Bronfman, Salzman and two more charged with federal crimes in NXIVM probe
ALBANY — A superseding indictment unsealed Tuesday charged several top members of the secretive NXIVM organization with running a criminal enterprise that engaged in crimes including money laundering, extortion and obstruction of justice.
The criminal case against NXIVM co-founder Keith Raniere and television actress Allison Mack now includes NXIVM’s president, Nancy Salzman, and her daughter Lauren, along with Clare Bronfman, the organization’s operations director and an heiress of the Seagram’s liquor empire. Kathy Russell, a longtime bookkeeper for NXIVM, also was indicted.
Federal agents in Albany arrested Salzman and her daughter along with Russell early Tuesday. Bronfman was taken into custody by federal agents in New York City.
The seven-count superseding indictment charges the six defendants with crimes that also included identity theft, harboring of aliens for financial gain, forced labor, sex trafficking and wire fraud.
Billionaire Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman pleads not guilty to Nxivm sex cult charges and is forced to wear ankle monitor after posting $100MILLION bail
The woman who helped fund Nxivm and the group’s leader Keith Raniere with her family fortune has entered a not guilty plea in court.
Clare Bronfman, the heir to a multi-billion dollar liquor fortune and step-daughter of British actor Nigel Havers, is accused of racketeering conspiracy in the new superseding indictment in the case.
On Tuesday afternoon, Bronfman posted $100 million bail and was allowed to walk free from court after agreeing to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet.