Clare Bronfman apparently has grown comfortable being locked down in her luxury Brooklyn apartment for all but a few hours each week (She currently gets to leave the apartment three times per week: twice for 90-minutes and once for 120-minutes).
Earlier today, when U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis scheduled her sentencing for September 30th, she immediately asked for a further delay so that her mother, Georgiana Bronfman, and her sister, Sarah Bronfman-Igtet, could be in attendance.
Her new attorney, Ronald Sullivan, told the judge that the additional time would help to ensure that Georgiana, who lives in England – and Sarah, who Sullivan said lives in France – would both be able to come to New York City for the sentencing hearing.
Judge Garaufis, however, wasn’t buying what Sullivan was trying to sell, noting that because the pandemic is still so unpredictable, international travel may remain uncertain “for years”.
It does not appear that there are currently any travel restrictions that would bar either Georgiana or Sarah from traveling to the U.S. as of today. But given the European Union’s current travel ban on people traveling from the U.S., they would not be able to return home right away.
Georgiana did attend some of the hearings in Clare’s case back in 2019. But Sarah reportedly fled to France to avoid getting ensnared in the prosecution of the top leaders of the NXIVM sex cult (Since then, she reportedly moved to Portugal after French authorities shut down her version of NXIVM’s Rainbow Cultural Garden child exploitation scams).
Clare is Facing Several Years in Federal Prison
Clare was originally charged with racketeering conspiracy – and conspiracy to commit identity theft. Those charges exposed her to a maximum sentence of 20 years.
But back in April 2019, she pleaded guilty to two lesser charges: conspiracy to conceal and harbor illegal aliens for financial gain – and fraudulent use of identification.
At the time, it appeared that her then-lead attorney Mark Geragos had cut a great deal for her.
Per that deal, Clare had to forfeit $6 million – and pay $96,605.23 in restitution to the illegal alien she had harbored at her home. And per the applicable sentencing guidelines, she was also subject to a sentence of 21-27 months in federal prison.
But Judge Garaufis blew that deal up several months ago when he announced he was considering an “above guidelines” sentence for Clare. That decision was apparently based on information that was contained in her “Pre-Sentencing Report”.
Whether he is still considering such a sentence – and just how much above the guidelines he might go – won’t be known until September 30th. But a 3-4 sentence would seem pretty reasonable.
It is also not known whether he will allow Clare to return home for several months after she is sentenced to get her affairs in order – which is what usually happens in cases like this – or he will remand her on the spot to the custody of the U.S. Marshals who will be sitting behind her at the sentencing.
Other NXIVM Defendants Will Likely Be Sentenced Soon
During today’s hearing – which was done remotely via videoconference – Judge Garaufis indicated that in-person appearances at the Eastern District of New York courthouse will probably resume shortly after Labor Day.
That likely means that all of Clare’s co-defendants – Keith Raniere, Nancy Salzman, Allison Mack, Lauren Salzman, and Kathy Russell – will be receiving new sentencing dates sometime in the not too distant future.
Raniere will be going away for a minimum of 15 years – but he’ll get more than 2 years of credit for the time he’s served at the Metropolitan Detention Center since his arrest in March 2018. Most court observers think that he’ll likely get 25 years or more because he was convicted of all seven charges he faced at his trial last year.
Nancy Salzman, who was the first to plead guilty in the case – and who did so apparently without any plea deal in place – is expected to receive a sentence of 2-4 years. She pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy.
Allison Mack and Lauren Salzman both pleaded guilty to two counts – racketeering and racketeering conspiracy. Per the sentencing guidelines, they will likely receive sentences of 3-5 years unless Judge Garaufis decides “below guidelines” sentences are in order for one or both of them. Many have argued that Allison is as much a victim as she is a perpetrator – and Lauren was the star witness for the prosecution at Raniere’s trial.
Kathy Russell, who only got indicted because of her bumbling testimony before the grand jury in the case, pleaded guilty to one count of visa fraud. Per the sentencing guidelines, she will likely receive a sentence in the range of 6-12 months.
Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Affect the Sentences?
It is not known whether the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the sentences for any of the defendants.
Since the onset of the pandemic, the Bureau of Prisons has furloughed approximately 7,000 prisoners because of their potential vulnerability to the disease.
In addition, more than 100 federal prisoners have died in prison due to COVID-19.
There have not been enough new sentences since the onset of the pandemic to determine if it causes judges to be more lenient.
But many court observers think that, consciously or unconsciously, judges will tend to dish out lesser sentences because they know that federal prisons are virtual Petri dishes for the coronavirus.
Since April 1st, most federal prisons shave been on some sort of “lock-down” in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19. In some facilities, this has meant that prisoners are spending 23-hours per day in their cells – and it others it has meant that prisoners are only allowed out of their cells for 1-hour three times per week.
Except for meetings with their attorneys, federal prisoners have also not had any visitors since April.
And in many prisons, the amount that inmates can buy on commissary has been reduced by 50% or more.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ADDED ON JULY 29TH
The spread of COVID-19 in state prisons has continued to escalate – and state inmates are now four times more likely to be infected than the general population. Between July 13th and July 26th, COVID-19 cases in state prisons increased by 21.4% – from 52,901 to 64,208.
Many believe – myself included – that the BOP is grossly under-reporting COV ID-19 cases in federal prisons. Thus, the likelihood that one or more of the NXIVM defendants may become infected while incarcerated is probably much higher than the reported data would otherwise suggest.
The most beautiful picture ever taken of Kristen Kreuk.
The most beautiful picture ever taken of Allison Mack.
63 million HCQ doses appear to have appeared under Presidential executive order except the drug is unlawful in the U.S. And now we know why this HCQ controversy has suddenly popped up again — not only bc a narcissist is never wrong and will prove it.
How does this not constitute “possession” of an illegal substance with “intent to distribute or sell?!”
Excellent update, Clav. Thanks!
Hope Clare reads FR and knows to take a strong, high daily dose of HCQ as a prophylactic for Keith’s incubus visits on the astral plane.
Weren’t YOU supposed to teach her how to astral project, Frank? Think Keith was out to astral project her over to your bed instead of his?
I’d be very surprised if Igtet appeared at any sentencing. There is a very real possibility that she would be arrested and charged on arrival in the US. Not certain, but a real possibility.
Your mouth to God’s ear, Paul, but why’d the DOJ PAY Mrs. Igtet (aka Sara Bronfman) for her Albany pad if there’s any plan to duly charge her?
Clare’s sharks will feed on her to the end of time and I only pray they don’t continue to use the likes of me, Frank, any perceived NX enemy whose pursuit might feed their greed and bloodlust as chum.
And I wish I WERE kidding. Apparently, you have more faith left in justice than I do at this moment. BOTH of them belong behind bars long enough to learn crime doesn’t pay no matter how much you invest in it. Even if it did for Grandpa Sam. But he wasn’t stupid just evil.
We all share the blame for this tragedy.
#letmypeoplego. Priapis and Sweet Creamer. Start there. Love you P and S C
What are you going to do for a living after you lose your medical license , Danielle?
To the lovely Mama Bear Nicki:
I couldn’t help but notice that the article said that Clare is living in a Brooklyn apartment.
Is it in the same apartment building that your wife Allison Mack lived in, the St. George Tower, or a newer building?
Is there a deal that when Allison gets out of stir the Bronfmans will provide her with an apartment in Brooklyn?
Since the Bronfmans own some property in Southern California, will they provide your wife Allison with some digs in the Los Angeles area?
And as a further curiosity, whose idea was it to have Michelle Hatchette dress up in the same dress or smock that Allison appeared in in 2016?
Was it your idea or Michele Hatchette?
Did Clare Bronfman come up with the idea or Keith Raniere himself?
