Kristin Keeffe: Frank Parlato Helped My Son and I During Our Dangerous Escape From NXIVM

Kristin Keeffe

Earlier this week, I published the letter of Ruth McMurray to the US District Court Judge Hon. Richard Arcara for his consideration in my sentencing, which took place on July 31, 2023.

As I mentioned in the post, I did not publish any letters of support for me before my sentencing, out of respect for the judge.

I did publish one letter of one detractor, Toni Natalie, because I felt her criticisms of me ought to be aired before my readers so they could determine her veracity – and mine.

Now that I have been sentenced, I have chosen to publish some of the important letters submitted to the court written in support of me.

One of the most important figures in NXIVM, Kristin Keeffe, played a significant role in providing information to the prosecution, which ultimately convicted Keith Raniere, Nancy Salzman and Clare Bronfman.

By Kristin Keeffe

To The Honorable Judge Arcara,

I have known Frank Parlato for fifteen years. We met in late 2007 when he was hired as a consultant for the NXIVM Corp, and Clare and Sara Bronfman. At that time, I was the senior paralegal for NXIVM and the Bronfman’s and Frank’s main and usually only point of contact for his position. I have a child with NXIVM’s leader Keith Raniere who was born in 2006.

During our work together at that time, Frank discovered an enormous financial fraud happening within a Los Angeles real estate development project Clare and Sara had invested $26 million in.

Sara and Clare Bronfman….


He uncovered the fraud, and deftly took over the company for them saving their investment and the company whose value was $82 million. It was a huge effort and Frank worked tirelessly around the clock. I had never worked with someone so competent and diligent. It was stunning. Despite his success, Clare and Sara ended their business relationship with Frank acrimoniously shortly thereafter. Much to my dismay.

Three years later, out of nowhere, Clare informed me she wanted to sue Frank. I was tasked with meeting with her attorney to evaluate a potential civil action against him. I did so, and the attorney informed me there were no grounds for a civil lawsuit based on careful review of all our business dealings with Frank.

William Savino, attorney with his client Clare Bronfman. They set out to sue Frank Parlato….

I was relieved. By then I was desperate to get my son and I away from NXIVM, Keith Raniere, and Clare and the last thing I wanted to be involved with was a bad faith civil litigation against a good person.

Keith Raniere and his top assistant Nancy Salzman

Without my knowledge Clare went ahead and filed a civil lawsuit against Frank anyway and made a criminal complaint.

In early 2014, after years of trying to find a way out of this horrible cult and witnessing a continuous escalation of criminal conduct by Keith and Clare, I went to the New York State Police and reported all the criminal activity I was aware of. Keith and Clare found out and I had to go on the run from them with literally only the clothes on my back and my young son in tow.

My whole life had been this cult, I didn’t have a single friend or contact outside of it. Overnight, every single person I knew was against me. I was terrified for myself but even more for my son.

When I worked with Frank years before, he had no idea the abuses that were happening in secret to me and other women in NXIVM, nor did I tell him. I hid it. However, he must have sensed something was off and one day he had said to me as an aside “you know, if you ever want to leave these people, I usually keep a second home in Florida. You could go there, and I can help you start over.” I said, “Thanks” and we never discussed it again.

Then in 2014, after going from domestic violence shelter to domestic violence shelter for weeks on end with my son, trying to get as far away from NY as possible, I remembered this. The State Police had decided to do nothing to investigate NXIVM or protect us. Not a single friend or anyone I knew would help us. Keith filed a lawsuit against me, Clare hired a team of private investigators to hunt me down and gave them a $1 million budget. She made a false criminal complaint against me with the New York State Police accusing me of theft.

I called Frank. We hadn’t talked in many years. I said, “Can you help me?” He said, “0f course. Where are you?” My son and I were in a shelter in Virginia, and he sent an assistant to immediately come and get us and brought us to Florida. You’d think I’d have been shocked at the time, but I wasn’t, because that is the kind of person Frank is.


Kristin Keeffe came down to the Keys to hide from Clare Bronfman and Keith Raniere. They spent a fortune and after a year and a half they found her….

Matt Malone, a private investigator and IT specialist, revealed to FR that Clare Bronfman spent hundreds of thousands to hunt down Kristin Keeffe. What she planned to do once they found her is a subject for another day….

I knew he would help us and in the years since I have watched him help so many other people too. He gave us a little guest apartment to stay in, bought us clothes, a phone, a computer. He interfaced with the State Police for me to make sure the false charges Clare had filed against me were dropped. He talked to the press for me when news of my escape hit Albany. He helped us in every way, and he saved our lives, literally.

Frank never once considered the potential peril to himself for helping us either. Since then and despite facing enormous hardship in his own life he has been a rock of support throughout the years. He’s always someone I know we can count on. I would be heartbroken if after all the good Frank has done, he was sentenced to prison.


Thanks to Kristin and others’ good efforts, I was not sentenced to prison. The judge mentioned these letters  – 78 in total – adding that they were “very powerful.” He sentenced me to 12 months probation – with five of those 12 months on home detention.  My crime of conviction was the failure to file IRS Form 8300 in 2010, where I failed to report that I collected $19,970 in cash in rent from a food stand vendor. While I reported the income on my tax returns and paid taxes on the $19,970, I was also required to file Form 8300, which I did not do.

I thank Kristin and my other friends and supporters who stood by me at a crucial time in my life.  It is not something one easily forgets.


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  • Let us hope it can be made very clear everywhere how minor this is. Here in the UK we have some laws about paying in cash – I think it is similar to the US and mostly affected car dealerships when it came in, but I am sure many people here would not know the exact law or financial limit. Anyway at least this is over now.

