Nancy Salzman’s Sentencing Memorandum: “The Devil Made Me Do It”

Nancy Salzman

At least now we know why Nancy Salzman and her attorneys wanted to keep her victims – and the general public – from reading her “Sentencing Memorandum”.

Talk about obscene…

Let’s start with this sentence: “How such a path could be taken by an intelligent, talented woman who, until meeting Raniere, had led a scrupulously law-abiding and productive life, is mystifying”.

And though Frank Report readers may find it hard to believe, that sentence was referring to Nancy Salzman AKA The Prefect.

Nancy Salzman AKA The Prefect

Yeah, that same Nancy Salzman who lied about having earned a Bachelor’s Degree.

That same Nancy Salzman who lied about having a Master’s Degree.

That same Nancy Salzman who scammed the Medicaid program by billing for “psychological services” she was not qualified to provide (She submitted her billings through another person who was an eligible Medicaid provider – and kicked back a portion of her Medicaid payments to him).

That same Nancy Salzman who claimed at various times to be a “Psychiatric Nurse” and an “Oncologist Nurse” even though she lacked the requisite training for either of  those positions.

The same Nancy Salzman who also claimed to be a “Licensed Psychologist” even though she never held any such license.

Yeah, that Nancy Salzman…a real paragon of virtue.

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It’s All Keith’s Fault

The rest of Nancy’s12-page  “Sentencing Memorandum” boils down to one phrase: “It’s all Keith’s fault”.

A sketch by MK10ART – of Vanguard and Prefect

Flip Wilson must be rolling over in his grave.

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Flip Wilson

Regardless of which of Nancy’s many dastardly deeds is being discussed, the explanation is always the same: “It’s all Keith’s fault”.

Here are a few examples of why Nancy is blameless – and should be given 2-years of home confinement instead of any prison time:

  • Shortly after she was introduced to Keith, he “offered to help her find solutions to some of the complex problems which she had been hired to solve, including some questions that confronted her in her Con Edison project. Almost immediately they began an intimate physical relationship (initiated by him)”. Conclusion: Nancy wouldn’t have started screwing Keith if he hadn’t asked for it.

 

  • “Thus began a twenty-year relationship characterized by intimidation and abuse”. Conclusion: Nancy would have left Keith long ago, but she was afraid of him.

 

  • “With Nancy, correction also often took the form of gratuitous and public humiliation”. Conclusion: Keith was really, really mean to Nancy – and that’s the reason she was such a bitch to so many members of NXIVM/ESP.

 

  • “In addition, although Nancy did exceptional work to ensure NXIVM’s teachings would be well-received and successful, she was never anything more than a tool for Raniere”. Conclusion: Nancy didn’t really believe that adults having sex with underaged minors was a good idea – but she did a great job of selling that notion throughout NXIVM/ESP and should have received more credit for that work.

 

  • “Like many others, she was forced to diet to meet his ideal of a perfect woman, and no matter how thin she became, she was never thin enough”. Conclusion: If Nancy had been allowed to eat more, she would not have committed all the crimes she did on behalf of NXIVM/ESP.

 

  • After “…she was told without explanation that he would not continue a physical relationship with her…he did not want her to have intimate relationships with others…Nancy’s devotion to Raniere was such that she accepted his orders and has had no romantic relationship for the past twenty years”. Conclusion: If Nancy had been getting laid once in a while, she would have never stashed all that cash in her house – and been the ringleader in bringing in money from Mexico and Canada.  

 

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Even the Crimes Nancy Admitted She Personally Committed Were Keith’s Fault

After pointing out that the crimes Nancy admitted to committing “…occurred well over a decade ago”, her attorneys go on to explain that even way back then, “…she was deeply under Raniere’s influence, and wrongly believed that whatever she did on his behalf was for the greater good”.

mk10 portrait of Nancy Salzman

They then go on to point out that she “lacked the technical ability” to hack into the computers of critics of NXIVM/ESP – which they apparently think should shield her from any punishment for her participation in the NXIVM/ESP racketeering conspiracy.

And they explain Nancy’s pleading to altering the videotapes in the Rick Ross case by pointing out that “Mark Vicente has never faced prosecution for his leadership and the employment of his technical expertise in the commission of this offense” – which is apparently meant to convince the judge that Nancy should not be held accountable for her part in that crime (Note to Nancy’s attorneys: If Nancy wanted an immunity deal like Mark Vicente apparently got, she should have stepped forward once Keith was on the run in Mexico – and gone to the Feds to tell them what was going on behind the scenes in NXIVM/ESP).

Mark Vicente

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Former NXIVM/ESP Students Still Support Nancy

In one of the funnier juxtapositions in this filing, Nancy’s attorneys proudly point out that they have included letters-of-support from 23 “members of the Nxivm community who have encountered Nancy in her role as a teacher and counselor…[and who] sing Nancy’s praises as a communicator, a facilitator of positive change in troubled lives, and an extraordinarily compassionate and effective life coach”.

Referencing those 23 letters – and then mentioning that “approximately 17,000 people have received classes of some sort at Nxivm – may have been the worst strategy I’ve ever seen in a “Sentencing Memorandum”.

How long do you think it will take Judge Garaufis to do the math on this?

Let’s see 23 ÷ 17,000 = .14% or about 1/7 of 1%.

Somehow, that just doesn’t sound like a very impressive “Success Rate” in terms of drumming up letters of support for The Prefect.

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What’s Missing May Be More Important Than What’s in the Document

The “Sentencing Memorandum” itself runs just a couple of lines over 11- pages – which is considerably shorter than similar documents that were filed by her co-defendants.

And unlike the “Sentencing Memorandums” submitted by her daughter, Lauren, and by Allison Mack, Nancy’s “Sentencing Memorandum” lacks any real indication of apology and remorse – and is totally bereft in terms of extolling what Nancy has done to rehabilitate herself in the 3+ years since she was arrested.

My sense is that Nancy’s only real remorse is that she got caught – and that she lost her fancy title, her fancy house, her fancy car, and her $40,000/year clothing allowance (She may also feel a little bad that she didn’t have time to clear out the last $520,000 in cash that she had stashed at her house – but at least she got most of it out before the FBI showed up with search warrants).

Some of the cash that was found at Nancy Salzman’s house.

And my sense is that she couldn’t talk much about her “rehabilitation” because she, in fact, has spent the last 2+ years doing exactly the same thing that she did when she was heading up NXIVM/ESP.

As will likely be detailed as more people come forward, Nancy is still providing therapy services and EMs – and many of her current clients are coming through her prior NXIVM/ESP connections.

And if Judge Garaufis mistakenly doesn’t send her away for several years, I have no doubt that she’ll have NXIVM/ESP fully reconstituted by the end of next year.

Judge Garuafis
Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis

 

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    • StevenJ, September 8, 2021 at 11:53 am

      As a “prefect,” Nancy may expect Garaufis to stand up for her when she enters the courtroom….and bow to her.

      • Yes, Anon, I forgot to mention the bowing. Thanks for correcting me! We don’t want to be disrespectful to Prefect, do we?

  • If Nancy did break her bail conditions, it should have been reported in the sentencing report. Only then Garaufis can consider this in his sentencing. The fact that Ivy says Nancy broke her bail conditions is not something Garaufis can or should consider in his decision.

    • Now that even Garaufis has mentioned that Nancy broke her bail conditions, shouldn’t she be put in prison right now?

      I mean, they don’t impose those conditions for nothing do they?

      If these conditions are broken, there should be consequences, being that in such cases, you lose your freedom.

      So, if Nancy from now on doesn’t cancel her EM appointments, she should be taken into custody immediately.

  • Is there any chance Nancy hopped on the plea bus first and set things up so her daughter could testify and take a lighter sentence?

    Or am I totally out-to-lunch?

  • With court time approaching I feel apprehension. Garaufis has been very uneven in his sentencing of Nxivm. He was vindictive giving Raniere 120 years and yet he let Lauren off with nothing. Mack got 3 years, why didn’t Lauren get something? And, 30 years for Raniere would have been more than he can realistically serve!

    So, I don’t know what to think about Garaufis? Who is this guy? Can he administer justice fairly?

  • BGK:TRP
    F. #2017R01840

    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – X

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

    against – NANCY SALZMAN,
    Defendant.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – X
    FINAL ORDER OF FORFEITURE 18-CR-204 (S-1) (NGG)

    WHEREAS, on or about March 13, 2019, Nancy Salzman (the “defendant”), entered a plea of guilty to Count One of the above-captioned Superseding Indictment, charging a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d);
    WHEREAS, on or about March 3, 2020, this Court entered a Second Amended Consent Preliminary Order of Forfeiture (“Second Amended Preliminary Order”) pursuant to Rule 32.2 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, finding all right, title and interest in:
    (i) The real property located at 8 Hale Drive, Halfmoon, New York 12065, together with its respective buildings, appurtenances, improvements, fixtures, attachments, easements and furnishings;
    (ii) Fifteen thousand six hundred seventy dollars and zero cents ($15,670.00) in United States currency seized on or about March 27, 2018 from 3 Oregon Trail, Waterford, New York 12188;
    (iii) Three hundred ninety thousand one hundred eighty dollars and zero cents ($390,180.00) in United States currency seized on or about March 27, 2018 from 3 Oregon Trail, Waterford, New York 12188;

