ago

Very true are your comments

Only Kendra Sloth would claim

That she knew nothing of Raniere

However, GBD was their NXIVM project

Balls of Fire
Balls of Fire
3 years ago

Can you provide some links to these people you are talking about?

Frank keeps learning information so it could make an article change and so it needs to be redone or just deleted.

Why would Frank delete posts about people in his articles? He doesn’t delete the offensive juvenile bull crap that people post on here.

3 years ago

I seriously doubt that Frank’s trial will ever take place. Are you completely unaware of the new world we are living in? The chances of that trial taking place in May are literally zero.

3 years ago

Boohoo Boohoo…

Oh poor Queef, the Rona comes for You
And nothing you can do
No more branding or flying monkeys
A virus you will see and beg for mercy

That eats your balls and devours your soul
You will never grow old
Time to die motherfucker
And join Satan in hell

Listen for the funeral bell
The Rona is coming for you

Mexican lady
Mexican lady
3 years ago

I hope this facilitates having victims speak via video conference and even more victims showing up 🙂

3 years ago

This is one Raniere motion that will be approved.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago

Most scheduling motions are approved.

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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