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Actress turned NXIVM sex cult recruiter prepares for sentencing

Jerry Gretzinger
Updated: June 29, 2021 09:23 PM
Created: June 29, 2021 08:13 PM

Another former leader of NXIVM will soon learn her fate.

Allison Mack, actress turned top recruiter for the Halfmoon-based sex cult, will be sentenced Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn.

NXIVM founder Keith Raniere already got 120 years, and fellow leader Clare Bronfman was sentenced to nearly seven. Both were longer sentences than guidelines recommended.

However, Defense Attorney Steve Coffey, whose firm represented Bronfman for several years, says it may be a different story for Mack. Coffey does not expect she will get anywhere near the 20 years she could face for each of the two charges she pled guilty to. He says that's because Mack has publicly expressed remorse, and was cooperative in the case against Rainiere.

Mack pled to racketeering charges. The level of her cooperation with prosecutors and just how useful it was will play a role in her sentence.

"I don't think he's going to give her probation, but he could end up giving her two or three years," said Coffey. "The federal system you don't know, because when that judge walks out, it's up to him."

While Bronfman pled guilty to charges related to identity theft and immigration fraud, she never apologized to victims, and never denounced Raineire or NXIVM.

Learn about what could be the one wildcard in Mack's sentencing by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.


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