New York: An American liquor heiress, who was a member of a cult-like organization and also part of an alleged pyramid scheme that involved sex trafficking and racketeering, has pleaded guilty to related charges in a New York federal court. On Friday, Clare Bronfman, the heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conceal and harbour people who were not in the US legally for financial gain and fraudulent use of identification, CNN reported. Along with Bronfman, another woman Kathy Russell also pleaded guilty to one charge of visa fraud.
Bronfman and Russell were indicted in March on racketeering and conspiracy charges as part of the organization known as Nxivm, founded by Keith Raniere, who also was indicted and is now in federal custody. He faces sex trafficking and forced labour charges. Bronfman was a member of the Nxivm executive board. (IANS)
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