Frank Parlato Sentenced to Home Confinement for Five Months; Fined $10,000 for Tax Crime

US District Judge Richard J. Arcara sentenced Frank Parlato yesterday, and several media reported on it.  Here is the Buffalo News’ and Albany Times Union reports.

Buffalo News story

Patrick Lakamp

Jul 31, 2023

A federal judge Monday sentenced Frank Parlato Jr. to five months of home detention on a single tax conviction, concluding a case that started nearly eight years ago with a 19-count indictment that could have put him in prison for 20 years.

Parlato pleaded guilty in 2022 to a felony count of failing to file a tax form, admitting he accepted cash payments totaling $19,970 from a food vendor at the One Niagara tourist center in Niagara Falls, but failed to notify the IRS, which must be alerted to receipts of cash in amounts greater than $10,000.

Prosecutors asked for a two-year prison sentence. Sentencing guidelines called for 24 to 30 months imprisonment.

U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara said he spent “an enormous amount of time” reviewing character letters and voluminous sentencing submissions. Arcara cited 78 letters of support for Parlato as one of the factors in his decision not to incarcerate him.

“They are powerful letters, no doubt about it,” Arcara said.

The letters of support filed in U.S. District Court came from people across the country who extolled Parlato’s past investigative work that helped expose Nxivm, a purported self-help organization near Albany whose leader was eventually sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking and forced labor, among other charges.

The judge also sentenced Parlato to one year of supervised release and fined him $10,000.

The ordered restitution of $184,939 has already been paid, Parlato said.

In August 2022, Parlato consented to the government seizing more than $815,000 of contested funds from him.
Herbert Greenman, one of Parlato’s defense lawyers, told the judge the prosecution took a toll on Parlato, calling him “a little bit of a broken person right now.”

“This has been a long time coming,” Greenman said of Monday’s hearing, noting that Parlato has lost income while “living under the cloud of an indictment.”

In remarks to the judge during the sentencing hearing, Parlato said he regretted his tax crime.

Parlato, 68, also said he regretted not showing more “gentle mercy” at other times in his life, and he pledged to do so going forward.

“May I be merciful as I ask for mercy,” Parlato told the judge.

After the sentencing, Parlato said, “Part of justice is mercy, not to be squandered.”
The former real estate developer publishes the Niagara Falls Reporter, an opinion website about Niagara County affairs, and the Frank Report, a website that follows up on Nxivm and other cases around the nation.
Frank Parlato talks with former NXIVM insider Susan Dones in “The Lost Women of NXIVM,” a 2019 TV program that Parlato hosted. Dones is among the many figures in the cult-like group’s story who have asked a federal judge to show mercy on Parlato. (Aimee Buck/Investigation Discovery)

NXIVM blogger avoids prison at sentencing

NXIVM blogger Frank Parlato Jr. sentenced for tax crimes in Buffalo

Longtime critic of cult leader Keith Raniere’s organization received punishment of five months’ home confinement, restitution order and a $10,000 fine

ALBANY — Anti-NXIVM blogger Frank Parlato Jr. will not be headed to federal prison.
Instead, the 68-year-old Niagara Falls man, a one-time publicist for Keith Raniere’s cult-like organization who became one of its most outspoken opponents, will spend five months on home confinement for his August 2022 guilty plea to a single count of willful failure to file tax returns involving cash transactions of more than $10,000. Prosecutors described the long-running case as classic tax evasion related to nearly $400,000 in unreported income over several years.

Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara imposed time served, five months of home confinement and one year of supervision by federal probation officers. Parlato must immediately pay $184,939 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and a fine of $10,000.

In 2015, then-U.S. Attorney William Hochul, husband of Gov. Kathy Hochul, announced an indictment that charged Parlato with victimizing high-ranking NXIVM members Seagram’s heiresses Clare Bronfman and Sara Bronfman-Igtet. In 2018, a superseding indictment against Parlato dropped the Bronfman-related charges.

Prosecutors for now-U.S. Attorney Trini Ross asked the judge to sentence Parlato to between 18 and 24 months. Parlato sought a non-prison sentence.

In June 2017, Parlato’s blog, The Frank Report, first publicly revealed Raniere’s secret master/slave group known as Dominus Obsequious Sororium, or DOS, in which women were blackmailed, deprived of sleep, starved on 500-calorie diets or less, given assignments to seduce Raniere and in many cases physically branded on their pelvic areas with a symbol revealed later to be Raniere’s initials.

The New York Times expanded on The Frank Report’s stories. In March 2018, Raniere was indicted. In 2019, he was convicted at trial of sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and racketeering charges. He is serving 120 years in federal prison.

