NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere Proved Guilty – After a nearly six-week trial in Brooklyn federal court, Keith Raniere, the founder and the leader of an alleged the “Nxivm” self-help company, was found guilty Wednesday.
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Keith Raniere, who was known as “Vanguard,” and “the smartest man in the world” by members of the organization he founded, was convicted on all charges, including mistreatment trafficking, forced labor conspiracy, human trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor by a jury of eight men and four women after five hours of deliberations — including abusive exploitation of a child.
Keith Raniere, 58, faces up to life in prison. Keith Raniere’s sentencing is set for Sept. 25.
Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, right after the verdict was made said, “This trial has revealed that Raniere, who portrayed himself as a savant and a genius, was in fact, a master manipulator, a con man and the crime boss of a cult-like organization,” He added, “His crimes, and the crimes of his co-conspirators, ruined marriages, careers, fortunes and lives,” Donoghue said, “The evidence proved that Raniere was truly a modern day Svengali.”
During closing arguments Monday, prosecutor Moira Penza told the jurors that to the outside world, Raniere’s inner circle had tried to manipulate as a “humanitarian, leader, mentor, guru.”
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The guilty verdict represents a remarkable fall for Raniere, who created Nxivm in 2003. The self-help group provided classes to nearly 17,000 people, including prominent figures like “Smallville” actress Allison Mack and Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman.
But within Nxivm, Raniere also ran a secret group known as “DOS” or “The Vow” that functioned like a cult with Raniere at its head. Mack and Bronfman, who were both part of the inner DOS group, pleaded guilty in April to various charges to avoid trial.
“You saw him for what he was, a conman, a predator, a crime boss,” Penza said, adding that Raniere had “tapped into a never-ending flow of women and money” and calling him a “crime boss with no limits and no checks on his power.”
Multiple victims testified they were misled about joining the group and were told it was a “women’s empowerment” group. They later discover they would become “slaves” who would be expected to manipulate and mistreatment with Raniere, send him wrong photos and allow themselves to be branded.
But defense attorney Agnifilo previously told he felt that Raniere firmly believes his ideas are sound, humanitarian ideas.
“He thinks DOS is a good idea and is a pro-woman group. He created it to have women have their own society … where men would play no role,” Agnifilo said.