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NXIVM leader being arraigned Friday

April 12, 2018 06:32 PM

NXIVM leader Keith Raniere will be arraigned in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday. He's being represented by Albany attorney and former county prosecutor Paul DerOhannesian.

NewsChannel 13 is learning more about what was taken from the Halfmoon house of NXIVM President Nancy Salzman.

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The Times Union reports FBI agents seized more than $520,000 in cash, mostly stuffed in bags, envelopes and shoeboxes.

Court papers say Raniere had women sexually groomed for him and some were branded with his initials.

Court papers filed in opposition to Raniere's release on any condition, detail a secret society within NXIVM called "Dos" or "The Vow," in which women were recruited to be slaves and had to provide damaging information that could be used against them.

Also according to court documents, Raniere, who liked to be called "The Vanguard," had a long history of abusing women and girls.

Prosecutors say he's backed by Seagram's heiress Clare Bronfman and has access to millions of dollars in a bank account in a dead lover's name.

The government says the evidence against Raniere is very strong, with more than a dozen women interviewed, plus many other witnesses.


More information:

NXIVM documents

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