Or maybe did Allison Mack or Allison Mack’s Superfan Charger426hemi1 come up with the idea?
Was Michele Hatchette Wearing Allison Mack’s Dress a Message to Mack?
“I stand with Turkish women”
Couldn’t bring yourself to post that about NXIVM branded sex slaves from your cult of ten years.
“What I thought was just another silly Instagram chain letter and excuse to post pictures may have started with Turkish people posting black and white photos to raise awareness of the femicide occurring in their country”
Turks committed mass genocide and ethnic cleansing of Greeks, Armenians and others in their own countries, under Ottoman occupation. That land of “turkey” is Greece and Armenia. It is not turk’s country. How many Greek, Armenian, Slavic, Assyrian, etc women had femicide committed against them by turks? White women get bashed for being white, but Turkish women do not, despite the evils of the Ottoman Empire and modern “turkey”. You don’t see turkish women shaming turkish males, but you do see white women shaming white men. The Ottoman Empire was millions times worse then all white empires combined.
I guess it’s A-OK to attack general classes of people via racism on Frank’s site (if they ain’t white) as long as some tenuous connection is made to a former or existing member of the cult of NXIVM, but Heaven forbid that you direct a scathing attack against one of Frank’s “morally upstanding” commenters like this guy.
Don’t cry Jrule31.
Let my people go. We’ve done so much to help the underprivileged and the forgotten ones. And bought attention to the injustice.
And who were our leaders? Vanguard and Legatus. Let them go. Do not punish with vengeance. Legatus has done more to help this planet than anyone other than Vanguard Himself.
July 29, 2020 at 5:35 am
Let my people go.
The fact of the matter is that very few people have even heard of them outside of the context of the criminal racketeering operation they operated.
Try this little experiment:
Stop 1000 random people on the street and ask them if they recognise their names.
You won’t find many, and those that do will probably ask, “You mean that sex-cult guy?”
They are already forgotten.
Is that Raniere jumping up and down like a crazy man? Maybe the waddle is pure fuckery?
Great reporting as always!!!!!!
Sara is going to show up just like she did to sign for Clare to get bail.
Either that or she is awfully confident she has skated.
Speaking of Bronfmans, “How does Nxivm relate to the Mega Group…” This Cirsten YT offering is worth hearing in its entirety, but at right about 29:12ish, it gets especially good, for those who enjoy tracking Bronfmans, Wexner(s) Maxwells, etc. Smell those generations right on down the lines. Deep shit.
Frank and company are not the only ones questioning if or when Clare Bronfman’s now matronly sister, Sara, could be indicted or more. * That seemingly generous elitist snot molested a llama, no wait! – a lama, a celibutted monk, fer chrissake. Well, it was really for Raniere. Or was Sara just being a healthy, horny pimpstress, in the name of her God? It only cost her and Clare around a hundred million dollars to get so well-fucked.
So Clare is whistling Dixie in some bushy bushy woods if she is pretending to think that Sara is going to show up for her sentencing. But Clare knows better, so this was mist likely just more entitled bull hockey that she was pulling out of her short and mildewed but oh-so-privileged supply closet.
One thing that is notable about this YT vid. is that Cirsten is talking with Mel, (Melody) a researcher who happens to be an Italian Jew, maybe a tad New Yawk sounding.
Mel clarifies to the unhip or to the biased that not all Jews are practicing what could be called militant or chauvinistic Zionism. Not at all. So many blatant misconceptions are simply used as excuses to create more ignorance, divisiveness. Epstein was a patsy to Mega Group interests. It would be good to get all of that out into the open, as it’ll help to grab all of “Epstein’s” rotten tentacles. Right, Bill? Only 26 logged flights on the Lolita Express, but 200 trips to Epstein’s New Mexico setup? And sometimes accompanied by Saint Hillary, who keeps his balls and their daughter spawn.
Ghislaine Maxwell RAN Jeffrey. Epstein didn’t run her. She knows where this lost baba louie prickster got his money and that it never was Jeffrey’s money.
