Unsealed Document: Raniere’s Attorney Attacks Parlato

Keith Ranieres super lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, outside the Brooklyn courtroom Monday. [Photo by Dianne Lipson]

Keith Raniere’s attorney, Marc Agnifilo, tried to go after me. He aimed to get Raniere’s search warrants thrown out. Shut down the Frank Report. Have me arrested.

Agnifilo filed it under seal on January 9, 2019.

That was four months before the trial of Raniere. I just got my hands on the document.

He wanted to suppress items seized from Raniere’s Yahoo! email account.

That produced some fruit called Raniere’s texts to Camila.

In Agnifilo’s memorandum, to throw out the government’s search warrants for Raniere’s emails, he names me 50 times. He also claimes the government misled the courts about the goodness that is Keith Raniere.

And he blames me for misleading the court about that prince of a man, the Vanguard.

By Marc Agnifilo

On December 7, 2018, the EDNY turned over a memorandum written by blogger Frank Parlato and actress Catherine Oxenberg that is titled “Criminal Activity involving KR.”

According to Catherine Oxenberg’s book titled Captive, she states that she gave this memorandum to authorities in November of 2017.

Moreover, the properties of the document indicate that Oxenberg last modified the document on November 11, 2017—three weeks before Agent Lever signed the Affidavit.

The January 2018 warrant affidavit contains an additional paragraph in which the agent relies on a blog “that covers Nxivm.”

The Affidavit stated “people present at the Nxivm meeting reported that Mack, Salzman, and another woman, Nikki Clyne, claimed to be the founders of DOS and further stated that Raniere was not involved in DOS.”

The Agent seems to be relying on a blog post “Lauren, Allison and Nicki take responsibility for DOS, at Coaches Summit; ‘Keith had nothing to do with it’, (January 16, 2018.).

Lauren, Allison and Nicki take responsibility for DOS, at Coaches Summit; ‘Keith had nothing to do with it’

This is a striking addition to the Affidavit because not only is it the only substantial change, but it also relies on a blog that is (1) written by a defendant indicted with 19 felonies in the Western District of New York, and (2) the writer was not actually at the meeting on which it reported. The post simply attributes its post to ‘sources.’

This blogger is the same gentleman who claims to have law enforcement sources, including Richard Donoghue, the United States Attorney of the EDNY, himself.

Richard Donoghue, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

The Affidavit conveys to the Court that this blog is something on which the Court should rely in concluding that probable cause exists for a search. However, the Affidavit fails to inform the Court of the essential nature of the blog and its author: that the blogger is under indictment, that the blogger had been indicted for stealing $1 million from [Clare]Bronfman and that the professed goal of the blogger was to bring disrepute to Raniere.

Following the indictment in this case, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York superseded the indictment against Parlato, removing the charges related to Bronfman but maintaining the eighteen other fraud charges against him.

Notably, the Affidavit in support of a warrant to search and seize Bronfman, Marianna Fernandez and Pamela Cafritz’s email accounts signed two months later also include this language relying on this blog.

It touts the reliability of the blog.

On or about February 18, 2018, citing “numerous” local sources, the blog reported that Raniere may have left Monterrey and may now be living in the coastal town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The blog has previously had accurate information regarding Raniere’s whereabouts.

These are clearly material factors of which the Court signing the warrant should have been clearly told.

To sustain the critical protective role of search warrants, courts must ensure that the representations of affiants are made in good faith.

As demonstrated in the affirmation, at the time that all three search warrants were sought (from December 2017 to October 2018), the Government acted with reckless disregard for the truth concerning ….

[Based on] its reliance on double hearsay statements from a federally indicted blogger…. the Government relies on a blog in its Affidavit to show probable cause.

As this Court is well aware now, this blog pokes endless fun at Raniere and is dedicated to Raniere’s demise.

Even more astonishing is that this blog’s creator and author is an indicted defendant in the Western District of New York. Although the Government maintains to this Court it has never spoken to the blog’s author it somehow still finds him credible enough to cite in an affidavit to search and seize.

The anti-NXIVM press is associated with a prolific blogger named Frank Parlato, who is currently under indictment in the Western District of New York in an 18-count fraud case that spans over ten years—from mid-2006 to 2017….

Parlato claims to know “key law enforcement strategies” as well as the investigative decisions of the United States Attorney, Richard Donoghue (whom Parlato explicitly names), himself.

