Keith Raniere, the co-founder of NXIVM, a secretive group in the Albany, N.Y., location that an skilled has called an “severe cult,” was arrested by the FBI in Mexico this week on federal costs of intercourse trafficking and pressured labor, reports the Albany Moments-Union. A legal grievance alleges that Raniere, recognised as “The Vanguard,” took component in forming a secretive team inside of NXIVM in which women of all ages claimed they were being coerced into becoming a member of a slave-grasp club and afterwards branded with a design and style that bundled the initials of Raniere and Allison Mack, an actress and NXIVM affiliate who is discovered in the grievance as an unnamed co-conspirator.
An arrest warrant for Raniere was issued a month ago, and he was taken into custody this week just after Mexican immigration officers served U.S. authorities keep track of him to $10,000-a-week villa near Puerto Vallarta, where he was keeping with numerous women of all ages, federal officers claimed. Raniere flew to Mexico very last November just after U.S. authorities began interviewing witnesses and victims connected with NXIVM and the key club, authorities claimed. He was scheduled to seem in U.S. District Courtroom in Fort Value on Tuesday. Courtroom paperwork cast Raniere as a manipulative determine who overstated his intelligence and systematically exploited women of all ages. Federal prosecutors allege he “has used his daily life profiting from his pyramid schemes and has otherwise gained monetary backing from independently rich women of all ages.”