    (iv) One hundred nine thousand seven hundred twenty-seven dollars and zero cents ($109,727.00) in United States currency seized on or about March 27, 2018 from 3 Oregon Trail, Waterford, New York 12188;
    (v) The real property located at 7 Generals Way, Clifton Park, New York 12065, together with its respective buildings, appurtenances, improvements, fixtures, attachments, easements and furnishings, and all proceeds traceable thereto;
    (vi) The real property located at 455 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205, together with its respective buildings, appurtenances, improvements, fixtures, attachments, easements and furnishings, and all proceeds traceable thereto;
    (vii) The real property located at 457 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205, together with its respective buildings, appurtenances, improvements, fixtures, attachments, easements and furnishings, and all proceeds traceable thereto;
    (viii) The real property located at 447 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205, together with its respective buildings, appurtenances, improvements, fixtures, attachments, easements and furnishings, and all proceeds traceable thereto; (items (vi) through (viii), the “New Karner Road Properties”);
    (ix) First Principles Incorporated, a Delaware corporation associated with FEIN 14-1816403 and Delaware File No. 3002353, and all assets rights thereof, including but not limited to bank accounts and intellectual property rights (hereinafter, “First Principles Incorporated”); and
    (x) One Steinway grand piano located at 3 Oregon Trail, Clifton Park, New York (the “Steinway Piano”)
    (items (i) through (x), collectively hereinafter the “Forfeited Assets”), forfeitable to the United States, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1963(a), as: (a) any interest the person acquired or maintained in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1962; (b) any interest in, security of, claim against or property or contractual right of any kind affording a source of influence over any enterprise which the person has established, operated, controlled, conducted or participated in the conduct of, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1962; (c) any property constituting, or derived from,

    any proceeds which the person obtained, directly or indirectly, from racketeering activity in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1962; and/or (d) substitute assets, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1963(m);
    WHEREAS, legal notice of the forfeiture was published in this district on the official government website, http://www.forfeiture.gov, for thirty (30) consecutive day periods as
    follows: July 25, 2019 through and including August 23, 2019 (ECF No. 796); August 3,

    2019 through and including September 1, 2019 (ECF No. 797); and March 14, 2020, through

    and including April 12, 2020 (ECF No. 898);

    WHEREAS, on or about July 22, 2019, August 13, 2019, and March 10, 2020, the government served via certified mail return receipt, notice to all persons known to the government who might have an interest in the Forfeited Assets. See Certificates of Service, at ECF Nos. 788 and 1081;
    WHEREAS, on or about September 9, 2019, Keith Raniere, by and through his counsel, Paul DerOhannesian, filed a letter asserting a 10% ownership interest in First Principles, Inc. (the “Raniere Claim”) (ECF No. 794);
    WHEREAS, on or about January 17, 2020, the Court entered an Order dismissing the Raniere Claim (ECF No. 840);
    WHEREAS, counsel for Sara Bronfman (also known as “Sara Bronfman- Igtet”) contacted the United States and represented that Sara Bronfman has an interest in the New Karner Road Properties pursuant to the constructive trust doctrine;
    WHEREAS, on or about December 26, 2019, Sara Bronfman, by and through her counsel, J. Bruce Maffeo, Esq., entered into a Stipulation with the United States agreeing to a settlement with respect to the New Karner Road Properties, in full and final satisfaction
    of her claims (the “Bronfman Stipulation”) (ECF No. 823);

    WHEREAS, the Bronfman Stipulation provided the following, in relevant part: (a) the United States Marshals Service shall sell the New Karner Road Properties pursuant to their ordinary procedures; (b) at or following the closing for the sale of one or more of the New Karner Road Properties, Sara Bronfman will receive a payment equal to 20% of the purchase price from the proceeds of such sale; (c) the total amount of payments from the sale of all three New Karner Road Properties shall, however, be capped at
    $200,000.00; and (d) the payment shall be subject to any offset pursuant to the Treasury Offset Program; and
    WHEREAS, apart from Keith Raniere and Sara Bronfman, no other party has filed with the Court any petition or claim in connection with any of the Forfeited Assets and the time to do so under 21 U.S.C. § 853(n)(2) has expired.
    NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND

    DECREED, that pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 1963(a) and 1963(m), and the Second Amended Preliminary Order, all right, title, and interest in the Forfeited Assets are hereby condemned, forfeited, and vested in the United States of America, subject to the terms of the Bronfman Stipulation as to the New Karner Road Properties.
    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the United States Marshals Service, or its duly authorized agents and/or contractors be, and hereby are, directed to dispose of the Forfeited Assets in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the defendant shall fully assist the government in effectuating the surrender and forfeiture of the Forfeited Assets to the United States. The defendant shall take whatever steps are necessary to ensure clear title to the
    Forfeited Assets passes to the United States, including the execution or production of any

    and all documents necessary to effectuate the surrender and forfeiture of the Forfeited Assets to the United States. These documents shall include, but are not limited to, a transfer agreement with respect to the defendant’s interest in First Principles Incorporated, and the production of business records, financial statements, and/or tax returns, at the direction of the United States Marshals Service.
    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the defendant will cooperate and grant access to the United States Marshals Service as necessary to facilitate the seizure and forfeiture of the Steinway Piano.
    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the United States Marshals Service shall sell the New Karner Road Properties pursuant to their ordinary procedures consistent with the terms of the Bronfman Stipulation.
    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York shall retain jurisdiction over this case for the purposes of enforcing the Preliminary Order and this Final Order of Forfeiture and any supplemental orders of forfeiture as may be necessary.
    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court shall enter final judgment of forfeiture to the United States in accordance with the terms of this Final Order of Forfeiture and the Second Amended Preliminary Order, and the Final Order of Forfeiture shall be made part of the defendant’s sentence and included in the judgment of conviction.

