Buffalo News: Frank Parlato Speaks Out on Plea Deal Outside the Courthouse

I am now a convicted felon. I am scheduled for sentencing on December 7, 2022. That is Pearl Harbor Day.

As I have always done, I will continue to report on all matters I find of interest.

Now that I am not preparing for trial, I will have more time to devote to specific investigations.

I will also examine my own case.  I plead guilty to a single count of failing to file an IRS form 8300 in 2010.

The IRS requires an 8300 form for cash receipts above $10,000 in a given year. I failed to report that I took in cash – about $19,000 – in 2010;

To be 100 percent clear, though I failed to file the 8300 form, I DID report the $19,000 on my income tax returns. I paid taxes on the $19,000.

The DOJ dropped all 18 charges against me.

I did an interview with Aaron Besecker of the Buffalo News. He videoed it and published it on YouTube.

Below are the two videos – fresh out of court on August 5, 2022.

Besecker is a news reporter. He knew of my project in Niagara Falls, which was the second focus of the DOJ investigation after the Bronfman sisters launched an investigation of me in 2011.

Besecker also wrote a news story about the hearing.

How do you feel about this being all resolved? What’s your take away from this?

Frank Parlato: 

Well, I’m 67 years old, and this investigation began in 2011. So I’ve invested about 17 percent of my life in this case.

Following a development of a very successful project.  It wasn’t a failure. This was a success, and through it all I built a good project, and it’s still going strong.
And one day I didn’t file one document, and that was all that anybody could find after an intense scrutiny for all these years.
So I think I left a legacy of success, and I want to move on. And I’ve got other things in mind.
Aaron Besecker:

What are you thinking about your possible sentence?

Frank Parlato:

Well, that’s entirely up to the judge. You know he’s, I think he’s a very distinguished jurist, a man of incredible intelligence.

I’m deeply respectful of this judge, and I think that I was fortunate to have good people in this whole legal scenario. Great, truly intelligent and fair-minded judge.
And you know when you go to the judge, you go to justice. That’s what Aristotle said, and I believe that.
I think I get justice from him.
I do think the prosecutors are reasonable, and you know I had a few changes that I felt were important, and they were kind enough to accommodate it.
So will I be sentenced to prison? I don’t know. Maybe. I’m prepared to do that, and I’ll do my very best, whatever happens.
But I do think that I’m entitled to a chance to explain what I did and why I did it.
And please keep in mind there was only one document, one time 12 years ago, and measured against a great deal of success.
I will have more to report on this and other topics shortly.

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  • How many Attorneys General were NXIVM’s bulldogs? How many were secret helpers? How many still are? says:

    What kind of people were able to create the world-wide phenomenon of NXIVM?

    How many know that Mexico was to be the first “NXIVM nation”?

    Blackmail can move politics that quickly … and which attorneys did NXIVM own?

    Maybe NXIVM owners used AG offices to wage “lawfare” against NXIVM opponents.

    Why else would AG offices ignore what “Vanguard” and “Prefect” did for so long?

    In what year did such organized lawfare against NXIVM whistleblowers begin and how many were on that list?

    The law fare was ruthless. The computer hacking was shameful. Were AG offices then used to try to silence Parlato and other whistleblowers — or does it just look like that’s what happened?

    Any good AGs still out there wiling and able to investigate what happened when, where and why?

    They call it “Smalbany” for a reason …

    “I left NXIVM in 2009, but it wasn’t until almost two decades, in 2017, it burned to the ground.

    Earlier, the NYS AG was working with us. They collected a lot of frickin info from us & poof; they were gone.

    I was sued by NXIVM, filing over 200 fake claims against me.

    I won their bogus lawsuit against me, representing myself against seven of their lawyers.

    I have lots of battle scars from being in the NXIVM Cult and the battle to take them down after leaving.”

    Susan Dones at https://susandones.com/

    • 7:00 “ … if you enroll three people, you got your money back … Field Trainer … 10% … Proctor … 10 % … It was all MLM structure … State AG had banned that … because of Consumer Buyline … ”

      37:37 “ … the lawsuits … Nancy compared Keith to Ghandi … Keith’s sexual partners … “We don’t talk about that.” … Pam Cafritz … not monogamous… if the new one didn’t agree, they would work her over to leave … pre-meditation … enabling a serial predator …”

      Susan Dones:
      “I went to the New York State Attorney General’s office ..It was a pyramid scheme ..I brought The Field Trainer book … Nancy Salzman … corporate training … Neurolinguistic Programming … Ericsonian Hypnotherapist …”

      Chris Shelton: “… L. Ron Hubbard called it a “Franchise”… We called it a “Mission” …”

