DOJ adds additional attorney to NXIVM case – his expertise: prosecuting corrupt public officials!

Oh C’mon Down, All Ye Unfaithful!

By K.R. Claviger

You know that old saying “The best gifts come in small packages”?

Well, as it turns out, that same sentiment may apply to filings in the case of U.S. v. Raniere Et Al.

As accustomed as we’ve become to the very lengthy filings of the attorneys who are defending Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman, Allison Mack, Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman, and Kathy Russellextensive in length, short on substance – it turns out that it’s the pithy little filings that can carry the most weight.

Take, for example, this little gem:

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – X
– against –


– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – X
18-CR-204 (NGG)

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Trowel from this point forward will be added as counsel in the above-captioned matter.
All future correspondence to the United States in the above-captioned matter should also be sent to:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Trowel United States Attorney’s Office (Criminal Division) 271 Cadman Plaza East Brooklyn, NY 11201 Tel: (718) 254-6469 Email:


Not much there, right?

It makes sense, doesn’t it, that the prosecution team would add another attorney – especially since there are more than 20 attorneys representing the current defendants (That figure does not include the other NXIVM-related attorneys who are out there intimidating potential witnesses and obstructing justice)?

So, no big deal…unless…

Unless this particular addition was brought in for a specific reason.

So, who is this Kevin Trowel – and why was he brought in to serve on the prosecution team in this case?

Understandably, the Department of Justice does not provide detailed organizational charts of its staff. After all, most of these are noble public servants out there prosecuting some really bad people.

But what we do know from its website is that the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) has three Divisions: Appeals, Civil, and Criminal.

And, digging a little deeper on that same website, we also find out that the Criminal Division has nine sections:
– Business and Securities Fraud
– National Security and Cybercrime
– Public Integrity
– Organized Crime and Gangs*
– International Narcotics and Money Laundering
– Civil Rights
– General Crimes
– Long Island Criminal Division
– Forfeiture Practice**
* Moira Kim Penza and Tanya Hajjar are from the Organized Crimes and Gangs Section – and ** Karin K. Orenstein is from the Forfeiture Practice Section. All three of these women are part of the prosecution team in the case of the U.S. v. Raniere Et Al.

So, what about Kevin Trowel? What area of criminal prosecution does he specialize in?

Well, thanks to Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the two guys who invented Google back in 1996, we quickly learn that Mr. Trowel appears to be part of the EDNY’s Public Integrity Section.

So, why do you suppose Mr. Trowel has been added to the case of the U.S. v. Raniere Et Al?

Well, maybe it’s because there’s a been real drop-off in public integrity crimes in New York State – and he has a lot of time on his hands. Umm…No, on second thought, that can’t be the reason why.

Or maybe it’s because President Trump has issued an Executive Order that prohibits the DOJ from prosecuting any public officials for the next couple of years. That’s plausible – but unlikely.

Or maybe it’s because the DOJ has finally decided to take a look at the various “public officials” who aided and abetted the NXIVM criminal enterprise for the past twenty years – and the various intermediaries who helped broker those deals.

So, hypothetically speaking, what public officials and intermediaries might get a chance to meet Mr. Trowel sometime in the next few months? Well, here are a few candidates:

As Monty Hall would say, “C’mon down…”

[Let me point out that all of these officials named below are respected in their fields. It is just that somehow, one way or another, they have each helped the NXIVM crime syndicate accomplish its destructive ends. That may be accidental or intentional or somewhere in between. But the fact is that a Public Integrity DOJ lawyer is on the case now says a lot. The tip of the iceberg.]

Public Officials:
P. David Soares – Albany County District Attorney
David Rossi – Assistant Albany County District Attorney
Vadim Thomas – Special Agent In Charge, Albany, NY FBI Office
Andrew Vales – Former Special Agent In Charge, Albany, NY FBI Office
Grant C. Jaquith – U.S. Attorney, Northern District of New York
Richard Hartunian – Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of New York
Peter A. Lynch – Albany County Supreme Court Judge
Holly A. Trexler – Albany City Court Judge (Former Albany County Special District Attorney)
Karen A. Heggen – Saratoga County District Attorney
James Murphy – Saratoga County Judge (Former Saratoga County District Attorney)
Kevin T. Gagan – Counsel, New York State Police
Rodger Kirsopp – Senior Investigator, New York State Police

Steve Coffey – O’Connell & Aronowitz
Mike McDermott – O’Connell & Aronowitz
Pamela A. Nichols – O’Connell & Aronowitz

Also not to be forgotten:

William Savino – Woods Oviatt

And perhaps the most significant:

Anthony Bruce – Former Assistant US Attorney, Western District of New York


Things are obviously moving now in this case – and a superseding indictment or two may be under this year’s Christmas tree.

But, as that old saying goes, “It ain’t over till the skinny DOS lady sings”.


