NXIVM Sex Cult Co-Founder Nancy Salzman Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison

A federal court in Brooklyn has sentenced former president and co-founder of the disgraced self-help group NXIVM Nancy Salzman on Wednesday to three and half years in prison.

Salzman, 66, who came to be known as “Prefect” by members, pleaded guilty in March 2019 to a racketeering charge for hacking into the NXIVM critics’ email accounts from 2003 to 2008 and stealing personal information.

Salzman apologized in court prior to her sentencing for working with the group’s spiritual leader, Keith Raniere, for decades.

Salzman’s attorneys said in a sentencing memorandum that Salzman was “fooled, controlled, humiliated, and ultimately led to engage in criminal conduct” by Raniere whom they called “an egotistical, self-important, sex fiend.”

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said that Salzman left “trauma and destruction” on her victims during her time with NXIVM. He ordered Salzman to also pay a $150,000 fine and report to prison by January 19 next year. The delay is intended to allow her time to recover from an unspecified medical procedure.

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