      Susan Dones:
      “Nancy never apologized … she wasn’t a licensed nurse practitioner … she billed insurance through another’s license in the practice … insurance fraud … mail fraud … the Mexicans paid in cash … Edar Boone … in 2009, Mexico made the most money … ”

      1:28:13 “… $10,000 increments over the border … Sara bought a home for Nancy … there was a “War Room” … on the way there was a safe … tax fraud and money laundering …”

      Susan Dones:
      “… I mean when somebody says they’ve had people killed and there’s four people missing … it’s not I’m serious it’s really not uh some idle threat I mean people banding those words about – – um, it’s a thing. And and money and power make people nuts – – nuttier than they already were …”

      Chris Shelton:
      “… Is, is there a short version of this or should we do another show about it in terms of your experience with the New York State Attorney General and what the hell happened there that it all just went poof? … What – – what happened when you guys were in there pitching and it looked like something was going to happen?”

      Susan Dones:
      “Yeah, we don’t know. We never got an answer from them. I mean we sent them lots of information, um, about all different kinds of stuff and then they finally said um, don’t send us any more information. And we said, “Oh okay.” you know? And God, we sent them so much information. And then we – – we thought, “Oh gosh. We have them.“ you know, on so much stuff. And then um, we just never heard back. It, um – – we can only chalk that up to: They had so much protection in the Northern District …”

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  • Please take a lesson from this sad story.

    Leave the Blue States.

    States and cities ruled by the totalitarian “Democrat” Party have a vendetta against anyone who does not tow the party line.
    Leave the Blue States and cities and never go back!

  • The pen is mightier than the sword

    Sorry to hear of this legal trouble and being found guilty of a felony. As a felon some of your civil rights are taken away, like the right to vote or carry a weapon. Please remember the pen is mightier than the sword and you still have the skill to bring justice to the many victims of J. Michael Shoemaker, aka Swami Chetanananda and his alleged criminal organization. I know you will continue to support those who have been harmed. Thank you

    • The effect of a felony conviction varies by state: i.e., in some states (e.g., Maine and Vermont), felons are allowed to vote even while they’re in prison, while in others (e.g., Florida), they need to petition the governor (or some governmental entity) to regain the right to vote after they have finished serving their sentence. The restriction on owning a firearm is based on a federal law – and, thus, applies across the country.

  • Frank, here is a 7 minute video for Patriot God and his ilk to watch. It shows 20,000 of his “patriot” predecessors gathering for a speech that could be given today by Patriot God.

    In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism — an event largely forgotten from U.S. history. A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN, made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the United States.

  • @NUTJOB.

    Mr. Nutjob, I already told Frank that I support him 100% on his plea deal —– and that I think he deserves probation only.

    Who are you calling a POS?

    You want me to eat crow?

    If I recall correctly, you’re the dude who turtled-up (like a pussy) and slithered away after being humiliated during the Nickola Cunha debacle —- when you FALSELY predicted that the national media was gonna jump on her ‘unjustified’ arrest story, where you claimed that her arrest warrant was cooked-up as part of a Jewish, judge-led conspiracy, LOL.

    Apologize for that, asshole.

    I’m waiting to hear you apologize and eat crow.

    If I recall correctly, you’re also the SAME PUSSY who groveled before JJ O’hara and Keeffe —— by saying that you’d actually substitute their opinions for your own on ANY topic (basically admitting that you’re an INADEQUATE MAN who can’t even think for himself).

    You hurt ALL REAL MEN when you grovel like that.

    It’s just not very ‘manly’ to do shit like that.

    Frank would not approve of such public displays of unmanliness.

    You fucken hyena.

    I know Frank agrees with me on that, even though he’ll never say it out loud (cuz he seems to like you).

    Show some self-respect, sir. Stop doing that shit. Man the fuck up.

    Here’s my therapeutic advice to get you back on the right track:

    Find a very high place. Take 2 steps forward. Let gravity cure you.

    Have a good day. 🙂

    • U lie. Keeffe knows better than me about NXIVM, and I trust her voice. That I said. U lie.

      By, “If I recall correctly” you really mean “Screw my weekend. I’m rereading every FR comment section till I can manufacture a comeback against this dude who just blew me up.”

      You want to talk CT with me? Figures. NXIVM is over your fucked-up head. But you’re right – you’ve always had Frank’s back on the charges against him….uh… you a pathetic pos liar.

      • Let’s explore Mr. Nutjob’s history of postings about me.

        Mr. Nutjob keeps telling others things that he WANTS to believe are true ——- but which are demonstrably NOT true.

        For example, he’s always telling others that I’m just a TROLL or a wannabee SHOCK JOCK looking for a reaction, with no regard for the truth

        But, what he’s likely not even admitting to himself, is that the REASON he truly hates me (the reason my posts make his blood boil) is that there’s always plenty of LOGIC & TRUTHFUL ELEMENTS to my posts which go against his rabidly liberal ideology.