Former NXIVM members Kristin Keeffe, Susan Dones and Nicki Clyne were among the scores of letter-writers who asked the judge to show leniency to Parlato, as did Stephen Herbits, a longtime confidant of Seagram’s tycoon Edgar Bronfman Sr., the late father of the Bronfman sisters.

Toni Natalie, a former girlfriend of Raniere prior to NXIVM who became one of its longtime victims, wanted the judge to impose a more stringent sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles Kruly represented the prosecution. Parlato’s attorneys were Paul Cambria and Herbert Greenman.

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  • As you told the judge you regret not showing more gentle mercy, I support your commitment to change and look forward to seeing your evolution.

    • This response to NXIVM’s lawfare, harassment, intimidation, surveillance, and defamation would make more sense:

      “… Leah Remini is taking her fight against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, to the courtroom.

      The “King of Queens” alum announced on Twitter Wednesday that she filed a lawsuit after 17 years of alleged “harassment, intimidation, surveillance, and defamation.”

      “While advocating for victims of Scientology has significantly impacted my life and career, Scientology’s final objective of silencing me has not been achieved,” she wrote in the lengthy statement.

      “While this lawsuit is about what Scientology has done to me, I am one of thousands of targets of Scientology over the past seven decades …”

  • Five months on home confinement will feel like a vacation without the burdens of indictment and looming threat of incarceration.

    You’ll be in the Florida sunshine recovering from 12 years of unwarranted investigation.

    It’ll take longer to fully recover but the five month order is actually an order for needed rest and recovery.

    Staying still… enjoying simple peace of sunrise and sunsets… without a demand to go anywhere…sounds heavenly.

  • To Toni and Frank.

    Toni we know you keep receipts.
    So does Frank.
    There is a real thing called ‘trauma bonding.’ You both been through some shit.
    For fucks sake guys. Toni and Frank, drop this shit. Find someone else, or something else to fight.
    You were allies once. You brought down a fucking monster.
    Breathe. Forgive. By ‘Forgive’ I don’t mean you hold hands and skip down the street. Forgiveness means you accept the past couldn’t be different. But you accept a future without each other.
    There’s been enough shit in both of your lives. You don’t have to fight EVERY SINGLE FIGHT. And believe me. There will be other arseholes in your future. Just drop this shit.
    With love and respect. xxx (kisses, real ones)

  • Pleased to hear there will be no prison time, Frank. I hope there is a supply of good books, good music, and reliable internet service awaiting you wherever you spend your home confinement. From the letters of support we’ve seen in your case, I assume there is no need to wish you good company and support during that confinement – seems likely you have that already. Best to you.

  • It’s the million dollar misdemeanor.
    Ridiculously obvious what the government has done.
    Steal a million, indict on word of Bronfman, drag you through the mud, – and even when Bronfman is found to be a criminal the govt will not return your million…

    So govt finds a victim to replace jailbird-Bronfman – and Reger demands he’s not a victim but a trusted partner.

    Can’t make this up.

    It’s all about the money.

    Reager dies- they still want money so failure to file from 2010. There’s not a single case out there that imposes any jail time for this misdemeanor offense. So you rightfully have no jail time.

    The felony was justification to keep the million.

    You target the most sinister.

    And with all the power and money driving a decade of investigation and indictment, they could not get you Frank.

    Bright, lighter days ahead. Well-played. Just sorry you had to.

  • Keep your head up Frank. Not sure what home confinement is like on the federal level. Unfortunately I have 6 months experience on the state level some 15 years ago. It’s tougher than people think not to be able to leave the house whenever you want especially during the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays so hopefully you will have some flexibility with your work. Stay on top of all the little rules you’ll need to follow. Toughest for me was having a sheriff show up once a day at 4-5AM just to check that I hadn’t skipped town. If they’re doing an ankle bracelet you’ll feel so liberated the day they cut the thing off.

  • Frank-

    I don’t know how to react to your sentencing.

    If you’re happy – I’m happy. So on and so forth.

    Hope all is well!!!!

    • Frank-

      As we all know:

      You were definitely targeted for prosecution(persecution).

      I am surprised the DOJ just didn’t slap a big fine on you. Many people have done far far worse and broken financial security laws as well as taxes and only paid a fine.

      I wasn’t being flipped with my previous comment. I respect you far too much. I know you could give a rats ass – I care.

      Take it easy!

