FR Investigation: Did Bigtime Montreal Developer Swindle a Million From Friend’s Daughter?

Albert Mashaal is alleged to have orchestrated a swindle.

Friend or Foe…

In Montreal, a Family Friend Is Taken to Court

MONTREAL, QUEBEC — Frank Report has undertaken an investigation into a civil lawsuit that is set for trial in December before the Superior Court of Quebec. The principal allegation is that defendant, Albert Mashaal, orchestrated the illegal removal of more than $1 million from the estate of his deceased and longtime friend, Jack Sofaer, while serving as a trustee for the estate.

What makes this case interesting is that Mashaal is one of the wealthiest men in Montreal. A bigtime developer, he is the president of family-owned Yale Properties Ltd., with real estate holdings throughout North America, titled in Yale Properties Ltd., or in subsidiaries and joint venture companies, such as First Real Properties Ltd., Second Real Properties Ltd., and Fourth Real Properties Ltd., which control millions of square feet of commercial real estate.

According to the complaint, filed by the decedent’s daughter, Rhonda Sofaer — Albert Mashall, aided and abetted by another trustee for the estate, along with professionals chosen by Mashaal to assist in its liquidation – an accountant, bookkeeper and lawyer – conspired to bilk the estate out of a million dollars.

With apparently enormous wealth, one would think that Mashaal does not need to swindle from his friend’s daughter a comparatively insignificant amount.  One of the defense arguments is expected to be that there is no motive. Mashaal doesn’t need the money.

Albert Mashaal
Did Albert Mashaal, president of Yale Properties Ltd., a defendant in a civil lawsuit, swindle his friend’s daughter out of a million dollars?

The argument is not dispositive. I recall an heiress whose family was also from Montreal. Because of my work as an investigative reporter, she was convicted of identity theft and harboring an illegal alien for financial gain. The sum involved was about $300,000, a pittance for a woman whose net worth is $200 million. Sentenced to 81 months in US federal prison, Clare Bronfman, one of the heirs of the Seagram’s liquor fortune, did not commit her crimes of conviction for financial gain. She had other motives, which was the subject of my original investigation.

In the matter of Sofaer v. Mashaal — if Mashaal, now 86, orchestrated the conversion of one million dollars from a man who was supposedly his friend — he likely had another motive, other than a need for the money.

Facebook: Profile picture for Mashaal’s offices in Montreal, headquarters for Yale Properties Ltd.

 

Yale Properties LTD owns or controls substantial prime real estate in downtown Montreal.

Part of Iraqi-Jewish Community

Another interesting fact in this case is that both Mashaal and Jack Sofaer, who died eight years ago, (at age  87, in 2013) are Iraqi-Jews, who left their homeland in the 1950s and found success in Canada.

Mashaal made a fortune in real estate; Sofaer made his money in stocks.

Yale Properties, founded by Albert Mashaal’s father. His sons, [Albert second from left] built the company. Albert has been with Yale for more than 60 years and is president of the company.

The Late Jack Sofaer Was a Stockbroker

After leaving Iraq in or around 1952, Sofaer came to the USA, where he met and married an Iraqi-Jewish woman, Evelyn Obadiah. The couple made their home in Montreal, where their only daughter, Rhonda, was born.

Sofaer worked for decades as a stockbroker for Shearson, and Scotia McLeod. In the 1980s, he became a widower, and he also left the brokerage firms and began buying and selling stocks for himself.  His net worth was at least $15 million at the time of his death.

Jack Sofaer transitioned from stockbroker to trader.

Sofaer and Mashaal were friends for decades, but the friendship was, at its core, based on their shared identity as Iraqi-Jews, members of a community, ancient and historic, which for thousands of years lived in Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates, from the time of the Babylonian captivity — and who were forced to flee their homeland by Muslim persecution in Iraq. Most of the community went to Israel.

But Iraqi-Jewish communities sprung up in Montreal, Toronto and Southern Florida. Through the same will, the demand of themselves of hard work, and the belief that no one will do them any favors, that preserved them as a minority in the Middle East, from the fall of Jerusalem, and for a thousand years – the last refuge of the Jews, the “people without a land,” and then, following that, resisting Muslim conversion down another 13 long centuries; marrying among themselves, holding their tribe together, favoring one another, always working, always with the same knowledge that none were their friends save themselves, and that the outside world would never understand.

And then, for their most recent travails, after millennia in Mesopotamia, fleeing en masse, finding a home on another continent. They went from the cradle of civilization to the youngest of nations.

An affluent population soon emerged with subtle and nuanced relationships, financial and otherwise, forged by their shared identity as refugees. Though the first generation, those born in Iraq, who fled from it some 70 years ago, are dwindling fast, the community is still strong, and growing, transplanted, its old culture intact.

Was There a Feud?’…

The Questionability of Human Nature

Jack Sofaer did not name Albert Mashaal as one of the trustees of his will. It was Jack’s daughter, Rhonda, who had him appointed, about a month after her father died.  It is not surprising that a grief-stricken daughter would turn to an old family friend, a man successful in his own right to oversee and handle her inheritance of her father’s wealth.

Rhonda recalled when, as a child of five, she met Mashaal. Her father and Mashaal saw each other sometimes daily for months on end. The families knew each other. Their children grew up together. They were of the same clan.

After Rhonda left home, she saw less of Mashaal, as decades passed, yet her image of him, of a man, firm, strong, aligned with her father, remained in her imagination long after the reality had ceased to exist.

A source familiar with the case and the people involved, said that Rhonda believed Mashaal was one of her father’s oldest and dearest friends. Now she believes she was mistaken.

“Albert Mashaal did not need to take money from the estate,” the source said. “He is far wealthier than Jack. Albert is one of the richest men in Montreal. This was something different. I think it was a ‘blood feud,’ dating back years. They were friends once, but something happened, something changed, at least for Albert. Jack may not have been fully aware.”

It is hard to understand.

Just as the Jews fled to Mesopotamia, some 2600 years ago…

 

Iraqi Jews fled from this land in the early 1950s.

Beneath the surface of this seemingly united Iraqi-Jewish community are allegiances, and apparent allegiances, loyalties and disloyalties, apparent or otherwise, and competition. There is also an undercurrent, whispered by some who have gained entry into a closely-guarded world, of ancient rites and secret rituals, perhaps dying off with the first generation; of vendettas secretly carried out, carried on sometimes over decades, awaiting the moment to prevail and restore some sort of justice of the “eye for an eye” variety which might date back to the escape from Iraq and the secreting of wealth from confiscation or perhaps from an earlier period.

If friendship was a bond required by their common plight or fate, betrayal came with a curse. For a people used to having naught for physical weapons, and whose apparent solidarity was essential to survival in hostile lands, there was another way of exacting retribution on enemies from within.

If it is true that Mashaal had an insult to avenge, Rhonda did not understand. She saw a man professing friendship with her late father, a leader of her community.  Was he waiting for a chance to impoverish the child of his deceased enemy in the ancient way, by settling a score with the dead?

Superstitions?… or Maybe Not

For those who believe in the here and hereafter, and that our ancestors watch us from above, what more satisfying vengeance is there than to make the progeny of your enemy penniless, to deprive the fruits of his efforts of a lifetime from getting into the hands of his children, as the deceased watches from another world, or condition, powerless to help as his children suffer?

For those who believe in curses and revenge, who have faith in mystic incantations and ritualistic spells, practiced since before the dawn of Babylonia, carried out and delivering consequences from beyond the grave, this could be justice of a most satisfying kind. A man might happily go to his eternal rest believing he avenged wrongs done in this lifetime by disturbing the peace of the departed in their afterlife.

The Iraqi-Jewish community settled in Canada and shared a deep traumatic bond, and common heritage. They were refugees in the early 1950s, fleeing their homeland after suffering persecution from the Muslim majority in Iraq. From an uncertain future, they, often by bonding together, not only eked out a living, they became prosperous and successful.

Of course, this is a mere notion, entirely unproven, not even alleged, but there are those who have brushed up against the hoodoo, the jinx, and the hex, and the evil eye, and they know that belief in these things, such as curses and blessings, of sorcery and Satanism, and black magic, are part of the beliefs of an ancient world and there may be some strange, underlying tension that may have created a fabric of pretense – to appear to be a man’s friend to his grieving daughter, while planning to sabotage all that he left behind to his child.

Then, again, while this is whispered, there is no proof whatsoever that any of this remotely touches on the present controversy. We are dealing in facts and not in weird and esoteric things. Still, a source familiar with both men, a member of their community, told me that the breach between Sofaer and Mashaal ran deep and occurred in Montreal. According to the source, Sofaer declined to participate in a certain group or society whose Iraqi-Jewish membership was secretive and who practiced certain rites.

Invitation is offered but once; rejection is final. The group has a manner of operating with outsiders in business that, to say the least, is rapacious as the core of business conduct: To present oneself as the friend of one and all, benevolent and kind, and to fleece any and all “who are not one of us,” wherever possible. This is the modus operendi.

Is it so strange and improbable? There are some who believe this kind of behavior is not unique to a community of refugees made good in Montreal but is a microcosm of the great modus operendi of the elite and fabulously wealthy all over the world.

Facts Must Be Presented, Not Mere Speculation

None of this has been substantiated but is offered only as a troubling back story, troubling because to mention it, even as an improbability, is to impugn, and to suggest it as remotely plausible, without evidence, is to risk the sober, fact-based analysis necessary to judge this civil case – with a million dollars at stake.

Yet it forms a backdrop – if the allegations are true and not the product of fabrication – that there must be a reason. Why would a man who is among the financial elite, who spent 60 years developing and managing his company, safeguarding its pristine reputation – to appear to eat as the vulture does upon his deceased, fellow refugee friend?

If the allegations are true, and in our next story we will examine them closely- they are troubling to say the least – they defy at first glance an innocent explanation. If they are true, and there is ample documentation to support the allegations, then a fraud was perpetrated by a very rich man on his deceased friend.

What was the motive?