    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court shall send by inter-office mail six (6) certified copies of this executed Final Order of Forfeiture to the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, Attn: Senior Law Clerk Elizabeth Valeriane, 271-A Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York 11201.
    Dated: Brooklyn, New York
    , 2021

    SO ORDERED:

    HONORABLE NICHOLAS G. GARAUFIS
    UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

  • U.S. Department of Justice

    United States Attorney Eastern District of New York
    BGK:TRP 271 Cadman Plaza East
    F. #2017R01840 Brooklyn, New York 11201

    September 7, 2021

    By ECF

    The Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis United States District Judge
    Eastern District of New York 225 Cadman Plaza East Brooklyn, New York 11201

    Re: United States v. Nancy Salzman
    Criminal Docket No. 18-204 (S-1) (NGG)

    Dear Judge Garaufis:

    Enclosed please find a proposed Final Order of Forfeiture as to the defendant, Nancy Salzman, in the above-captioned case. The government respectfully requests that the Court “so order” the Final Order of Forfeiture in accordance with Fed. R. Crim. P. 32.2 (b)(4)(A) and (B), that it be orally pronounced as part of the Court’s sentencing of the defendant, and attached to the Judgment of Conviction.
    Thank you for Your Honor’s consideration of this request.
    Respectfully submitted, JACQUELYN M. KASULIS
    Acting United States Attorney

    By: /s/ Tanisha R. Payne Tanisha R. Payne
    Assistant U.S. Attorney 718-254-6358

    Encl. Final Order of Forfeiture
    cc: Counsel of Record (by ECF)

  • BTW, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to click on the link that Clav provided to the Flip Wilson video. OMG, it’s like Flip is channeling Prefect.

  • Daily Mail

    NXIVM sex cult victim who testified against leader Keith Raniere claims she was THREATENED over the phone not to talk about his second-in-command who she claims enabled his abuse.

    Ivy Nevares said the call came from an unknown man last fall, three days after her recorded testimony played in a Brooklyn courtroom.

    According to a letter Nevares later sent to the judge, the caller warned her specifically not to talk about Nancy Salzman.

    Additionally in her letter, Nevares said Raniere sexually assaulted her, writing that Salzman ‘normalized the assault’.

    In July 2018, Salzman was arrested and charged with racketeering conspiracy in relation to the NXIVM cult.

    She pleaded guilty and faces up to 33 to 41 months in prison.

    By SANDRA SALATHE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

    PUBLISHED: 21:25 BST, 7 September 2021 | UPDATED: 22:35 BST, 7 September 2021

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9966387/NIXVM-sex-cult-victim-testified-against-leader-Keith-Raniere-claims-THREATENED.html

    • Ivy’s letter literally laid out what a terrible person Nancy is. It’s no wonder she was threatened.

      A bit of poetic redemption and “last laugh” when you screw over NXIVM’s lead writer that has been a long time coming.

  • After years of teaching there are no victims, empowerment, and everyone is responsible for their own happiness and actions… we get this?

    When even a kindergartener knows you must show remorse for your misdeeds to escape severe punishment… this?

    There is more than meets the eye here. Her strategy is obvious. So transparent. She is trying to demonstrate to the judge she lacks even the basic intelligence of a six-year-old.

  • From Nancy’s sentencing memorandum:

    “Her practice grew, in both raw numbers of clients, and in scope. Because of her background in both nursing and disciplines focused on human performance and potential, she began to receive offers to train staff from large organizations in the upstate New York area in which she lived and worked. She did such work for, among other entities, Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, the New York State Department of Criminal Justice, American Express, Saint Cabrini Nursing Home, and the New York State Department of Health.”

    The New York State Department of Criminal Justice?

    How deep does this rabbit hole go?

  • Nancy said her sick mom is alone. What Nancy fails to mention is that her mom, Lorraine, lives in Cranford NJ – and that Nancy’s sister, Carole Kass, lives about 25 minutes away from Lorraine and sees her mom often. Nancy’s brother-in-law, Steve Kass, is the CEO of Tofutti and works in Cranford NJ, the same town as Nancy’s mom. To say that Nancy’s mom, Lorraine, is “alone” is a big stretch and exaggeration. Lauren and Michelle also frequently go to see grandma. Nancy continues to lie and uses health as an excuse to get sympathy. Nancy, you manipulate everyone and everything all the time. The best service you could have done is not to get your mom and dad and two daughters directly involved as Nxivm members. You’ve done enough damage to 17,000 people without any remorse and even continue NLP and EM after you were caught, but to involve your own mom and dad and daughters? That was sick. If nancy is not in prison, Nxivm will live on with a new name. Nancy will never learn unless she gets prison time.

  • Now that the memorandum has been made public, please publish it on the FR. Although I mostly value KRC’s comments, I prefer to read it myself.

  • Real talk, who on earth is reading this sentencing memorandum, which is 12-pages of “I was manipulated and taken advantage of by this guy,” and then saying to themselves “This is definitely the person I want to pay hundreds of dollars to EM me”? Who is paying her for therapy, and why on earth would anyone even do that?