Parlato strongly suggests that he is aware of such information from law enforcement sources. He often posts that he has inside information that certain persons whom he names publicly are about to be indicted in this case.

Sometimes, Parlato’s “prophesies” about who will be indicted end up being correct. Sometimes, they do not end up being correct, leaving the person named to suffer massive business and reputational damage.

Regardless of whether Parlato actually has inside law enforcement sources, he is not acting as a legitimate media outlet.

Rather, as he has stated to many internet outlets who inconspicuously credit him, he is an active antagonist who has admitted publicly that he is obsessed with ruining Keith Raniere and others supportive of ESP/NXIVM….

See VICE News: The Man Who Blew the Whistle On Alleged Sex Cult Inside NXIVM
(HBO published May 17, 2018).

Parlato states that,

“I sharpened my axe” and that “part of my strategy was to mock Raniere. I photoshopped images of him, I wrote-I wrote fictional stories about him, just to make him look ridiculous, because sometimes that’s…necessary, too.”

 

John Tighe

Parlato, unsurprisingly, falsely reported his confederate John Tighe had been framed with regard to the child pornography on his computer.

Parlato’s defense of Tighe proved to be inaccurate as Tighe readily admitted his guilt during his plea allocution and accepted full responsibility for possessing child pornography, stating there was no one to blame but himself.

Rethinking John Tighe: Ailing blogger; a fierce critic of Raniere, imprisoned after child porn ‘found’ on seized computer

It is also not the least bit surprising that the day after the NXIVM system was accessed nearly 60 times by Jennifer Kobelt and Sarah Edmondson, Frank Parlato posted his first story on his recounting of DOS.

Frank Parlato, Part 1: Branded Slaves and Master Raniere; Sources: Human branding
part of Raniere-inspired women’s group, FRANK REPORT (Jun. 5, 2017),

Part 1: Branded Slaves and Master Raniere; Sources: Human branding part of Raniere-inspired women’s group

Specifically, he writes that his “report has been developed from information provided from sources” he chose not to name.

Parlato’s Purported Connection to Law Enforcement Sources in This Case

Frank Parlato runs three websites–“The Frank Report,” “Art Voice” and “The Niagra Falls Reporter,” all devoted to publishing negative information, regardless of its truth, about anyone favorably disposed to Mr. Raniere or NXIVM.

He routinely states that he has high-level sources and intimates that his sources are members of law enforcement involved in this case.

The following are just a few examples:

• On August 19, 2018, he wrote, “according to sources, the FBI investigation into NXIVM is reportedly not over, and the latest superseding indictment is not to be the last.”

As written, this is something that Parlato can only “know” through law enforcement sources. After all, it would be highly improper for the U.S. Attorney to inform witnesses of who it intends to indict. Yet, Parlato purports to have precisely this type of information, suggesting, as he says, that he has sources in law enforcement.

See Frank Parlato, Misc. notes and info picked up from various sources on NXIVM,
(August 19, 2018)

Misc. notes and info picked up from various sources on NXIVM

Frank Parlato, It’s not over: Emiliano Salinas is FBI target now!, FRANK REPORT (July 29, 2018)

It’s not over: Emiliano Salinas is FBI target now!

 

Frank Parlato, Son of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas reportedly under FBI
investigation for role in sex-slaver cult that branded women, FRANK REPORT (April 16,
2018),

Son of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas reportedly under FBI investigation for role in sex-slaver cult that branded women

Frank Parlato, Times Union Breaking News, “NXIVM co-founder Keith Raniere charged
in federal complaint, FRANK REPORT (March 26, 2018),

Times Union Breaking News, “NXIVM co-founder Keith Raniere charged in federal complaint”

Frank Parlato, Vanguard Week starts tomorrow – but Silver Bay doesn’t seem to be
hosting 10 day celebration, FRANK REPORT (August 19, 2018),

Vanguard Week starts tomorrow – but Silver Bay doesn’t seem to be hosting 10 day celebration

On July 29, 2018, Parlato wrote, “Sources tell me that US Attorney in the Eastern District, Richard P. Donoghue, has ordered his office to further investigate (a named person) and that additional federal resources have been made available for that part of the case.”

Absent law enforcement sources, Parlato cannot possibly know what the United States Attorney has ordered his office to investigate or how federal resources are allocated.

On July 18, 2018, Parlato wrote “there is much I cannot share with you at this time. I trust that most of you will be able to read between the lines.”