A Mystery…

Two sources who knew about the case told me there was a schism:

One source quoted Sofaer as saying about Mashaal and his allies, “What they were doing is not right.”  The source added, “Jack broke off connection with Mashaal, or Mashaal broke off with him because of Jack’s refusal to participate in something which Jack did not feel was morally right.”

Whether this double hearsay is truth or fiction is hard to determine. Even if true, it may be impossible to prove and is likely never to be evidence admissible in court.

Mashaal Calls Lawsuit ‘Frivolous’

There is another side of this story which we must investigate: A prominent man can be besmirched even if he is innocent by allegations alone. His company’s unblemished reputation can be sullied by mere suspicion, by allegations, and innuendo. Here is a woman with inherited wealth bringing allegations against a prominent man whose reputation does not have a breath of scandal, a man who has no known history of doing this to anyone else.

Rhonda Sofaer is bringing a lawsuit against Albert Mashaal. She has filed her complaint, buttressed by a horde of documents that seemingly support her allegations.

Some wealthy people settle quickly for certain sums, with confidentiality agreements, out of practicality, deeming it the settlement of a nuisance.  Others stick to a principle of never settling and opposing every inch of the way, forcing plaintiffs to pay their attorneys enormous sums to continue the fight.  Mashaal has made no effort to settle, as far as Frank Report could ascertain. Rhonda has likely spent more in legal fees than she is likely to collect.

When Frank Report contacted Mashaal, he denied wrongdoing.

“It’s a frivolous lawsuit,” he said, adding that he was one of three trustees and everything was done jointly by all three.

[Rhonda Sofaer, who was one of the trustees, says otherwise.]

He also said Rhonda was the cause of delays that kept this case alive in the Quebec court system for eight years.

A little fact-checking revealed that the trial was scheduled for November 2020. Searching records pertaining to the suit, Frank Report discovered that, according to an email sent to Judge Sylvain Lussier, j.s.c., it was apparently Mashaal (not Rhonda) who sought postponement of the trial, just days before it was scheduled to start, because, at the last minute, he switched attorneys.  The judge granted a continuance of more than a year, and the trial is now scheduled to start in December 2021.

If the case makes it to trial, it will be held in the Palais de Justice on Cote St. Antoine St. in Montreal.

Lawyers and Fees

Prior to the request for a continuance, Mashaal and the other defendants [two accountants, an attorney and a bookkeeper] were represented by the same attorney. Mashaal now has his own attorney, while the other defendants are represented by the original attorney in the case. This may mean nothing more than the addition of extra legal muscle. Mashaal can afford the best lawyers in Montreal.

It might also suggest a schism between the other defendants and Mashaal.

Rhonda’s Motivation?

On the other hand, what about Rhonda Sofaer?

She has had two lawyers for years. She maintains that the defendants have delayed everything, causing her to spend more in legal fees than the amount of damages she seeks. It hasn’t even gone to trial where she will spend additional money in legal fees.

Why would anyone spend more on a lawsuit than the amount they allege was swindled?

When asked, Rhonda said the case is more than recouping money improperly taken. She is pursuing the lawsuit for additional reasons:

  1. To expose the betrayal of the high-profile trustee, Mashaal, who claimed to be her father’s friend
  2. To expose his professional team who violated the ethical duties of their profession.
  3. To bring attention to the fact that there are not enough safeguards in the estate system of law, especially if there are trusts involved.

She told Frank Report that this is a textbook case of how people get taken advantage of, either illegally or through loopholes in the law.

The Defendants Might Have Had Differing Intentions

If the allegations are true, perhaps it was not Mashaal, but the codefendants, professionals who were chosen by Mashaal to work for the estate, that did the swindling.  Each of the codefendants had a role in the movement of money from the estate to their bank accounts, paid to them in blank checks.

Mashaal said he had nothing but the best intentions, motivated solely by the desire to serve as trustee without compensation to help the daughter of his friend.

Albert Mashaal said he only wanted to help and never took a dime from the estate.

All but one of the codefendants worked for Mashaal in the past. Most of the alleged misappropriated or illegally withdrawn money went into their bank accounts. Was Mashaal trying to help his friends?  Did he know they were overcharging or charging for work they did not do?

When one looks at payments they received, and the way they were paid, it looks suspicious. Did Mashaal look away, not caring? Did he understand their duplicity, which he facilitated, by, for example, providing them payments through secretly drawn blank checks?

Defendants May Be Blameless

We must not be hasty to infer the defendants committed wrongdoing. The defendants assert that they did proper professional work and were paid fairly for their services, even if paid by blank checks and provided the ability to write their own payments without the need to submit a bill in advance.

The documents and the way they procured payment will lead to some inferences, which lacking refutation and exculpatory evidence, on the surface do not look good.

Case Should Attract Attention as It Nears Trial

We have hardly scratched the surface. If the case looks bad for the codefendants, the defense has not been heard.

As it nears trial, because the lawsuit is against the president of Yale Properties, which owns prominent buildings in major cities, especially in Montreal, the city where the trial will be held, this is sure to get publicity.

Since Mashaal is partnered in joint ventures in mega real estate investments with high-profile life insurance companies, such as Manulife and the Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada, whose reputations are essential to preserving trust with the public, the case may attract additional national publicity despite the fact that it has avoided notice until now.

Frank Report is pleased, once again, to be the first to report and investigate what might be a fascinating and burgeoning story.

In Part #2, Frank Report will look deeper into the allegations of how the alleged theft of $1 million dollars, by a very wealthy Canadian, with his team of professionals, occurred – the nuts and bolts of it.

In Part #2, we leave speculation, innuendo and motive behind and look at the facts, just the facts, indisputable and dispositive facts.

Stay tuned.

 


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  • Frank,

    —With apparently enormous wealth, one would think that Mashaal does not need to swindle from his friend’s daughter a comparatively insignificant amount. One of the defense arguments is expected to be that there is no motive. Mashaal doesn’t need the money.

    As we both know, greed knows no bounds.
    Jeff Bezos is a prime example.

    ****
    How much can an executor and trustee charge in Canada?

    • Re Odd Customs:

      Many of the customs of Persian, Syrian, and Iraqi Jews are, rather surprisingly, Middle Eastern customs and traditions. At the end of the day, Jews are just as Middle Eastern as Arabs. It’s a fact.

  • Haven’t been over to PARLER much but seems like this post would do real well there. This is about the most anti-Semitic thing I’ve read in recent memory and it is inexcusable regardless of what ‘personal’ motives Frank supposedly has to merely please his handsome heiress friend, “Rhonda,” here.

    Funny, however, how none of this sinister, blood feud garbage reaching beyond Heaven’s gate appears in the poor, unsuspecting lady’s complaint. Nor is it part of any Jewish tradition I’m aware of. Sounds more like a Sicilian Vendetta thing.

    In fact, the most popular Rabbinical, Jewish interpretation of the Biblical phrase: “An Eye for an Eye…” has nothing to do with vengeance but with the ancient scales of justice; with the equitable distribution of justice and meting out of punishment. It is seen among scholars and holy persons as an admonishment to take no more in retribution when wronged than what was lost through any foul play.

    IDK if this old adage includes attorney or consultant or investigative reporting fees but I’d wager Frank was introduced to Rhonda by a mutual friend of the Benjamin Franklin clan. If not some other Klan.

  • Innercitypress

    Avenatti Seeks To Ban Press From Sidebars So Inner City Press Opposed, Response April 22
    By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Song Radio
    BBC – Decrypt – LightRead – Honduras – Source

    SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 16 – When after three days of jury selection the trial of Michael Avenatti for allegedly extorting Nike began on January 29, Assistant US Attorney Robert Sobelman told the selected jurors that Avenatti was supposed to look out for the interests of his client, but he did not – he had a weapon, social media. More on 1st day on Patreon here.

    On August 7, 2020 in the Stormy Daniels case, Avenatti had motions heard by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jesse M. Furman. Inner City Press live tweeted it, here.

    On April 14, 2021, Avenatti’s Federal Defenders wrote to Judge Furman seeking to ban the press from sidebars, during jury selection in his Stormy Daniels trial.

    Inner City Press has immediately filed opposition, below. On April 16 the opposition was docketed and response from the US Attorney’s Office called for on April 22:
    “MEMO ENDORSEMENT as to Michael Avenatti on Letter addressed to Judge Jesse M. Furman from Matthew Russell Lee, Inner City Press dated 4/14/2021 re Formal request for press presence at voir dire sidebars and for full access including to both sides’ exhibits in real time: The Clerk of Court is directed to docket this letter. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Jesse M. Furman on 1/29/2021).” And, “MEMO ENDORSEMENT as to Michael Avenatti on [107] LETTER MOTION re Reporter’s Presence At Sidebar Voir Dire: The Government shall file a response to this letter (and the letter filed by Inner City Press, which will be docketed separately) no later than April 22, 2021. SO ORDERED.”

    http://www.innercitypress.com/sdnylive111avenattistormyicp041621.html

  • A success to be noted for Attorney Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. attorney for Clare Bronfman.

    The Buffalo News

    Fired Buffalo police officer wins lawsuit, will get her pension

    Maki Becker Apr 13, 2021 Updated Apr 16, 2021

    For more than 14 years, fired Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne fought to have her dismissal overturned so she could get her full police pension.

    Horne was terminated by the city after she said she tried to stop a fellow officer who put a man in a chokehold during a 2006 arrest.

    [ … ]

    Horne was represented by high-profile lawyers Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. of Harvard Law School and Neal Eggleston, a former White House counsel to President Obama who is now with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

    Her lawsuit sought to overturn a 2010 ruling that upheld her termination.

    [ … ]

    “We are gratified that the court recognized that former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne did the right thing in 2006 when she intervened when a fellow police officer had a chokehold on an arrestee,” Eggleston said.

    [ … ]

    https://buffalonews.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/fired-buffalo-police-officer-wins-lawsuit-will-get-her-pension/article_0c481c2c-9c7f-11eb-95ce-db6e32a6c26b.html

    • Frank, I’m more interested in how former NXIVM member Roger Stone is now being sued for tax evasion.

      I guess Roger learned that from Keith, right?