      Ask NutJob for his PornHub & Netflix passwords to pass the time away. You could even long on to Scott’s video game stream for entertainment. It’s as exciting as watching flies f*ck or sh*tting [redacted] woods after eating Amway Duck Biscuita™️

      • I’m doing a dopamine detox – so I cancelled my subscriptions to mute any temptation. But, I’ll be happy to share with Frank the benefits of adding an ice bath to his morning routine. Also, since Frank’s pickleball obsession will be taking a temorary hit, he may want to consider reinvigorating his body with masculinity by watching the NFL & CFB. Makes it the perfect time to confine – imo.

  • Almost over now. Hope you can start the home confinement soon and get it over with. 2024 will be here before you know it. Also hope you get a choice on where you spend the home confinement (I’d pick FL over NY any day, but I hate snow so…). One final hope – that you get to have full internet access while on home confinement. I know you will put that time to good use. Can’t wait to see what’s in store.

    I’m going to go listen to Jimmy Buffett’s Cultural Infidel to celebrate on your behalf.
    “Someone’s got to talk about accountability
    Someone’s got to raise some hell, it might as well be me”

  • Toni Natalie like Kim Snyder love to lie. But Kim is mentally challenged just like Toni said she is. She lies about everything. Toni only lied if it will help her cheat someone. Big difference. Toni is way smarter than Kim who is just a fool.

  • I agree with Toni Natalie he should have gotten 120 years like Keith. Frank insulted Toni by writing the truth about her and that’s his real crime. Now Toni’s lies will all be exposed and instead of her saying she sent him to prison it looks like her lies stand on the record.

    She told a pack of lies in her book. She failed to kill Parlato and now the tables are turned.

    I wouldn’t want to be Toni. She lies even more than Kim Snyder.

    • Some how through Chris Ambrose and Natalie trying to fuck with Frank they will be exposed into eternity as being a pedophile and a liar. How the hell do you praise the Parlato in your book and then say false things about DOS survivors to judge Arcara? Aren’t you the one that tried to push Frank into writing the names? Toni, you were hell bent and whiskey bound to put Keith in prison but why Frank?

  • I have a feeling Frank Report will have much activity in those five months.

    Congratulations, Frank!


    ~ Pilgrim

  • Frank:

    Time to heal.

    Say a prayer, it’s over, move on.

    You did God’s work, and with that comes pain.

    Now, it’s time to heal.

    • He did God’s work is absolutely right. And all along the way he helped so many. Now he has five months to sharpen his axe, write about family court child trafficking, lawrence Paine, the remaining DOS girls, an article on where’s Nicki these days, (is she missing?) Maybe he will write a book? Mr. Parlato what will you do during home confinement?

  • What a relief for Frank
    Five months is a cake walk

    Being under investigation since 2015 has been time served.

    This was all started by Keith Raniere via the Bronfman sisters.

    Another failed attempt to get Raniere’s enemies thrown in prison.

    What another waste of using the tax payers money and another citizen time and money by Raniere.

    Now that Raniere’s in prison himself he can’t sue anyone other than the BOP.

    Raniere’s ego caught up with him and his plot to destroy those who told the truth about him ended up destroying Raniere.

    There are others who have spent too much time with Keith Raniere who have followed in his footsteps telling too many lies themselves.

    They too have deep seated egos just like Raniere.

    They themselves have attempted to destroy others lives. Some even with Frank.

    You’d think they’d learned by watching what happened to Raniere, Nancy Salzman ablnd Clare Bronfman.

    Lying in an attempt to destroy others lives will back fire on and catch up with these lairs.

    Karma is a bitch and the bill for such behaviors always shows up in some fashion.

  • “Toni Natalie, a former girlfriend of Raniere prior to NXIVM who became one of its longtime victims, wanted the judge to impose a more stringent sentence.”
    Really? A more stringent sentence for failing to file a tax return over some 10k? and she actually wrote to the Judge to ask for this? Shows just who this woman really is …
    “May I be merciful as I ask for mercy,” Parlato told the judge. Well done, Mr Parlato, for coming out of this 8-year ordeal with your morals and your humanity intact and showing your humility.
    Time for some deep breaths and relaxation. As ‘Check’ says: ‘Amazon, UberEats & NF’ time. All the best and glad it’s all behind you.

  • It’s very good news. But it is chilling to realize that the indictment of Frank was initiated by Clare and Sarah Bronfman. That they where able to have the DA indict him. That various DA’s that handled the case didn’t drop all the charges after Clare’s and Keith’s arrest and conviction.
    It seems that if you are a rich and/or politically connected and/or famous person you can instruct the DA to start an investigation into your enemy? Is that how it works? Just have the DA look for something, anything, that potentially is incriminating and can put someone in prison? Apparently this is America today.