He then went on to surmise about the timing of the Superseding Indictment, intimating he had inside information from sources that he did not want to share with the reader.

On July 13, 2018, Parlato wrote “there is some information I have to withhold to protect my sources. But, just to give readers a hint – and without giving away any key law enforcement strategies, which are being leaked to me on a regular basis…I can assure you from reports of at least three knowledgeable sources – this is going to be huge.”

[Eleven days later Clare Bronfman, Lauren and Nancy Salzman and Kathy Russel were arrested.]

Parlato here claims to know “key law enforcement strategies” which are “being leaked on a regular basis.”

Frank Parlato, It’s not over: Emiliano Salinas is FBI target now!, FRANK REPORT (Jul.
29, 2018),

Update on FBI Investigation into Bronfman-Raniere crime organization: Emiliano Salinas is major target

Frank Parlato, Noose tightening for NXIVM members – feds in Knox Woods
neighborhood against today – and more coming as indictments near, FRANK REPORT (Jul
13. 2018),

Noose tightening for NXIVM members – feds in Knox Woods neighborhood again today – and more coming as indictments near

Furthermore, and perhaps most troubling, is that Parlato, even as recently as last weekend, posted the names, whereabouts and photos of those who he believes still remain clients and/or leaders of NXIVM.

The top 150 plus remaining High Rank of NXIVM revealed

If the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York was not already aware that Parlato, an indicted defendant in another federal district, has repeatedly suggested that he has law enforcement sources regularly leaking information to him in this case, it is now on clear notice. The Government is also on notice that these posts are, in defense counsel’s view, obstructing justice, in part, because they purport to be based on inside source.

Upon our information and belief, this information was given to Parlato by those who misappropriated and stole NXIVM’s client files.

These postings are not the normal operation of media outlets covering a case.

Rather, they are specifically aimed at scaring potential defense witnesses and bond cosigners.

After all, hard-working, honest, innocent people considering whether to co-sign a bond for their long-time friend, Keith Raniere, are placed in an impossible position.

On the one hand, they can take Parlato at his word, which is that he is the recipient of a steady stream of law enforcement leaks, with law enforcement knowing all the while that its leaked information is being published to the considerable detriment of people who have not been charged with any crime.

On the other hand, people can view Parlato as someone posing as the recipient of law enforcement leaks as a way of giving his posting greater credibility. In either event, however, a co-signer can expect that he or she will be targeted by Parlato, who will publish that law enforcement informs him that such person is being investigated or is about to be charged with a crime. This is a brutally unfair and highly unusual situation that calls out for a remedy.

AUSA Tanya Hajjar responded to Agnifilo

AUSA Tanya Hajjar said:

I do just want to clarify, Mr. Agnifilo stated that he thought that Government leaks to this particular blogger was a farfetched idea. It is not just farfetched, it is false. The Government has said it is false. I believe even the blogger has responded to defense counsel’s letter and said that he has never spoken to anyone in the Government and he has never gotten information from the Government. 

Frank Parlato

For my part and for the record, I did not mind Agnifilo taking a shot at me. He was representing his client. I’m not offended in the slightest. Under the circumstances, Agnifilo did the best he could, given the man he had to represent.

Marc Agnifilo leaves court after a grueling day of testimony in the trial of Keith Raniere

During an interview with me after the conviction and three days before the sentencing of Raniere, Agnifilo said this to me.

“I have nothing but deep respect for you, I truly do. And I think every journalist in America tries to do what you’ve done, which is to have a vision of a situation, bring it into the world, and then bring about realities to follow your reporting. And you did that. And, you know, I have deep respect for what you’ve done and how you’ve done it.”

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  • Frank
    This is Tammy- I sent you a shocking email that YOU haven’t responded to- thought you would be too stunned for words
    Tammy Lynne

  • Frank,

    Suneel was ordered to turn over the collateral in the civil case on June 21st, I believe.

    Did Suneel turn it over to the court and defendants?

    And why no post about that – it’s pretty important in the civil case.

    • I have not been following it too closely. It is on the docket. I do not see it as important. I believe he turned over the redacted photos.

