World News – US – Seagram heir Clare Bronfman sentenced to 81 months in Nxivm Cult case


Clare Bronfman – benefactor of Nxivm founder Keith Raniere and heir to Seagram liquor – became the first accused convicted in connection with the marketing company’s man in the trafficking and sexual abuse case

Charged with identity theft and immigration fraud, she was sentenced to 81 months – six years and nine months – in prison for conspiracy to conceal and harbor foreigners for financial gain and use fraudulent personal identification information Judge also imposed a fine of $ 500,000 and restitution of $ 96,605 paid to victim « Jane Doe 12 »

According to the US District Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, nine people have made statements about the impact of the victims on Bronfman’s involvement in the Raniere-led cult and how it hurt them

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Wednesday’s long-awaited hearing was the first opportunity for survivors and former members of Nxivm to speak to the judge It was also the first major conviction inside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse since the forced lockdown coronavirus

In August, the US Brooklyn prosecutor’s office asked the judge to sentence Bronfman to five years in prison, arguing that Raniere could not have committed the crimes without his financial support

Bronfman’s attorneys say the accused was unaware of human trafficking and sexual abuse within the Bronfman group pleaded guilty to two felonies involving identity theft and fraud immigration, and as per its plea deal was $ 6 million

One of the victims who gave a statement, Susan Dones, said during the sentencing: « I pray that you remove Keith Raniere’s claws and that you learn who Clare Bronfman really is, » according to the New York Times

Founded in 1998, Albany, NOui based Nxivm was marketed as a workshop to help successful people flourish Over 18,000 members have taken its courses which cost thousands of dollars

The company is back in the spotlight after the launch of HBO’s documentary series, « The Vow, » which chronicles how its members escaped organization The series, from directors Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, follows a number of survivors and others deeply involved in unpacking the case

Prominent members of Nxivm included Hollywood actors, business executives and professional athletes Former « Smallville » star Allison Mack, one of the company’s top recruiters, pleaded guilty to charges racketeering last April and awaits his conviction

After Bronfman and four leaders of the organization pleaded guilty in June 2019, Raniere was the only defendant to stand trial, resulting in his conviction for racketeering, sex trafficking and other crimes Prosecutors said Raniere created a secret group of women wearing his initials and groomed to be his sexual partners

Prosecutors have asked the judge to sentence Raniere to life imprisonment His sentencing is scheduled for October 27, and the sentencing of the other defendants has not yet been scheduled

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World news – United States – Seagram Heir Clare Bronfman sentenced to 81 months in case Nxivm Cult



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