  • Mark Geragos has a new line of work. Commentator on late-night television. I don’t think he’s done that since CNN kicked him out after the Nike blackmail story.

    List of Banfield episodes [From Wikipedia]

    Banfield is an American late-night television program that airs Monday through Friday on NewsNation in the United States, hosted by long-time cable news journalist Ashleigh Banfield. It originally premiered on March 1, 2021, and is considered the flagship interview program on the NewsNation network.[1]

    Banfield was inspired by CNN’s Larry King Live as a program which would seek to have a dialogue with guests, without interrogatory questions. Most programs interview one guest, although multiple guests may be interviewed depending on events in the news.[2]

    Episodes

    No. Original air date Guest(s)

    27 April 7 Mark Geragos, Joseph Scott Morgan, Dee Snider
    In the first half, Geragos and Morgan recap the day in the State v. Chauvin trial, including evidence that George Floyd may have ingested fentanyl prior to Chauvin’s knee on the neck and audio from a previous arrest of Floyd for drug use. In the second half, Snider talks about being in the band Twisted Sister, testifying in Congress about rock and roll music and youth, his influences in heavy metal, and opinions about his music being used for commercials and political campaigns.[29]

    31 April 13 Julie Grant, Mark Geragos, Brian K. Williams, Gretchen Carlson
    In the first half, Court TV anchor Grant and attorneys Geragos and Williams discuss State v. Chauvin, including the first day of defense testimony and whether there are effective rebuttals to prosecution forensic witnesses. In the second half, Carlson discusses her thoughts on State v. Chauvin, as well as surviving sexual harassment at Fox News and inspiring the Me Too movement.[33]

    33 April 15 Julie Grant, Mark Geragos, Montel Williams
    In the first segment, Grant and Geragos discuss the defense in State v. Chauvin, including the decision to not have Chauvin take the stand and the judge blocking the prosecution’s request to bring in a carbon monoxide test to debunk the defense claim that carbon monoxide poisoning could have caused George Floyd’s death. The remaining two-thirds of the program features Williams discuss race relations in the United States, his military service and his family’s legacy of public service, highlights from The Montel Williams Show, and his current work helping military families and advocating for medical cannabis.[35]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Banfield_episodes

  • El Arsenal

    El Grupo Monterrey le cobrará a AMLO

    Abril 17, 2021

    Héctor Moctezuma de León.

    https://www.elarsenal.net/?p=998799

    translation:

    Grupo Monterrey will charge AMLO for its services

    April 17, 2021

    Héctor Moctezuma de León

    The powerful Monterrey Group, which for decades has dominated the economic scene in the most important state of the country in terms of industrial development, will pay the bill to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador as a consequence of the disdain shown by the president towards the Monterrey business community.

    The strong man of the businessmen in that state, Jose Antonio “El Diablo” Fernandez, sponsor of the National Anti AMLO Front (FRENA), upset by the collection of 9 billion pesos owed in taxes to SAT, will throw all his weight into the fray to promote the PRI member Adrian de la Garza or the MC member Samuel Garcia, depending on who is better positioned in the end, to leave the former PRI member and now candidate for Morena, Clara Luz Flores, out of the race for the governorship of the state of Nuevo Leon.

    President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said in the mornings that the newspapers El Norte of Monterrey and Reforma of Mexico City are the ones who define the governorship in the northern state, it is not so, it is the powerful group who has the last word, whether they want it or not.

    To give you an example, it was not the dragging, nor the independent candidacy, what gave the folkloric Jaime Rodriguez Calderon “El Bronco” the governorship of Nuevo Leon, it was the impulse of the businessmen who took him to the Government Palace of the state of Nuevo Leon.

    This is not the first time that Grupo Monterrey has had its way to impose a governor; previously it promoted and won the PAN candidate Fernando Canales Clarión, who was the first to stop the hegemony of the PRI in that state.

    This is a very close election with low blows, such as the one Adrian de la Garza gave to his opponent for Morena Clara Luz Flores by publishing a video in which he shows the president’s candidate consulting with Keith Raniere, head of the Nxivm sect, imprisoned for trafficking sex slaves, a fact that he first denied, but before the evidence of the filming he had to accept.

    De la Garza, who was Attorney General -there was not yet a prosecutor’s office- in Alberto Medina’s government also accused his other rival, Samuel Garcia, the standard bearer of the Movimiento Ciudadano, of being linked to the Gulf Cartel. Clara Luz will be left with the desire to be the first woman to govern that entity.

  • El UNIVERSAL

    OPINIÓN Jue, 04/15/2021 – 09:21 09:21 Luis Cárdenas ACTUALIZADA 09:21

    Mario Delgado, el hombre de las sectas

    Luis Cárdenas

    Prometía cambiar al partido más poderoso, Morena, por uno institucional; apostaba a reglas claras, transparencia, estado de derecho y altura de miras

    https://oaxaca.eluniversal.com.mx/opinion/mario-delgado-el-hombre-de-las-sectas

    translation:

    El Universal

    OPINIÓN Thu, 04/15/2021 – 09:21 09:21 Luis Cárdenas UPDATED 09:21

    Luis Cardenas

    Mario Delgado, the man of the sect

    A showman presidency

    All Wrong

    “Fanatics create a reverie and turn it into the paradise of their sect.”
    John Keats.

    It was Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the Senate voted, amid great controversy, Eduardo Medina Mora, very close to then President Peña Nieto, as minister of the Supreme Court of Justice. The PRI won. Peña won.

    The calculation to define the qualified majority that made Medina Mora a minister was made out of 118 senators present, the leftist bloc could have prevented his appointment but Armando Ríos Piter, Luz María Beristáin, Rabindranath Salazar and Mario Delgado did not attend.

    The current president of Morena, then Senator, had a more important commitment in his agenda: to take roll call in the courses that the NXIVM sect, coordinated by Keith Raniere, now sentenced for sexual slavery crimes, was giving in the United States.

    Just like the Morena candidate to govern Nuevo Leon, Clara Luz Flores, who even met Raniere face to face, a right reserved for the most faithful, Mario Delgado seems to be a man prone to believe and fall into sects. Today, in fact, he looks very much like the leader of one.

    Educated by the elite, far from the good and wise people, with a degree from ITAM and a master’s degree from Essex University in England, Delgado promised to change Mexico’s most powerful party, Morena, into an institutional political party; he was betting on clear rules, transparency, rule of law and high mindedness.

    During his campaign to obtain the presidency, Delgado left a trail of many betrayals, perhaps one of the most strident, even on a personal level, was the one suffered by Porfirio Muñoz Ledo who has not stopped qualifying, even with insults, the current president and his administration.

    Evidently, he also betrayed the principles of his campaign and the ideals he sought for his party, Morena is immersed in a war of tribes without quarter: Delgado is received with rods in every square he steps on, nobody believes in his polls which are anything but transparent or in accordance with the law and which, rather, resemble the classic PRI’s dedazos he criticizes so much.

    Formed in the political group of Chancellor Marcelo Ebrard, today many of his once close friends look at him with shame as he raises the hand of Felix Salgado Macedonio while ranting, loaded with lies, against institutions that he himself built and strengthened.

    Mario, perhaps, will pay a high price for the auction of his ideals, today he is far from building unity for his party and his actions are generating a party so oclocratic, so divided and so unruly that it would make the PRD itself pale.

    Mario decided to bet on post-truth, on lies, on fake news, on manipulation.

    Mario decided to follow the path of the sects. That can never end well.

    To conclude

    Although the issues of Salgado and Morón will be a litmus test for the Court, everything indicates that the magistrates will be up to the task of our democracy and will avoid overrepresentation in the Chamber of Deputies.

    We will see if Mario Delgado ends up setting up camp outside the Tribunal.

  • politica EXPANSION.mx

    Clara Luz Flores afirma que las vacunas las da AMLO y pide el voto para ella

    mié 14 abril 2021 08:30 PM

    translation:

    politica EXPANSION.mx

    Clara Luz Flores affirms that vaccines are given by AMLO and asks for the vote for her

    Wed Apr 14, 2021 08:30 PM

    [ … ]

    Looking ahead to the June 6 local elections, Flores is one of the main candidates, although a recent poll indicates that her popularity has dropped and she is no longer the front runner in the race.

    In March, Flores had 33% of the vote intention in the exercise carried out by the newspaper El Norte. However, this month she obtained 19%.

    The drop in approval for the Morenista candidate comes one month after the race formally began and after her PRI rival, Adrián de la Garza, released a video in which she appears talking to Keith Raniere, leader of the NXIVM sect, sentenced in the United States to 120 years in prison for sex crimes.

    https://politica.expansion.mx/estados/2021/04/14/clara-luz-flores-afirma-que-las-vacunas-las-da-amlo-y-pide-el-voto-para-morena

  • Politica EXPANSION.mx

    Clara Luz Flores afirma que las vacunas las da AMLO y pide el voto para ella

    mié 14 abril 2021 08:30 PM

    [ … ]

    De cara a las elecciones locales del 6 de junio, Flores es una de las principales candidatas, aunque una encuesta reciente señala que su popularidad ha caído y ya no es la puntera en la carrera.

    En marzo, Flores tenía 33% de la intención del voto en el ejercicio levantado por el diario El Norte. Sin embargo, este mes obtuvo 19%.

    La caída de la aprobación para la candidata morenista se da a un mes desde que arrancó formalmente la contienda y luego de que su rival del PRI, Adrián de la Garza, difundiera un video en el que aparece conversando con Keith Raniere, líder de la secta NXIVM, sentenciado en Estados Unidos a 120 años de prisión por delitos sexuales.

    https://politica.expansion.mx/estados/2021/04/14/clara-luz-flores-afirma-que-las-vacunas-las-da-amlo-y-pide-el-voto-para-morena

  • New York Post

    How Keith Raniere lured scores of young women into sex slave cult NXIVM

    By Eric Spitznagel April 17, 2021 | 8:59am | Updated

    [ … ]
    “It has taken me three years and a substantial amount of space from your manipulation to realize that the shame that has been weighing so heavily on my shoulders is not mine to carry,” Nicole said during her court testimony, delivering her speech directly to Raniere. “It’s yours.”

    https://nypost.com/article/how-keith-raniere-lured-women-sex-cult-nxivm/

  • This story is a total joke.