      • It’s definitely important to the women whose photos of explicit sexual poses are being passed around as well as the child who was in the photos of child pronography. This is a b******* excuse you have reported on the most fringy most unimportant parts of this cult and have always Justified it by saying that all of it is of Interest. Where the collateral is? who has ever seen it ? and the related issues and circumstances has been one of the top questions from the very beginning of this case. Is it because you yourself saw the Contraband collateral? Is that why you don’t want to report on this one topic when you will report on if Allison and getting a blister on her foot if you find a story on the interwebs about it?

      • I disagree. I think it is very interesting for a lot of your readers.

        For instance:

        How many photos did he turn over?

        Were they only photos of the defendants or did he turn over all of the collateral?

        How did he get possession of the collateral?

        Did he give the collateral to someone else?

        Did he show the collateral to anyone?

        If you give me more time, I could probably come up with another 20 more questions.

        I think you are not covering it because it harms your agenda and it harms Sineel’s agenda.

        It the same as when you never covered Cunha’s admission of mental illness to the court?

        C’mon Frank. You cannot consider yourself a serious journalist when you only push your narrative down peoples’ throats.

        • Please come up with the 20 questions and I will submit it to Suneel and if he answers, I will publish it.

          • Why wouldn’t Suneel answer?

            And why won’t Suneel explain the burner phones and Isaac Edwards alias?

            If it’s all about telling the truth and transparency, Suneel should clear it all up.

          • But you already know all the answers, Frank, at least to the questions I just posed.

            You’re close to Suneel. You just wrote a bunch of bullshit with him that you expect your readers to believe.

            We all know you were shown the collateral. So just answer the questions.

          • I was more than shown the collateral. It was leaked to me. I gave it to an attorney with the express instructions to give it to the DOJ. That was in 2017.

            Since that time, I saw one redacted photo of an adult Camila – taken during her time in DOS. It was redacted which means blurred out for her privacy. I looked at it for maybe 15 seconds. I did not possess it. I never saw it again.

            It is my opinion that the fact that you cannot see her scar means nothing. I said so then and I say so now.

            As far as my report with Suneel, maybe you’re right. It may be bullshit. You’re prescient. I am not. So I will have to wait until it is published in full to ascertain what non-prescient people will conclude.

            I do not know if the FBI tampered or not. Or if anyone else did. I think the report should show whether it is worth further explanation.

          • Frank you have said before that you saw one redacted photo of an adult Camila and now you’re saying that it was viewed for 15 seconds and you never possessed it. What form was it in? Did you look at it on a computer screen? On a phone? Was it printed out and shown to you and then quickly whisked away? Your explanations raise more questions than they answer.

          • It was printed out. I looked at it and said it has little value. It was not whisked away. I never even handled it. It was part of my investigation into FBI tampering. I did not see the value of a stray photo of an adult Camila without a scar as bearing much on the tampering issue.

  • If Lauren, Allison, and Nikki took responsibility… why did Lauren and Nikki get nothing? deal or no deal…they got nothing.

  • I think the guy Parlato caused an innocent man to go to prison. I think Parlato is an example of how a decent gentle and ethical man became a victim of the system.

  • Frank, you are a true investigative journalist. No one wants to do investigative journalism anymore, to avoid the shit you’ve been put through. 60 minutes isn’t even there anymore.

    I’m sure your journey was hell, but only those who can carry the Cross are given that task.

    • The task has just begun. And part of it is to endure the knaves and cowards and the corruption of powder. Thanks for your seeing how this comes with a price.

      • Because I’ve been there in a parallel universe. I’m still spied on. They took photos of my kid playing on the front lawn, my dog, and sent them to me with horrible messages.

        And no, they weren’t thugs. Thugs may have been hired, but , well, put it this way: step on the wrong toes to disclose fraud, and the powers that be rake roughshod over you.

  • IDK, Frank, if you were bluffing as “Aggie” alleged (to quote the vanity plate he’s got on his car that was among those I ‘spied’ in my photo journaling counter pursuits when me and my son were most obviously, definitely being followed and harassed in 2018 – 2019 during and after your LA stay with us) or not about your law enforcement connections, but I was absolutely convinced you had them, that you were working with the FBI directly and with Catherine Oxenberg, who also claimed to be doing so every time I met with her alone or in your company.

    Hard to tell the good guys from the bad, sometimes, but why don’t you say so herein if Aggie’s “attack” is false, if you did or were relying on bona fide law enforcement sources as you (and Catherine) did convince us all of at the time?

    I also recall how quizzically admiring and respectful you were of Agnifilio, as if you might wish to someday step into his shoes and ultimately, traitorously DID as the NX leftovers de facto publicist of late.

