NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman sentenced to three and a half years
Nancy Salzman, co-founder of the controversial self-improvement group, the multi-level marketing organization and the so-called sex cult NXIVM, has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
Salzman, 66, pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy in 2019. Prosecutors recommended that Salzman serve about three and a half years in prison, while his lawyers pushed the subpoena for two years. residence instead of the prison sentence.
Former NXIVM president Nancy Salzman was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for her role in the cult-type organization. The submission date is set for January 2022. History to follow @CourthouseNews
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Salzman’s conviction comes months after NXIVM’s second-in-command Allison Mack was sentenced to three years and fined $ 20,000 after pleading guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges herself . Last October, NXIVM’s enigmatic frontman Keith Raniere was sentenced to a cumulative 120 years in prison after being convicted in the spring of 2019 of seven counts, including sex trafficking, racketeering, wire fraud conspiracy and conspiracy. view of committing sex trafficking.
“I am horrified and ashamed to have promoted… him,” Salzman told court, according to the New York Daily News.
Salzman, a former nurse, met Raniere and helped him found NXIVM in the 90s. The group claimed to focus on wellness and self-help, attracting top clients like Mack (a star of the CW show Small city), the daughter of Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg and Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman (last year Bronfman was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for identity theft and immigration fraud). Within NXIVM, Raniere was accused of leading an all-female secretive group called DOS, where the women involved were reportedly known as “slaves” and Raniere their “grandmaster”. DOS members were reportedly forced to have sex with Raniere and send her explicit photos of themselves.
Known within NXIVM as “Prefect”, Salzman is said to have been an integral part of NXIVM’s operations, as well as a confidant and protector of Raniere. In a New York Times interview, Alejandro Betancourt, nine-year NXIVM board member, said: “Nancy was Keith’s facilitator.
Ivy Nevares, a victim of NXIVM, submitted a statement on Salzman’s conviction, which read in part: “Having trained as a psychiatric nurse, Salzman knew my condition but did nothing to help me. Instead, she used my suffering against me, using it as additional justification for her abuse and exploitation. She may claim to be contrite today, but Your Honor, imagine the woman in this room performing these unspeakable acts while being self-righteous. It is the Nancy Salzman that I knew. It was Nancy Salzman who almost destroyed me.
Salzman, however, does not appear to have been involved in the DOS sect; her attorneys argued that she was not even aware until it became public and pointed out that prosecutors admitted it as well (per CNN). Salzman’s attorneys have said she accepts responsibility for “allowing the horrific crimes committed by Raniere” and “feels the burden of responsibility for not making herself more aware of the enormity of what” Vanguard ”Raniere was the head of NXIVM, an entity she had co-founded with him and it was her life’s work.
Salzman’s daughter Lauren was also charged and pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy. However, she avoided jail in part because she testified against Raniere during her trial.