  • This is a warning to everyone.
    When a government goes bad, irredeemably bad., your only alternative is to Bug Out!
    If the govermnnement will not investigate, your onLy==ly response is to leave!
    Hit the four land=E highway!

  • You sure sound like someone I want in my corner should I need a helping hand! Thank you for everyone who stood up for Frank! Everyone makes mistakes, but very few make up for it if they aren’t made to. Frank didn’t have to do any of the things he has done. Including making a film about the women it seems like so many have forgotten. I love ❤️ Frank!

  • Frank, I think they were so desperate to get anything to stick the judge gave you the expensive slap on the wrist just to shut up the rich people.

    On review, I don’t see anywhere in the case where prosecution proved intent, an incredibly important factor in deciding guilt. In fact, the fact you declared the income and paid the taxes, clearly shows you did not intend to commit any form of tax fraud.

    But, yeah, when rich people get involved in courts, the justice system seems to just magically become less interested in the law, civil rights or common sense. It’s about meeting a desired end for complaintants that had no place complaining in the first place.

    If anything the Bronfarts should be paying you for stalking you and filing false police reports, but we know justice wont touch them. Once you hit that magic B number, judges mysteriously bend over backwards in your favor.

    Judges need to be audited regularly and questioned about real estate and investment windfalls, expensive trips, and mysteriously no cost home remodels. All judicial email accounts should have third party oversight. There is far too much judicial conspiracy with friendly prosecutors and attorneys, and nobody forces the court to act in full disclosure. Conflicts are par for the course, and they play golf at your expense.

  • An aoppropriate soing for Allison Mack!

    Lady Gaga – Bloody Mary (TikTok Remix | Speed Up) | Wednesday Dance Scene

  • “The State Police had decided to do nothing to investigate NXIVM or protect us.” 👈

  • I don’t think Claire and Sara will ever stop. They certainly can’t be stopped financially.
    They are both born without any moral fibre at all. Certainly they remain unloved, so lack the safety that feeling creates in a person.
    Claire will always be a spinster. Sara might find a guy from time to time, but they will always have their eye on the door.
    The only thing to do is have a good root around in their business dealings and investments in other countries. France and the U.K. are quite fond of tax evaders and frauds, and hand out nice custodial sentences.
    Let’s do that next.

    • The one thing that always blew my mind about the NXIVM saga, is the fact that Clare and Sara blew $65 million covering Squarefoot’s gambling debts. Then another $100 million on other “odds and ends”.

      If I inherited that much money and was compelled to spend a large percentage of it, like $150 million, I would probably put $50 directly into a highly reputably, highly transparent charity. The addition $100 million could create a charitable foundation, that could last forever.

      What did these dimwits do?

      – Bought a jet for Squarefoot and Defect.
      – Buy houses for Squarefoot’s inner circle.
      – Cover his commodities losses
      – Spent millions on trying to financially destroy and terrorize Squarefoot’s ex-lovers.
      – Stalked and harassed K. Keefe and many other innocent women.
      – Went into business with criminals like Yuri Plyam
      – Committed immigration fraud to import teenage girls for Squarefoot to have sex with
      – Installed spyware on fathers computer
      – Harassed and filmed father on his death-bed and coerced a heavily drugged up Edgar to “admit” he was wrong about Squarefoot

      That is just what we know about. Imagine what else they may have done!?

        • If you tell the truth for once Scott you will not look like a liar. You may not be bright but people will tolerate you if you tell the truth. Try it.

          • If you tell the truth for once Frank you will not look like a liar. You may not be bright but people will tolerate you if you tell the truth. Try it. LOL

          • Scott immediately comes to mind when I think of Texas. In fact, Scott is the only Texan that I know, but only through his comments. By the way, I really liked the big hat Scott was wearing in one photo. What is this model called? Scott is ideal as a spokesman for Texas hats. Does he have a contract to be an endorser for them? I think he ought to get a contract. He’s such a handsome guy, you just have to like him.

        • Scott,

          Your comments look sort of creepy. Could you please tell us who you are and why you’re typing those comments?

  • Matt Malone implied in Lost Women of Nxivm that they would have killed Kristin Keeffe. I thought it was exaggeration then. Now I am not so sure.

      • Apparently, Sara and her network are capable of having everyone in Libya killed, too.

        What kind of government lets so many horrible private citizens wage war on the world?

  • The fact is Kristin suffered more than anyone. She had his kid and that gave her twice the trouble and fear. The fact that she is alive is a testament to her courage. God bless her.

    • Too bad she slept with him at the time and didn’t see a problem with it. Sure took a lot of years to wise up even BEFORE the Bronfmans arrived.

      • Why so judgemental? You don’t know her, or what he may have been telling her, or anything about the situation. Please don’t pass judgment on things you know zero about. You have heard the one about someone else’s moccasins and walking in them and all that? It’s just a nice thing to not be so judgy.

          • Why are you so hateful? Even though I have strong opinions about the dead enders, I don’t wish anything bad upon them. I hope they wake up and see the wrong they’ve done. I don’t get why people immediately turn a difference in opinion to hatefulness. Maybe I know Kristin and maybe I don’t. But I would be prone to believe her story, cuz it’s been cooberated by several others…peace dude!

  • Frank has been a good friend to those who left NXIVM in many ways.

    His work at exposing Keith Raniere, Nancy Salzman and the rest of the criminal organization put an end to that dangerous Cult.

    Not many Cult get taken down.

    It was Frank who first made DOS public knowledge.

    In doing so, many women who were just joining DOS left before they got into deep.

    I know this because I met with them or talked with them on the phone when they left.

    It was through Frank’s work that this exposure sparked a flame that eventually burned down NXIVM.

    Thank to him, woman like Kristen had a place to go that was safe to get back on her feet.

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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