    Sigh. Sorry but at the end of the day, I do think you’re koo-koo, Frank, and, if so, an insanity plea might be an appropriate option for you at this juncture.

    Take. The. Plea deal.

    Why not roll on Stone?!

    • By Aggie, I presume you mean Marc. I have never seen his car. So you think everyone is spying on you. But why? Why do they need to spy on you? What do you know that would make anyone bother? Who was following and harassing you? What would they have to gain?

      The NXIVM people, Raniere and Bronfman had way more serious enemies than you. You were not even on their radar.

      if anybody spied on you, I would look closer to home.

      I never once spoke to the FBI on the Raniere case. I wrote that. I told Agnifilo that. As for Catherine Oxenberg, I do not recall hearing you ever met her alone. You met her once in my company when her daughter was still involved with DOS. She did not say a word about law enforcement then as I recall.

      I predicted there would be indictments and convictions. I was not relying on law enforcement. I did speak to those who did talk to law enforcement. My record for prediction was pretty good.

      I do admire Agnifilo. I like him too. I would not be able to “stand in his shoes” since I am not a lawyer. He does not represent Raniere anymore.

      Am I the NX leftovers’ de facto publicist? Why don’t you read some of my recent stories and ask yourself, are these stories they want me to write about Raniere?

      I agree with them that due process is something everyone is entitled to.

      I believed in due process when you were accused regarding your son.

      As far as an insanity plea or rolling on Stone? I know nothing that Stone has done that is illegal. As for insanity – maybe this is insane. But I think I am going to get a fair trial, which means an acquittal. Stick around and I’ll report it right here on these pages. Rest easy Heidi.

      • This is a curious exchange between you and Heidi. Going to attribute it to Heidi’s KTSD (KAR, PTSD).

        Heidi, As far as the travel suspected surveillance. Tagging those vehicles will give you the owners. Then one can identify if it is coincidence or surveillance.

        Curious objection/comment.

        Keep it up, Frank! Due process hearings will expose more bad behavior. And I am betting it will not help KAR, NXVIM, or DOS girls.

        We may yet get to see some more collateral.

      • I don’t say “everyone” is spying on me and, Frank, you yourself spoke to “Puto” – the Mexican gent who was texting death threats on, coincidentally, the very day you showed up. And, apart from some relief during many blissful months of Covid quarantine, the on and off harassment has not really let up much since, true. You just get used to it.

        As for it’s source being *closer to home,” you claimed and predicted Dylan’s dad was behind it all to Catherine if you’ll recall, when we met with Catherine after running into her together once prior. Yes, I had done so before you ever set foot in Malibu and Catherine informed you too, remarking on how much younger I looked in your company. (Even though she credited you, fact is I was less worried and getting some sound sleep for awhile there after Keith & then Clare were finally arrested.)

        I don’t expect you to have a “photographic memory” – something you ‘accused’ me of on camera bc, I began using a car cam and taking pics all over the place (that stage was, granted, a little nutty) but what else could I do to protect myself and my helpless disabled son whom I was caring for and driving around full time, often alone, under the circumstances? And if taking too many pics is a capital crime, let’s just end prisons and put bars around everyone on social media why don’t we?

        Regardless of who was or is behind any of it, no sane person could or is saying it has not occurred – it’s happened too often around too many witnesses – unless that person wanted to use it to, failing to ever shut me up (oh, contraire!), claim I am insane or lying.

        As you just did, Frank.

  • I think it’s fair to say that you are not on KAR’s Christmas card list. Will you be sending him a card, Frank?

  • Frank

    Isn’t Raniere attempting to say Marc Agnifilo was incompetent as his lawyer?

    How can he think he going to get away with that?

    Didn’t Judge Garaufis hold special hearings to make sure each defendant was satisfied with their lawyers because Clare Bronfman was paying for their defense

  • It’s the Raniere management system in full effect

    Have his lawyers do whatever they possibly can do to shit down whatever they possibly can shut down to take the spotlight off of what Raniere is really up to.

    It’s what every good Narcissist does

    Raniere has the ability to do it better because of his funding from Clare Bronfman and those in Mexico who still believe in him.

    As long as Raniere has money
    As long as people continue to write about him
    As long as people continue to read about him
    He will continue Raniere’s management system

Frank Parlato

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

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

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

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” In addition, 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 appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premieres on May 22, 2022.

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