  • Nancy

    You ask yourself, how you got here? So, is it Keith’s fault or your pride, arrogance, denial of destructive and abusive acts, accumulation of wealth and power that is the real issue? How can anyone be forced to defraud others, hide vast sums of money in their attic, surveil perceived enemies, start frivolous lawsuits against them unless you yourself are seriously disturbed?

    Nxivm prided itself in teaching others not to be victims, to be “at cause”. How can you claim now that you are a victim? How do you expect anyone to believe that unless they are beholden to you?

    You have given anyone involved in personal growth, coaching, nursing, social work and psychology a bad name by inventing fake credentials and making false claims.

  • Nancy Salzman can be questioned under oath by Judge Garaufis, prior to him deciding exactly how to finalize his decision about sentencing her to prison. Salzman is one of the originators of Nxivm along with Raniere, as most who read here know. She has a whole lot of explaining to do. She can fail at executive success again.

    Raniere never even testified while on trial and just tried to serve up a slop bucket full of nonsensical excuses and a vague smattering of vacuous, self-serving justifications to Judge Garaufis, when it came time for the repulsive and hackneyed “Vanguard” to receive his 120 years, plus supervisory probation. So Raniere failed to impress anyone who was not already fooled.

    It’s obvious that Judge Garaufis is aware of Nancy Salzman’s behavior, her twisted words and many of her past, as well as her current, activities. There is a lot that Nancy Salzman can explain. Her possibly theatrical moment in a federal courthouse can be her chance.

    She, the smug Prefect, can try to portray herself as a victim, and it could be her grand finale, a real showdown. Imagine her saying “I have been a victim since 1998.” Ah yes. Sure. Take a bow, Nancy Salzman.

    Judge Garaufis is both an incisive and a genuine professional, and Nancy Salzman is not. Who might Nancy Salzman try to outsmart? Who is still left around whom can she deceive, with her tawdry and ridiculous drivel?

    The only ones still around for Nancy Salzman to lie to with executive successfulness are her fellow Nxivm hangers-on, and a few family member$, and most of them seem to react predictably to Nancy’s threats, her enticements, to clever blackmail schemes and to Nancy’s “hypnotic suggestions.”

    Take a good long look at Madam Salzman, who, quite evidently, has appallingly terrible taste. Even a casual glimpse proves that Nancy does not even understand how to blend her eyeshadow or to fix her hair. Wherein little failings such as these couldn’t be more glaringly obvious, why did she spend her life in command of anyone or anything at all?

    Good heavens, Nancy Salzman has been a Prefect example, a supercilious, dyed-in-the-synthetic-wool-wildebeast, a hopeless amateur, both at criminality and at any attempts at what could only be handicapped self-beautification.

    Will she strut into court this time or will she use a walker like Harvey Weinstein? Will she leave hoosegow toilets clogged with her poop, like Ghislaine Maxwell?

    As we’ve seen, Clare Bronfman certainly blew it, whenever she opened her mouth during her moments in front of Judge Garaufis (and the entire interested assemblages) at the federal court. Clare even fell over, seeming to feign a fainting spell, as if it were something to do with her visual or mental problem with having Michael Avenatti show up in court with one of her “real” attorneys, Mark Geragos. Remember?

    Such unfortunate people, like hyenas,seem to bear one another grudges. Perhaps hearing Nancy Salzman hem and haw and try to deflect her own guiltiness will be a form of ironic entertainment and will get her jack squat. Everybody who is nobody knows Jack Squat.

    For all of Clare Bronfman’s tepid, toxic dramatics, she didn’t even receive a box of Kleenex from the Honorable Judge Nicholas G.Garaufis, but she did receive a very succinct and well-constructed sentence.

    One could estimate that any kind of direct questioning, under oath, of Nancy Salzman could happen with and despite Judge Garaufis already being very alert to Salzman’s dishonesty. A kind of a “put a fork in it” moment, and it could be done and done. For Nancy Salzman could be totally baked.

    Now forget baking and think using more athletic metaphors. For Raniere was a player. Of some kind, yes or no? Let us think about balls for a change.

    At last, Nancy’s highly questionable balls are to be hanging out in a federal court. Coming soon! What a set-up might occur, and this kind of a set-up isn’t merely some volleyball game. Nancy is looking at years behind bars, not some two point margin of victory.

    Perhaps Judge Garaufis enjoys a bit of slang and has heard of the term, pimpmama. It really does seem very apropos as a definition, when looking at who Nancy Salzman was and is. It is a lot better as a description than Prefect.

    At least, I rather enjoy thinking of Nancy Salzman as the head majorette of Raniere’s squad of pimpmamas, the ones who are still alive, anyhow.

    Anyho’ and even by cracky, Nancy has tried to have her cake and eat it, too. She also seems to have hogged down the Hostess cupcakes that might have “belonged” to her two daughters, among others.

    What happened to Kristin (Kris) Snyder? Who hogged her down, never to be seen again?

    And was Nancy Salzman eating cancer pellets for breakfast, along with her schmaltzy Wet Kisses from Raniere? Just wondering, particularly because Keith Raniere preferred young, Mexican spice, as time went by, and Nancy Salzman didn’t, couldn’t make the cut.