        A troll just wants to piss people off. They usually make short posts and lots of them (similar to Scott Johnson).

        Whereas my posts always contain things that I truly believe —- such as when I recently PROVED that Frank’s true goal of insulting Ambrose is not to help Karen regain partial custody. I proved my points using basic logic —- and Frank knows that I wiped the floor with his butt.

        Sure, I usually choose to throw in a few extra insults —— but that’s just an added bonus.

        My goal is pissing people off VIA THE TRUTH.

        Rabid liberals cannot tolerate the truth.

        If you notice, the only people being kicked off social media are people with conservative viewpoints.

        It’s always liberals who are screaming to shut people up. It’s never the other way around. Liberals are the only people who hate free speech.

        Here’s how idiotic most liberals are…

        When Donald Trump was caught on audio tape saying “grab the pussy” ——— every liberal idiot in America, including Mr. Nutjob and Mr. Claviger, were screaming that he’s not fit to be elected president based on that comment (even though it was just a private comment and no woman was physically harmed or harassed).

        Yet, these same liberal idiots fully support Bill Clinton’s presidency —– even though 6 or 7 different women have claimed that he either raped, groped, or sexually harassed them FOR REAL.

        What’s worse? Saying to a friend “grab the pussy” …OR… physically groping, raping, or sexually harassing women in real life?

        Liberals cannot tolerate these questions because they have no logical answer for it, except to claim that EVERY WOMAN IS LYING about Bill Clinton.

        But, when conservatives claim that even ONE woman is lying (like when Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser was shown to be LYING after her own best friend admitted that she never witnessed anything) —- the liberal mob calls it ‘misogyny’ and attempts to silence anybody repeating that claim by having them kicked off social media.

        I can promise you that Mr. Nutjob and Mr. Claviger were BOTH people who wanted to silence anybody who questioned Kavanaugh’s accuser —— even AFTER she was caught lying by claiming that her best friend witnessed the act (but her best friend said that she made that part up). LOL.

        My point is that Nutjob is not the truth-teller he purports to be.

        He’s a liberal tribalist. He believes in tribalism.

        I also question why he wasn’t manly enough to get inside Lauren’s panties.

        Have a good day. 🙂

        • PS — I’m guessing that your ‘plumbing’ (down below) doesn’t work or is not up to manly standards, which is why you could never “close the deal” with Lauren.

          Oh well, flaccid man.

      • NutJob-

        That hostile commenter is NOT me. Clearly *Screecher is Bangkok.

        I hope all is well in the Sunshine state.

        *Note: Screecher is the nickname Bangkok was given at an all male gangbang – where Bangkok’s “can” took center stage. Actually, his can is now an 80 gallon oil drum.

  • I’m hoping the judge takes a look at the whole thing and says “Seriously! Dude – you’re done here. Go home and enjoy your life.” Failure to file a form, and yet you paid the taxes on the amount. That’s a freakin clerical error, not a “hiding ill gotten gains from the government.” That prosecutorial need for a high conviction rate is such a driver for corruption.

    Carry on with dignity, Frank.

  • Frank, you’re integrity is always in place. Thank you for all have done and continue to do for everyone.

  • What a colossal time and resource waster by the government. 12 years wasted on a single missing tax form, Frank, that you paid the taxes on the money anyway? Who gives a shit!

    And the form itself is asinine. Considering “cash” also includes “A cashier’s check, money order, bank draft, or traveler’s check having a face amount of $10,000 or less”, I would bet this law gets broken over 10,000 times per day in this country and they want to give you 24 months in jail for it? Completely absurd.

    Think of all the reasons business owners get money from customers that pool their money together to pay for a service in cash. But if every single person doesn’t bring their social security cards, IDs, passports, etc and the owner doesn’t file that info within 15 days, then it’s off to prison for the business owner, WTF! And if the small business owner doesn’t mail every single person that used the service a statement notifying them of the filing by Jan 31, you guessed it, PRISON!

    If you are a small business owner doing any of these things, be careful, you might be a felon. Buddies rent your fishing boat, PRISON! Collection jar for birthday DJ, PRISON! Class reunion rents your banquet hall, PRISON! Church group rents your softball field, PRISON!

    This law is fucking stupid.

  • Frank, if they put you in jail, I will personally hire the Rockettes to come and dance outside your cell.

    You paid your taxes, dude. That puts you so way ahead of most people, I actually don’t think you need to worry. Too much.

  • Vexatious and malicious. I’m glad to hear it’s coming to a close. Hope all goes well for you in December, Frank. Your steely integrity shines through it all.