    The million dollars consulting fee Frank got from the Bronfman sisters he ultimately lost as part of the plea agreement (850.000) and fine (150.000). A million dollars is a lot of money for a consulting job that only took a few months. Frank probably did a good job for the Bronfmans recovering swindled money in the LA real estate project but he, as so many did before and after him overcharged them, took advantage of these sisters with more money then brains.
    The money is gone now, but he has his freedom, and that’s the most important.

    Clare and Keith are in jail and Frank is not. Frank won this fight, but he payed a high price in terms of money and stress.

    • That property was in Nancy Salzman name when Frank first started to investigate the situation.

      Fucking Nancy Salzman name. What a slime Salzman was and still is to this day.

      The Bronfman sisters were paying for everything and Keith managed to put everything in Nancy Salzman name.

      Frank uncovered that fact and made sure the property got put back into Sara & Clare’s name.

      That pissed the Vanguard off. He had his plan and those sisters were too dumb to know the difference when the project was happening.

      They kept saying, Keith was the smartest man in the world. He was smartest at getting money taken away from from those who where dumb.

      He is still taken those Bronfman sisters money and they are still too stupid to know what is happening.

      Sara is spending money on legal fees, getting divorced & has a new boy toy. NXIVM did her a lot of good with changing her life patterns. She no different for all thise classes she took.

      Clare’s back in BOP Philly (a hellhole of a prison) with a security detainer. Probably for all the games the dead heads have played with among themselves.

      CB still has her head up Raniere’s ass and she still paying for his defense.

      Will this woman ever wake up? Will she be like the hard cord Manson followers who to this day believe in their leader?

      Frank tried to help the Bronfman sisters and he ended up getting the FBI/DOJ up his ass over it

      Toni Natalie should know what that is like. But no, she had to stab Frank in the back with a fucking knife for posting people’s complaints about her her stolen book.

      Toni should of stopped while you were ahead Natalie. This is going to bite you in the ass big time. Your no different that Raniere on this one. You’re not a victim on this.

    • 75k a month was pretty juicy as thier publicist though, how long did that gig last?
      If it was worded based on a percentage of what he saved them that would have been ideal.and.fair.

  • Yay!I It’s finally over for Frank. Unless he had a role in Jan 6. I concur with Check – Amazon, Uber and Netflix. Time to hone new skills – gardening, cooking, or macrame. Beats 120 years, which IMO was overkill for what Keith was charged with.

  • Hey Frank,

    Why did you not post Patriot God’s letter like you said that you would be interested in doing?

      • Hey Anonymous August 2, 2023 at 11:08am!

        Obviously you care hell enough to open your mouth when you weren’t being talked to. I like to laugh at what he says. So you’re the only hate breeder here being a dick for no reason to somebody who wasn’t even talking to you in the first place! So follow your own advice and shut the fuck up and mind your own business, asshole!

        • Calm down. Your psychiatrist told you not to express yourself this way. He said that the only way your Schizoid Phobic Personality Syndrome Delusional Disorder, Erotomanic Type will ever subside is for you to stop getting online.

          • Frank-

            Scott’s Amway DuckBiscuits™️ helps Schizoids in addition to increasing your cholesterol.

          • Frank. Are you honestly going to defend this asshole when you know good and damn well I wasn’t even talking to him and he disrespected me first?!

            Dude, seriously what is wrong with you?!

            You ban Patriot God for allegedly doing exactly what this asshole is doing and then you jump into the fray and join him while doing the exact same thing that you lambasted Toni Natalie for doing to Kim Snyder?!

            You told me that you “would love to read his letter” and then you go ghost and don’t reply to me, don’t even post up some of my comments, and didn’t post his letter before Monday, and now when I ask YOU and ONLY YOU about it, some asshole comes along and thinks he needs to put his unqualified and unsolicited two cents into this, and the only time that you feel the need to finally say something to me, it’s only to join the trolls being a troll?!

            By these perpetually demonstrated actions, I don’t even know why you ban Patriot God from the rude drunken bar fight that is your comments section, that you yourself encourage relentlessly, in the first place?! Hell! I can’t even ask you a simple question without some jackass not minding his own goddamn business thinking he should speak for you!

            Have you ever thought that YOU are the one that is mentally unstable, Frank?

            Here’s how a normal and mentally healthy person would have dealt with this.

            #1 Answered my question like somebody who understands proper social etiquette in the first place.

            #2 Wouldn’t have abruptly gone ghost and stopped posting my comments (that had nothing inappropriate in them at all) and ignored me in the first place to the point that some other rude and nosey jackass best feels entitled enough to be a dick to me when he wasn’t even being spoken to.