    That could’ve been a real slap in her kisser. She got revenge and resorted to dental satisfaction. Now it is almost time for her to make her big down payment. The final countdown. Simply omit the first letter “o” from countdown, and we can have a c*nt down. How very ungroomed. Is there sympathy left for the devil? 👿

    • Because Nancy’s attorneys never asked permission to file her Sentencing Memorandum “under seal”, the document did not get the usual sort of judicial review and scrutiny that is supposed to be part of the process. And because of the tight timeframes, Judge Garaufus just ordered them to file a redacted version of the document by Noon yesterday because he wanted to get the document on the public docket before today’s sentencing.

      At this point, it would likely take a motion from the prosecution – or perhaps a request from the media or an interested third party – to get the letters unsealed. Unless, of course, Judge Garaufis decides to do that on his own.

      Stay tuned. I don’t think the spinning wheel has stopped turning on this issue just yet.

    • Because Nancy’s attorneys never asked permission to file her Sentencing Memorandum “under seal”, the document did not get the usual sort of judicial review and scrutiny that is supposed to be part of the process. And because of the tight timeframes, Judge Garaufus just ordered them to file a redacted version of the document by Noon yesterday because he wanted to get the document on the public docket before today’s sentencing.

      At this point, it would likely take a motion from the prosecution – or perhaps a request from the media or an interested third party – to get the letters unsealed. Unless, of course, Judge Garaufis decides to do that on his own.

      Stay tuned. I don’t think the spinning wheel has stopped turning on this issue just ye

  • Nancy is a failure to all females everywhere. She is the mastermind and had cash hidden all over her house!!! She sold her daughter and others to this sham. This is worse than a Ponzi scheme. Hello, Me Too? This deserves punishment. She tortured people like Toni Natalie and Susan Dones. She is responsible for what happened to so many women, including her own daughter. It has to stop. Now.

  • Claviger-

    Excellent piece!

    Nancy’s act of contrition is utterly ridiculous. She’s as transparent as jellyfish and twice as slimy.

    I am betting the judge sees through this act.

  • Ivy Navares states:

    “Having remained close friends with many ex-NXIVM members, whom I consider very reliable sources, I have also received the following reports of Salzman violating her bail conditions and defrauding others for profit, wherein she reportedly:

    Used a former coach to video-bomb Michel C.’s wedding, attempting to contact high-ranking defectors, including executive board members there. Michel reportedly continues to communicate with and receive EMs and personal coaching from Salzman, claiming the Court gave her special permission to do so.

    Is providing EMs and personal coaching services for at least two prominent Mexican entrepreneurs, charging upwards of $300 per session. One of them is the husband of a former Mexico City proctor who is reportedly running her own coaching business there with Salzman’s help.

    Is making six figures coaching high-profile clients Sara Bronfman has procured for her.”

    For sure, there was plenty of action at Nan’s new place a/k/a The New Apropos with plenty of the same players who used to hang out in the Rome Plaza parking lot and offices. The cars are not as prominently on display though. It has been a blatant disregard for the conditions of her home confinement regarding no contact with Nxivm members.

  • Wow. Insurance fraud and enough cash in her house to rival a drug dealer?

    What ethics.

    I feel so bad for her kids. I don’t want anybody to have to see their mother go to jail. Especially if she’s been ill. But this was a fully grown woman with enough life experience to have known better than to do what she did.

    I really wish she would speak about the disappearance of Kristen Snyder but have a very sad feeling that nothing more will be revealed.

    I also have a sneaking suspicion that there is more to the story than what’s being told in the public narrative. Hard to say why I feel this way but I don’t think Nancy will ever admit to or disclose anything more than exactly what’s on the table right now.

    Birds of a feather flock together.

    Keith was super interested in mind control and human slavery.

    Nothing will convince me this woman held on for 20 years because she didn’t believe in this sick stuff, too.

  • Looks like Nancy drew the short straw when it came to getting attorneys.

    was she thinking with the 2 plus years she has had to get her shit together for this sentencing?

    • She was apparently too busy making money – and violating her bail conditions – to focus on silly things like remorse and rehabilitation. Maybe you didn’t know, but she’s The Prefect.

  • Klav
    You’ve done your part highlighting the abuses of ESP/Nxivm ringleader, Nancy Salzman. It is time for the Judge Garaufis to do his. I don’t think a sentence should be vindictive but I do believe it should be appropriate to the crimes committed. I think the Judge should consider going above the guidelines suggested by the prosecution.

    • I think Nancy should get at least 5 years – and, hopefully, closer to 10. I also think the final outcome may depend on who shows up tomorrow to speak – and what they have to say.

      One big question is “Will any of Nancy’s 23 NXIVM/ESP letter-writers show up in person to show their support for their Prefect?”. Another is “Who is the 7th ‘family member’ who wrote a letter on her behalf?”

        • As far as we know, nine Victim Impact Statements were filed with Judge Garaufis. In addition, there will be several victims who will speak at Nancy’s hearing today – and at least one videotaped presentation (One of Nancy’s victims who is rumored to be speaking at today’s hearing could have a significant impact on whether Nancy goes to prison – and, if so, how long she’s incarcerated).