There’s a somewhat similar, but less well-developed tone with how Nancy Salzman kept putting it over on the psycho egoist and sex addict, the squat-footed Raniere crybaby schmuck. He is already doing time, and Nancy is out and about blowing dentists, ankle monitor be damned, and she’s waiting to skate. A real mutha.
Don’t count on September 30th.
Cuomo adds new states, Puerto Rico to NY’s quarantine travel list
Individuals flying into New York also have to fill out a survey detailing where they are coming from and where they plan to go.
If they leave the airport without filling out the necessary documents, they could be hit with up to $2,000 in penalties.
“If you refuse to fill out the form in the airports, it is illegal for you to leave the airport,” Cuomo said
The travel advisory currently includes: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington,
Wisconsin, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Welcome to Communism, Cuomo style.
The judge and Bronfman are already in New York. LOL
I’m wondering if Clare Bronfman has a COVID test before being sentenced, and is found to be negative for the virus, and then after a month or two in lock-up, she gets tested and is found to be positive, can she sue the Judge, the Bureau of Corrections and the State of New York. After all, her becoming infected with the virus would be the direct result of improper isolation procedures?
The state has the right to lock her up but not endanger her life with a virus. Would that be grounds to request home release like Mr. Trump’s ex-aid Mr. Cohen? And if she was denied home detention, and got the virus, that proves a chain of culpability does it not?
And if that was the case, could Clare Bronfman launch a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all the people who went into a prison virus free but got infected doing time as a result of prison protocols?
No. It’s just a virus. LOL
She’ll probably be fine as long as she eats something. If she keeps up this anorexic bit, she’s made herself susceptible.
It has a 99.9% survival rate.
And all that being said, I have seen no evidence and believe none exists that the world would not be a better place if she were no longer with us.
Your words are sad but true. With that said, she can confess her sins to God and ask for forgiveness and make some changes in her life to better herself. We have all fallen short in the glory of God. I hope she finds peace….and pays Frank the money he’s owed for his hard work 😉
Hey, Mama Bear Nicki:
Does the lovely Clare Bronfman know about the MDC dancing?
Was the dancing Clare’s idea?
I think Sara should definitely comes see her beloved sister. Wink wink 😉
She is not well-liked on here but I do believe there is a good person with morals within her. The day she passed out in court when it was found she had a secret council was a time when I thought she was perhaps being led and set up to take a fall for someone else.
Not many people actually do that but I thought it might have been news to her right then and there when she passed out about the deception and maybe someone else was trying to shift the limelight away from themselves by trying to put her to the slaughter instead?
Not sure of the full facts but something I thought of at the time with all the control mechanisms.
Read what she did to Sylvie. Claire did not give a damn about how that woman suffered.
I am aware of that as well as the treatment of another Mexican young lady.
My main point being Clare was more a puppet than the master so to speak. Another puppet came unmasked to pick up the girl you mentioned but a blindfold was used to hide the master’s identity.
I don’t defend Clare but she went from a top-class horse rider who found the woman you mention in a tack room in England and then ended up going to prison. Like a certain actress etc., etc. with others following that same person as their master. I do believe if you commit a crime you should do the time however to be clear.
Yes. I can’t believe she would have done anything, had she not been directed to by her vanguard. Truly. So many well-meaning women being hurt because of his actions… If I were her, I would try for home confinement.
When you use the words petri dish and Kathy Russell in the same sentence, it reminds me of the story of her cleaning up Raniere’s semen after his sexual experiences with his many slaves.
Regarding Kathy Russell’s cleanup responsibility, I forgot she had that chore.
Thanks, Peaches, for making me gag.
Is it me or does Kathy Russel look like
Chaka from the 70’s show, Land of the Lost?
You’re welcome, Nice Guy. You have to train your gag reflex for superior fun…just ask the [redacted] guy.
Frank, the two commentators’ names you redacted made me giggle.