Here’s the official description of the Public Integrity Section from the EDNY’s website:

Public Integrity
The Public Integrity Section investigates and prosecutes public officials at all levels of government, whether elected or appointed, who would further their own interests in violation of the public trust. It regularly partners with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to bring cases aimed at protecting taxpayers’ funds by identifying fraud and abuse in public contracting. The Section’s recent cases have involved a broad spectrum of misconduct by public officials and misuse of public funds, including the indictment of a New York Assemblyperson for theft of public funds from a not-for-profit and obstruction of justice, the conviction of a New York State Senator for obstruction of justice and making false statements, the conviction of a former Assistant District Attorney for conducting illegal wiretaps, the conviction of a federal prison guard for sexually assaulting an individual in custody and the conviction of two school officials in a multi-million dollar federal program fraud. The Section applies the full array of investigative techniques to its ongoing investigations.



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  • Frank I noticed you did not post today. Please make sure you keep consistent posting to keep eyeballs on your site. Also I have been following this soap-opera of news story daily.
    My favorite part is that if that evil little hobbit had only left you alone none of this would be happening lol. Your story not Sarah or anyone’s else should be the book and movie. Your the one that brought that little prick to justice. Don’t mess with Paisano.

    Keith liked to talk about “fuck toys” ? Now in a little over a year he is going to be one in prison. LOL

  • Nancy Salzman still has her website up and running along with a video touting her helpful services to align you with your ideal purpose in life.

    Someone might wish to explain to her hosting service she is under indictment by EDNY for fraud, money laundering and sex trafficking and mention to them they could face the possibility of indictment for fraud since they are promoting her.

  • What it takes to destroy widespread political corruption in local government.

    Albany, and Saratoga counties are in for a long hard brutal fight.

    I lived through this story and I know these people first hand.

    Louise Marshall
    Nick LoBue had ties to organized crime and was a dangerous character.

    The Chicago Heights mob boss Albert Tocco was involved in the murder of Anthony Spilotro and his brother Michael.

    Joe Pesci played Spilotro in the movie Casino.
    The scene in Casino where a man’s head is placed in a vise and squeezed is based on a real murder.

    In 1988 the FBI started investigating corruption in Chicago Heights, Illinois and Bloom Township.
    Over the next 8 years the Mayor of Chicago Heights, most of the City Council, the Deputy Police Chief. several police officers and the Bloom Township Supervisor were all hauled into US Court and figuratively emasculated.


    Albany and Saratoga counties will not be cleaned up until all of the corrupt Judges, Prosecutors, Politicians and Cops are hauled into Federal Court and emasculated.

    • Bravo!

      This is a very useful and insightful track to follow!

      Why not stay on this and be a great investigative reporter?

  • Mike McDermott is the one guy who can take down both David Soares and O’Connell & Aronowitz. Get in touch with Mr. Trowel ASAP, Mikey, or plan to get indicted, convicted, disbarred and incarcerated.

  • The wheels of justice may seem to spin too slowly for some but they do keep spinning. This case just keeps gaining momentum. NXIVM’s umbrella was so big and keeping it looking legitimate took a lot of people but it’s being turned inside out now. This is very good news.

  • This appointment is absolutely needed. A complete accounting on Nx misdeeds and their co-conspirators in politics, state and local government and agencies such as the NY State Police are necessary to restore integrity and accountability. This investigation could be deep and profound and it is welcomed. Without help from others Nx could not have enforced the intimidation and white washing they unleashed.

    Any souls dedicated to research on this site who wish to set up a preliminary road map would be an aid.

  • Well done Frankie. Nice to see your blog back on its game after far too many waste of space and life entries. Look back on my posts when I posted here a bit more frequently as I touched on the major direction this was headed.

    • Oh! and don’t forget Hanukkah, Heidi ! (Dec 2 – Dec 10) I didn’t get circumcised for nothing !

  • This is fantastic!

    DOJ must be very confident in their abilities to getting the job done, to go after the ones who deliberately didn’t in the past. YESSSSS!

  • Ruh-roh number 2!!!

    There are some people that are going to be watching over their shoulders for sure!!!

    Especially Rodger Kirsopp and Anthony Bruce. Frank, do we need an indictment Bingo sheet?

    Maybe some of these folks will attempt get-a-ways to Puerto Vallarta or Provence, France. Maybe that is why Sara Bronfman had her resort in France completely booked January 2019-June 2019. She’s on the Fiends and Family plan.

    • I’ve always been surprised that this one fact alone hasn’t gotten this case more media attention:

      “Bronfman is out on a $100 million bond on money laundering and identity theft charges in the explosive NXIVM case.”

      How many suspects are required to put up 100 MILLION DOLLARS!?

  • Enjoy your Christmas, Rodger. This might be the last one you get to spend with your family for a while.

  • This is already Gossip Topic #1 at the Albany County Courthouse. Lots of people here think that the O&A people are going to be out of that firm in the very near future.

  • I hope the massive settlement that John Tighe should be getting from NYS for his blatently fabricated prosecution is enough to cover his medical needs.

  • Let’s hope…….

    The possible/probable corrupt involvement of public officials is the worst aspect of this case.

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