            #3 Stuck up for me when some troll didn’t need to act that way instead of being immature and joining the troll and even making up fake diagnosis right after you attacked Toni Natalie for doing the exact same thing, that to be perfectly honest, you could get the ever living shit sued out of you for and get your ass into even more legal trouble than you already are, and still not answer my question like you should’ve already done.

            Grow up and stop being acting like a mentally unstable idiot, Frank! Or if you’re seriously too mentally retarded to pull up your own diapers and do that all by yourself like a big kid, perhaps it’s time for you to point your own finger of slanderous accusations against yourself and go seek to mental health treatment so you learn how to be logically consistent in all that you do in life and how you handle others and fairness.

            Because to be honest right now, dude, you’re a joke in everything you say and preach! You preach about just one alleged immoral activity in various groups and organizations only to go do the exact same thing a few minutes later!

            So practice what you preach to all commenters (including this troll ☝🏻) and ban him too. Or better yet, go back to the good old days where you actually gave a shit about the 1st Amendment!

            Just answer my questions, grow up, and stop being a jackass! It isn’t hard, and it sure as hell is free!

            Thank you.

          • Well said, Anonymous
            August 3, 2023 at 12:49 am! 👏🏻

            Hey Ginzo!

            Are you man enough to answer this individual or are you still too big of a bitch?! You know, every time you play this insult and ditch to run and hide game, all you do is make yourself look too mentally incompetent to reply!

            It should be very embarrassing to you and your followers that their leader behaves this way, Ginzo! But alas, you true are the archetype of the classic tale of the emperor wearing no clothes, aren’t you, boy?!

            Poor stupid and genetically inferior Ginzo! This is one in a trillion reasons why niggers are a disgrace to this country! They give the whole country a bad name with their lack wisdom as well as social etiquette!

            This is why your sorry ass should be in prison where it belongs!

            ✊🏻 IF WE BELIEVE!!!!!! ✊🏻

            ✊🏻 THERE’S A BETTER WAY! ✊🏻

  • They can’t keep your money without a felony. And they can’t admit wrongdoing after spending govt time and money investigating you for a decade.

    The time will go quickly. It’s over. A felony means nothing when the real criminals are running our government.

  • Whatever you do, strictly obey the conditions of your home confinement and supervised release. Do not give them a reason to impose incarceration by bending the rules, no matter how trivial such bending might seem.

    • EXCELLENT and important advice, John 1! This cannot be stressed enough. Be good, stay home. 🙂 Do not sneak out to McDonald’s. Time will pass quickly.

  • Sure it’s a win but seriously over failing to file a form ? How is Hunter Biden (and many others) free after failing to actually pay tax on millions (and also probably failed to file a litany of forms).

    I admire your humility Frank and know this must be a huge weight off. I cannot imagine enduring something like this and having to ask for mercy in sentencing when you’d already given up a million dollars, who knows how much in legal fees AND the stress of all of it for something so truly benign.

    • Well said. I feel the same way.

      I hope Frank gets to choose which briar patch to confine in. (Pick the sun – more people will come visit.)

  • This is wonderful news. Of course it would have been better if there had been no penalty at all. But that was not a possibility – many people (myself included) are celebrating this sentence – home confinement is not bad at all!

    From Dublin, Ireland, I send Mr Parlato my best wishes for a comfortable and productive home confinement!

  • Frank, Thank you for what you have done on behalf of victims and survivors who no one will hear. I hope this is all a major relief for you now that this is over. You are an inspiration to many.

  • I look forward to publishing my own full documented knowledge with all supporting instruments in this case.

    Funny how slipshod those who claim to be investigators of the truth, from district attorneys to judges to journalists to FBI Agents to, well, … “friends” of the Court can be.

    Michael Hill, Esq., of, has a motto to which I too, subscribe: “always to be kind, and never be afraid.” Two for two.

    To which I add yours, Frank, #TheTruthIsAlwaysFair. But of course, that must be the full truth. You would expect nothing less from me.

    Please rest after this witchhunt. Drink water and eat healthy.



    • this does not! only neglect of federal investigators and prosecutors, corruption in the government has many branches, and like a herd of monkeys when something makes noise and scares them all react. Frank already has a solid reputation as a whistleblower and they don’t like that, so they use what they have to undermine him. How different the story would have been if the judge hadn’t received so many letters of support for Frank, I wonder what would have happened to Frank if he had published stories about the movie Sounds of the Freedom.

  • Frank, I am glad this nightmare has finally ended and you are a free man. None of us is perfect, but you are a good soul that has done a lot of good. Take care.

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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