  • 17 percent of his life as accused felon. The government had to find something. No way they’d give up the seized million as a result of the original indictment bc of the complaint of the Bronfman sisters.

    They accused him of stealing a million!

    The govt seized the million. The Bronfman’s were then dropped from the indictment. Then replaced with a superseding indictment.

    The govt came up with a new victim. A victim that did not make any claim against Frank! In fact, he supported Frank. And he disappeared now too.

    And now the only “victim” is the IRS. Even though Frank paid the taxes in 2010 and he’s not being accused of underreporting-

      • The government seized the million in 2015. It was money I never touched, but held in escrow because it was in a legal dispute with the Bronfmans.

  • Most websites say the statute of limitations on tax returns is 3 years. Is this wrong?

    Who ever even heard of Form 8300?

    I guess they can find something on any of us if needed.

  • I’d apologize to Frank, but I never doubted him. As for the rest of you….have you tried the crow? Yummy….

    Anyone seen that pos Bangkok? That chick better not turtle when it’s time to man up.

  • “I do think the prosecutors are reasonable, and you know I had a few changes that I felt were important, and they were kind enough to accommodate it.”

    WOW, Frank! I am so impressed with your change of attitude!

    There are honest, dedicated and reasonable prosecutors out there. And, yes, some are not, but I believe most are.

    Now you are an example of someone who was treated fairly by the criminal justice system and who now believes he received justice from the judge!

    Your NXIVM friends will not be happy!

    • Frank was being kind. Have you seen the first indictment? The superseding indictment?

      It all began with the Bronfman sisters’ false allegations. Then they disappeared.

      And after 7 years, Frank has not been proven guilty of anything in either indictment!

      They came up with a single count of a tax form requirement to notify of cash deposit over $10,000.

      This man and his family and friends have spent 7 years compromised by a rush to accuse- 19 counts and not one held up.


      • Since when has Frank minced words about the legal system to be kind? Frank doesn’t need interpreters. Frank made his opinion on the prosecutor clear. The prosecution was willing to drop a lot in order to make a deal with Frank. He is justifiably grateful and relieved. And he’s always done just fine without Little Helpers trying to redefine what Frank has clearly stated. Your agenda is showing.

      • Congratulations Frank,

        Who else has been charged with this crime? It seems so lame.

        We don’t have any evidence on you regarding the other crimes we said you did.

        We have this one form we found you didn’t file.

        They just couldn’t let it go could they.

        Talking about not letting things go.

        What is up with Toni Natalie can’t wait to put your prison number on her Twitter feed?

        She just can’t let go that you exposed all the lies in her book.

        Did you also exposed her crimes when she and her mom were leasing equipment but not really leasing equipment in her National Heath Network days. She herself almost went to prison.

        Natalie says you beat women also on Twitter

        She doesn’t like you Frank

        • Natalie is not very truthful. Her book is chock full of lies. I have discovered some new lies she has told, and we are due for an update. One thing about Natalie – she loves to fight, then cry victim.

  • The government can’t waste all that time and money without getting a conviction. They’ve had your million for years- no hope of getting that back.

    Better to put an end to the prolonged litigation – total bs charge.

    A fair judge will see sentence already served- under indictment for 17 percent of your life is punishing-prison without bars.

  • You’re handling this in the same way I’ve watched you handle many other situations in the past couple of years – with integrity to the highest principles, grace, and even a slight bit of elegance.

    You continue to have my support, brother.


  • Frank, did you “willfully fail to return the required document” as stated in the indictment, or weren’t you aware of this tax rule? I think it’s mandatory to inform authorities about substantial cash transactions to combat money laundering. So, the rule in itself makes sense to me.

    My take is they had to find something, anything, other then the defraud claim by the Bronfman sisters. Otherwise it would be too obvious the DA of the western district of New York indicts on behalf of the rich and politically connected…..Now they can say: Nono, the Bronfman claim wasn’t the only reason we indicted, it was tax fraud too!
    They pushed Frank’s dossier from desk to desk for 7 years and this is what they came up with. A single count of failing to fill in a form 12 years ago. 19.000 dollars. What a joke.

    Maybe better wait until sentencing is behind you before answering this and other questions……

  • Sorry that you’re going through this and it’s really righteous that you are taking responsibility. As you well know, that will reflect well on your sentencing.

    It’s also wise not to attack the judge and the prosecutor.

    I take no joy in you being in any legal jeopardy.

    I do take a tiny little bit of joy in you publicly admitting that there are good prosecutors.

    Because we have had this debate before (if there were ANY good prosecutors) on your blog and you asked me to name one good prosecutor… and instead you have now named one.

  • You are an amazing journalist who did God’s work.

    Move on, time to heal.

    Maybe this is the closure you needed.

    You remain a hero and respected journalist.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

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

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

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

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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