Former high-ranking Nxivm member who testified against Keith Raniere will not go to prison

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By Sonia Moghe, CNN

Lauren Salzman, a erstwhile high-ranking subordinate of Nxivm who pleaded blameworthy to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges and testified against laminitis Keith Raniere astatine his 2019 trial, volition debar situation clip aft being sentenced by a national justice to 5 years of probation and 300 hours of assemblage service, a spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York confirmed to CNN.

Salzman, 45, has spent the past respective years successful location confinement. She faced astir 7 to 9 years successful situation for the charges she pleaded blameworthy to; however, prosecutors told US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis that her practice was “extraordinary” and a large portion of securing a condemnation against Raniere, who was convicted of racketeering, enactment trafficking and different charges successful 2019 and was sentenced to 120 years successful prison.

In contrast, 2 different co-conspirators who pleaded blameworthy successful the lawsuit person been sentenced. Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman pleaded blameworthy to conspiracy to conceal and harbor radical who were not successful the US legally for fiscal gain, and to fraudulent usage of identification. She was sentenced to much than 7 years successful national prison.

“Smallville” histrion Allison Mack, who pleaded blameworthy to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges, was sentenced to 3 years successful prison.

Ahead of her sentencing Wednesday, Salzman wrote a missive addressed to the tribunal successful which she apologized to victims.

“I privation I could spell back. I privation I could instrumentality my information back. I privation I had been stronger and seen things sooner,” Salzman wrote to the court.

In her sentencing memorandum, Salzman’s attorneys wrote that her parent introduced her to Raniere portion successful assemblage and that she urged her to instrumentality six months of Nxivm “Executive Success Programs” classes to assistance her fig retired what she wanted to bash with her life. Salzman went from taking classes to teaching them, she wrote successful her missive to the court, and successful 24 months she went from an entry-level presumption to a high-level executive.

“I was 23 years old, and I truly thought I was helping alteration the world,” she wrote.

Her parent told the tribunal that introducing her girl to Nxivm and Raniere is 1 of the astir regrettable things she has done.

“I americium liable for Lauren being earlier you, having endured arrest, prosecution and palmy cooperation, and present facing her ain judgment,” wrote Nancy Salzman, who pleaded blameworthy to 1 number of racketeering conspiracy and is scheduled to beryllium sentenced September 8.

For astir 2 decades, Lauren Salzman went deeper into the radical and her narration with Raniere, which lasted for 17 years. She testified that she stayed successful it due to the fact that she wanted children and Raniere repeatedly had promised they would person a kid together.

“Over time, I person witnessed him summation power successful countless others’ lives and exploit them for his ain ends,” Lauren Salzman wrote.

Correction: An earlier mentation of this communicative incorrectly listed Salzman’s sentence, based connected accusation from the US Attorney’s Office. Salzman has been sentenced to 5 years of probation and assemblage service.

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