          The real show stopper, however, will likely be Nancy herself. Because what she says – and what she doesn’t say – will be unusually important in terms of her future.

        • Nancy’s former *neighbor posted on Frank Report, and said Nancy and he exchanged “looks”; he also said he’d [redacted] bareback and barefoot.

          *Rumor has it Nut Job lived next to Nancy. Correlation does not prove coitus, but it is suspicious….

      • Klaviger I can answer that second question for you.

        It was Ben and Michelle’s newborn baby boy. Due to the teachings of Prefect, they were able to pass on her wisdom while it was still in the womb. When born, it accelerated through the Rainbow Cultural Gardens, learning to speak in full sentences, in all seven languages no less, by the age of one day. He mastered high school math in less than an hour. So writing a letter to the judge was no problem for the avatar baby.

        And from what I understand, he has told the judge he is looking forward to being molested as a child by Prefect and hopes she gets out of prison early enough to do so.

    • Elizabeth Holmes, the Theranos fraudster, goes on trial today. Her defense is “my boyfriend made me do it.”

      Is this to become the universal defense for female perpetrators? “I’m a victim”? It’s time to nip this bullshit in the bud. This foul fruit of the Me Too movement cannot be allowed to contaminate the justice system.

      I believe in equal rights for women and equal treatment under the law. Equal treatment does not mean special treatment.

      “A man made me do it” should not be a viable defense.

      In the pages of the Frank Report, I saw a lot of sympathy for the victimhood excuse. “But she’s a victim too!” Particularly for the more attractive felons of the Nxivm criminal racket. And these sympathetic posts used some of the very same arguments Nancy’s lawyers are using.

      These women were manipulated. They were calorie-restricted. They wanted to have Keith’s baby.

      They were victims.

      So my question is, if Allison Mack (“I was misled”) was a victim, why not Nancy Salzman?

      It’s a BS defense and the courts should set a clear and definitive precedent against it. People bear sole and full responsibility for their own actions. All people.

  • This lady is as big a narcissist and liar as her wonderful partner, Keith. I’m sure the judge will see right through this. Absolutely no remorse or rehabilitation to be seen. He will rule harshly against her because of this.

  • So the lesson she learned from those that were sentenced before her ..was to blame Keith and nothing else!? Her big brain at work once again. Wow, what a moron.

    The judge’s requirements, proved beyond doubt by her daughter, were pretty straightforward to get a lesser sentence:

    1) Recognize your mistakes and illegal and/or immoral behavior (aka confess).
    2) Show remorse for your mistakes and illegal and/or immoral behavior (aka apologize).
    3) Condemn Keith Raniere and NXIVM.
    4) Show how you have used the time since you were arrested to create a new life separate and unrelated to NXIVM and Keith (aka rehabilitation).
    5) Hope victims don’t speak against you via letter or in person.

    This is, especially for an upper-class white woman, pretty easy stuff to do. Step 1 and 2 are pretty straightforward stuff. Kids learn to do this. The hard part is doing it in detail in a way that doesn’t simultaneously anger the judge by reminding him of all the crap you did. Its detail without the excruciating details. Step 3 is also simple to do in a written statement. Step 4 should have been too but I guess she thinks being ill would do most of the heavy lifting for her here but I doubt it. At the very least, she could have made a pass at charity work to show she did something new and non-NXIVM like. Step 5 is out of her control but effective execution of steps 1 through 4 would at least mitigate it and maybe get a few to change their mind about showing up or submitting a written statement.

    Between her bad memorandum, that her victims plan on submitting statements and likely a few will show up to speak against her, I don’t see how she doesn’t avoid spending at least half her 70s in jail. Mack’s write-up for leniency at least hit all the above and she still got some years. Her daughter avoided it for hitting all the above AND not have victims really make a meaningful effort to speak against her. At least now we know why this was attempted to be hidden – her lawyers were embarrassed to have to submit this. They know what it should have been and their client refused to allow them to do it properly.

    Not saying you should 100% trust your lawyer (because you shouldn’t, they will take shortcuts and screw you if you let them), but for the obvious stuff, you are paying them for their expertise and should listen to it. Seems Nancy’s ego wouldn’t let her.

    • I think it was probably her own ego that wanted to file the document under seal. I don’t think it was her lawyers who said she should. She never thought any rules applied to her and she thought nobody would notice over Labor Day weekend

  • “It’s all Keith’s fault.” Wasn’t it???

    Was she not supposed to state the obvious?

    Can’t “it’s all Keith’s fault” be pretty much accurate, AND Nancy do bad shit? She’s already pled guilty – not like she’s saying “I didn’t do it.”

    Clav’s “conclusions” are funny and all, but the statements he’s making light of all seem accurate and fit Keith’s pattern of behavior towards his females.

    Usually, the answer is somewhere in the middle. Pardon me for not going all-in on one side or the other. I’ll leave that up to everyone else. I’ll say this – those who think Nancy is anywhere near being on par with Keith are wrong.

