Billionaire heiress Clare Bronfman arrested on racketeering conspiracy charges with Nxivm members 

The woman who helped fund Nxivm and the group’s leader Keith Raniere with her family fortune has been arrested and is set to be indicted on federal charges Tuesday afternoon.

Clare Bronfman, the heir to a multi-billion dollar liquor fortune, is accused of racketeering conspiracy in the new superseding indictment in the case.

That indictment also accuses Nancy Salzman, her daughter Lauren and Nxivm bookkeeper Kathy Russell of the same offenses.   

This brings the total number of members arrested to six, with leader Keith Raniere and his right-hand woman Allison Mack having already been indicted back in May.   

‘Raniere and his inner circle, including the defendants Clare Bronfman, Allison Mack, Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman and Kathy Russell also known as “Prefect,” and others known and unknown, comprised an organized criminal enterprise (the “Enterprise”), reads the new indictment.

‘The principal purpose ofthe Enterprise was to obtain financial and personal benefits for the members of the Enterprise by promoting the defendant Keith Raniere, also known as “Vanguard,” and by recruiting new members into the Pyramid Organizations. 

‘By promoting Raniere and recruiting others into the Pytu-id Organizations, the members ofthe Enterprise expected to receive financial opportunities and increased power and status within the Enterprise.’

Among the criminal offenses that members of this group allegedly carried out are ‘identity theft, harboring of aliens for financial gain, extortion, forced labor, sex trafficking, money laundering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.’

Bronfman is not accused of sex trafficking. 

It was however Bronfman and her sister Sara who helped woo Allison Mack when she considered joining the group according to multiple sources who previously spoke with

Mack was also aggressively recruited in hopes that she would become their Tom Cruise-like figure and publicize the group much like the actor had done with Scientology.

The Bronfmans helped with this by flying Mack private, all part of the $150 million the two have allegedly put into Nxivm over the past two decades.