    It’s completely unworthy of a FrankReport ‘investigation’.

    It’s clear to me that Frank has a personal connection to this woman and has sided with her, while trying to smear this rich guy, using highly questionable propaganda about his heritage (such as talking about imaginary ‘blood feuds’, even though he’s got no evidence).

    Also, if this Canadian bitch has already spent more money for ‘attorney fees’ than the amount she’s allegedly suing for ($1,000,000) —- then she’s obviously not going broke (as Frank claims) and is likely a rich bitch herself, since nobody spends $1 million in attorney fees if they’re about to go broke.

    Duh, Frank. Get a clue.

    Frank is therefore being used as a pawn in this ‘propaganda scheme’ by this Canadian bitch.

    Or maybe he’s knowingly trying to sway public opinion without facts, as a favor to this bitch, cuz maybe he has a personal connection to her that he’s not disclosing to us?

    Frank’s details about the possible ‘blood feud’ are so baseless (so lacking in evidence) that I can’t believe they were written by a real journalist. That’s what kids with big imaginations might write.

    Here’s my personal opinion…

    Who gives a shit about $1 million dollars being fought over by two wealthy families (yes, she is wealthier than Frank claims if she spent over $1 million for attorney fees).

    Besides, she’s getting her fair day in court — so WHAT THE FUCK is Frank complaining about?

    The court system will determine who deserves that money. If the rich guy fucked up, he’ll pay for it. If not, he won’t. …And the media will be there to cover this story after the final judgement comes in. Case will be closed after that.

    I’m not sure what Frank is trying to accomplish by posting this off-topic bullshit about Canadian ‘blood feuds’ with no real evidence, other than ‘gossip’ from a Canadian bitch which doesn’t seem to be backed up with evidence.

    If we’re gonna go off-topic, I’d rather talk about Kung-Flu statistics that are misrepresented. That would be far more interesting.

    I’d rather talk about Society of Protectors since that is relevant to NXIVM, but Frank has gone ‘dark’ on that topic.

    I’d rather have Frank investigate other first line slaves and report where they are today and what they’re doing, like Monica Duran and all those other gals from Mexico. But Frank has gone ‘dark’ on that topic too.

    Frank’s gone ‘dark’ on everything related to the remnants of NXIVM, likely because he’s now buddies with Marc Elliot after talking to him on some podcast.

    Instead, Frank would rather bore us with a lawsuit between 2 rich families from Canada — likely because he’s got a personal connection to this Canadian bitch.

    Shame on Frank.

    What’s my recommendation for Frank to redeem his honor? You guessed it, SEPPUKU.

    • Why are you delaying approval of my post above?

      You asshole. You always do this.

      I know it’s you, Claviger, who refuses to approve my posts on time. Stop hiding.

      Frank wouldn’t delay approving my post (he’ll only delay approval of a post that’s worthy of its own article, but this post is NOT one of those).

      Thus, there’s no reason to delay approving this post.

      It doesn’t break any FrankReport rules, you fucken old geezer.

      You’re a flaming liberal and one of the biggest wussies I’ve ever encountered.

      I have no doubt that, during the 1950’s, back when you were still in high school, you probably got your ass kicked once per month cuz you wouldn’t stand up for yourself like a total pussy.

      I have no clue why Frank would give you ‘moderation’ powers —– since you seem to lack the ‘ability’ to determine when my posts break the rules and when they don’t. In other words, you’re not much of a moderator.

      You’re more like a little baby moderator, who lacks the ability to actually moderate.

      I will pray to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that you acquire new lumps in your butt before summer ends. So go and get a butt checkup asap. You can always improve the world before that, if you wish, by performing Seppuku and restoring your honor.

      Have a good day. 🙂

  • Why doesnt Frank Report cover his buddy Roger Stone’s new federal tax indictment. Stone hid money from the government and did so using a method that was never going to work. Just like Raniere, both born criminals.

  • https://twitter.com/SultanOfSix/status/1383005216488964096

    Haroon, you are far to old [redacted] to say “brah”. [redacted]

    And you have no answer for Pakistanki and Muslim bigotry shown in the OP comment.

    You accept it, agree with it and brought up “inferior races” so not to acknowledge what was said.

    Why are you creatures so intolerant?

    Seeing as you are so bigoted, White people, [redacted] have every right to say what they want about you. You are all the things White liberals claim to be against, but at the same time, you know full well you are protected from criticism, while White people are presented as worse than pakistankis.

    Do you like that?

    [redacted]
    Have you got over how Kristin Kreuk “tricked” you with “those words”…?😁😉

  • That’s what he is. OK OK OK, already I get this guy took the money and you can tell he’s guilty. He didn’t need the money? What about the blank checks? And how do you know it’s only a million? That’s all they can prove. A forensic accountant is needed.

  • I have some very grave doubts about this ghastly character Mr. Marshaal. I know a little about this community and the prominent people like him. This story has a ring or truth to it. I look forward to reading the next installment.

  • Nicki Clyne and NXIVM have become religious

    nickiclyne
    2 Corinthians 4:16-18

    So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CNvF2COJJeC/

    • No—She’s just mindlessly proving how nothing is sacred to her—except perhaps the godless chubster—our father who art in prison Raniere be thy name. Preparing for an eternal weight beyond comparison?—an eternal wait for sure and that’s kind of glorious in ways both seen and unseen. Ah well, Free Grace is for all.

      How consoling would this exacting blessing be to her?—May you get everything you have given in this life—nothing more, nothing less.

    • LOL at Nicki Lyin’ quoting the Bible and using a picture of Jesus. The same woman who was in a polyamorous relationship with her master for several years, who deceived people about DOS for him, and who was ready to perform group oral fellatio on him in Mexico before he was arrested by its authorities. These dead-enders want to play people for fools.

    • Here Clare fainted in court, but Nicki faints snot? They told it in the bible so it muss’ be so? Yuck yuck.

      So fine. Nicki faints snot. What does that do for her or for anybody else, exactly?

      How come this isn’t Canada’s problem? Is Canada all out of Kleenex?

      America (the beautiful) already has its hands full with Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen and that sea hag with multiple confiscated passports, Ghislaine Maxwell. Plus we have Raniere’s unsentenced groupies, all terribly constipated from their years in ankle monitors. So far unattended, but maybe they can all hire Suneel Chakravorty part-time.

      Canada, it is about time to display some independence. That will never happen if every time you have a case of denial like Nicki or the Bieber, or God forbid, DRAKE, all that you do is say. “Look out below.” Sheesh.

      Where’s all of the “Come on baby, light my fire” adventurous passion? Summer is coming. Huh?

      I shall keep my weekend free, as ever. After all, he’s Ethiopian.

      • Shivani,
        You reminded me of my favorite quote from a Canadian politician, John G. Diefenbaker.
        In 1968 Pierre Trudeau was elected Prime Minister of Canada.
        Diefenbaker’s acidic response is a classic.

        “In Pierre Trudeau, Canada has finally produced a Prime Minister worthy of assassination.”
        John Diefenbaker
        John Diefenbaker Quotes
        https://www.azquotes.com/author/21356-John_Diefenbaker

        Maybe Nicki Clyne will give Canada a sex scandal worthy of the National Enquirer.

  • Frank has the unique ability to reveal creepy people.

    I find it interesting that when people describe others (if they are wealthy), they usually always begin the description with “they are rich” and begin to explain their accomplishments, as if this is the main attribute or identifier. My reaction to the adjective is that if that’s their main descriptor, they must be an ass hat. i.e.: Mark Cuban is most likely an asshole, not a good friend and his wealth is always at the forefront.

    I’d take a low-key friend over any of these wealthy people.

    Thanks greatly for entertaining this thought.

  • Looks like Shivani and Nancy have to deal with a third lady vying for Frank’s heart…
    I bet Rhonda and Frank met at a Meetup Group for singles who’ve been swindled out of an M.

    • While your subconscious, at 8:13 am, along with your merry morning woodie, belong to you, and to you alone, it must be time to admit the truth.

      Frank and I are both earth signs, as were his parents. Frank would be my cousin, my primo. He is my platonic, wild mustketeer cousin, or perhaps not.

      This is the only way that either of us, Mr. Parlato or I, could ever remain faithful, by maintaining devout philia or even agape. Hahaha.

      Frank has a job to do here. I only vacation. That is a decision best kept, a promise made to the self as a surprised yet meditative and adventurous teenager. Frank does not even want to retire, and I retired 55 years ago and so far, this has been so good.

      Clav at least flirts occasionally. But that is only because spring is everywhere. Plus he and I are very bi-coastal heterosexuals.

      Mint candy fingernail polish and reading the Cuban coffee grounds swirling up my Lady Godiva cup in an incredible design is blowing me away. It takes nothing to blow me away. Everything and Nothing. So, by gum, I am far too delicate for Frank. He could kill me with one of his forearms, never mind if he has any firearms. He is primo, though. Highly primo.

      • Ah, Shivani – when you recently revealed you were of Irish heritage, I immediately put my current abode up for sale – and began to divest of many of my worldly goods so that I could return to the Left Coast with few encumbrances. And now I find out on a Friday night that you are truly smitten with Frank. Now, I shall spend the weekend taking down all my Craigslist postings…

        • Come on Clav. Simps never get the girl. It’s the gun toting dude who writes articles about how many different ways he could kill a Vanguard with his bare hands who attracts the hotties.

          Even though Frank is so clueless about flirting that he thinks he actually has been flirting, his game still plays better than your effeminate, black-and-white movie act. (I rescind my take if Clav is a chick who’s trying to get Shivani to jump sides)

About Frank Parlato

Frank Parlato Investigates

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 featured prominently on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and acted as lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” He was credited in the Starz docuseries, 'Seduced,' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Parlato has 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, which was ironic since many credit Parlato as being one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

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