    • Reminds me of Henderson breaking the SB record. “Yeah Rick, you may be the greatest of all time, but YOU CAN’T SAY IT!!! Just humbly talk about how good Brock was.”

      Erasend is probably right and Nancy should have stayed on script, but she’s not wrong and the judge isn’t stupid.

    • You really think that? She had no say for 20 years at any point? I guess all of us missed the chains that were preventing her from running away and having her own mind. Can I have her jail of owning multiple houses and having millions of dollars?

      But let’s just say you are right. She was a zombie slave with no ability to do, think or act on her own. Here is the thing – she is asking for mercy from the court. It’s pretty much 101 when asking for mercy to admit culpability and apologize. You don’t have to mean it, just have to give the illusion you do. Just think how you reacted as a kid when your parents busted you red-handed doing something wrong and you tried to wiggle out of it. It’s basically the same principle.

      No way to spin it, her statement of asking for mercy via a blame game is dumb as f@#$.

      • Here’s what I do know:
        – Nancy was well respected and successful pre-Keith. The current FR spin that Nancy was a fraud and scam artist is mostly untrue. The spin is an exaggeration. NLP was THE SHIT during the late 80s and 90s. Nancy learned from one of the co-founders and was a master NLP practitioner.
        She got results and her list of impressive corporate clientele are proof.

        – Nancy very publicly told people that Keith was a psychopath and she never wanted to see him again because she was scared of him. Weeks later, he was her guru and she was going into business with him.

        – As he did to everyone else, Keith compartmentalized major things and kept Nancy in the dark.

        – Nancy saw, almost out of the gate, how Keith refused to let Toni Natalie leave him. Nancy knew that if she, Prefect, ever split with Keith, she would be in store for what Toni received and probably more.

        – Nancy’s daughter got targeted and became attached at Keith’s hip. For Nancy to leave Keith, she would need to say good-bye to Lauren.

        – As Ivy did, Nancy worked her ass off. She put together the NXIVM curriculum and trained the trainers. Keith kept her very busy and out of his way.

        Here’s what I don’t know:
        – How much Keith compartmentalized Nancy out of illegal shit.

        – Nancy’s IQ.

        – If getting Nancy to buy into the taxes B.S. and putting her in charge of all the cash, was another of Keith’s ploys to ensure she couldn’t leave her Prefect role.

        – If EMs were evil, or helped, or were more complicated than a simple good/bad label.

        – Why Nancy didn’t see how fucked up in the head Keith was when he insanely targeted Toni. Rather than leaving Keith when she saw his deranged actions, she enabled him.

  • So Clavinger,

    When are you going to cover obtaining the court videos like we talked about awhile back?…….. I’m still waiting!

    • Sorry…Just been busy of late – but I do have a sticky-note on my computer screen to remind me to get to this topic when I have some time.

      I’m actually very curious about the security footage issue that you have asked about in courtrooms. And were it up to me, all courtroom proceedings would be broadcast or at least posted on YouTube or some other social media platform.

      • Amen! Couldn’t agree more! I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for you to discuss this! Our Government OWES THIS to our Country! I wonder if you can apply to get it all or something?!

        Just look at all the other accused infamous criminals, kidnappers, murderers, rapists, sexual abusers, etc. that their court videos were almost instantly shown to the public!

        People like Charles Manson, Casey Anthony, Larry Nassar, Drake Bell, Ariel Castro, Michael Jackson, and many other celebrities and/or criminals, etc! There are even not just court cameras that released, but also pre-trial interrogation tapes. People like Israel Keyes and Nikolas Cruz! And don’t even get me started about appeal court videos!

        This is very weird how suspiciously stingy the government is acting about this particular case when they are OBLIGATED to be transparent about all of this! We should be able to FULLY watch their behavior and reactions to everything going on so that we can see if they are truly remorseful as well as for many other studying reasons that cannot be completely captured in mere court transcripts alone to hold the courts accountable for the sake of the safety of society and if they’re doing a good job about it and how they carried themselves professionally

        Especially since it is even commonly known that there are MANY THINGS that court stenographers DO NOT RECORD! Some of which could be a VITAL KEY TO UNDERSTANDING THINGS THAT ARE OVERLOOKED!

        We are their bosses and supervisors! They are supposed to answer to *We The People*! It makes me believe that they are hiding something from the public by acting like that! This is wrong and sketchy as shit! This needs to be investigated ASAP!

        Godspeed, Bro!

  • It may be Keith’s fault, and hey maybe the Devil did make her do it. Even with genuine repentance, she is still accountable for her actions under the eyes of the law.

    She is trying to portray herself as a victim, but this appears that they only thing she is sorry about is being caught. Certainly not genuine repentance. This just might backfire, in that it may annoy the judge.

  • Nailed it.

    Waiting for tomorrow when we will have our answer on just how many years she gets.

    Funny she didn’t do anything to reform herself but she lies about helping her daughter, Lauren, come to terms with turning herself in and helping her with turning states evidence. Ya right, we believe that Nancy Salzman

About Frank Parlato

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg; “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson; “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been 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.

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