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Monday November 22, 2010
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In court papers filed Friday, a former high ranking officer of NXIVM depicts the cultlike group as a self-help and ethics school that is secretly a place for its leader to explore opportunities for sex and gambling money, the Albany Times Union reports.

Susan Dones, a trainer who ran the Colonie-based company’s former Tacoma, Wash., center, told a bankruptcy court last week that Keith A. Raniere, the creator of the teachings used in NXIVM’s self-improvement courses, may have motives beyond the education of human potential.

Dones said NXIVM presents Raniere “as the most honest, ethical, Nobel (sic), man who had the answers to mankind’s problems” yet his training sessions are “used as a venue to stalk their students … who might fit into Raniere’s profile of sexual conquest and who might be willing to ‘give’ Raniere money to feed his gambling problem.”

The NXIVM business, also known as Executive Success Programs, treats Raniere, 50, of Clifton Park as its intellectual guru.

Tuesday September 7, 2010
Keith Raniere, NXIVM During most of her 25 months as a student of self-improvement programs run by the Colonie-based NXIVM organization, Becca Friedman felt like she was in a dream, but, she said, it became a dreadful nightmare.

Her story, she said, may be useful to people proposing to join or already studying at NXIVM, something she would not recommend.

Tuesday July 27, 2010
Keith Raniere, NXIVM A motherless, 3-year-old boy is living in near-isolation at an upstate “cult” compound — as the heir of the group’s shady svengali, who feeds off the Seagram’s booze fortune, sources told The New York Post.

He was brought to Keith Raniere — the controversial leader of the Albany-based “behavior modification” group NXIVM that counts two Seagram heiresses among its devotees — by a longtime member who claimed that she was given guardianship when the child’s mother died, sources said.

Monday December 31, 2007
Mike Huckabee is being backed by a bizarre group that has been denounced as a cult, The Post has learned.

Sunday October 21, 2007
Criminal charges have been dropped against a former top adviser to the Colonie-based Nxivm company who was accused of bilking a foundation affiliated with the “human potential” group for thousands of dollars, a spokesman for the District Attorney confirmed Saturday.

Monday October 8, 2007
A motivational group that critics have branded a cult has attracted a galaxy of star students, including a former U.S. surgeon general, the daughter of a Mexican president and a Hollywood actress.

Monday October 1, 2007
In published accounts, ex-members and mental-health professionals call NXIVM a “cult-like” group that uses sensory deprivation, “brainwashing” and other mind-bending tactics – sometimes to the point of psychological breakdowns.

A purported pyramid-scheme operator who was run out of Arkansas when Bill Clinton was governor has reinvented himself as the head of an upstate group accused of being a “cult” – and his devotees have pumped thousands into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential run.

Saturday September 15, 2007
Some Senate Republicans have been getting rides on an aircraft tied to NXIVM, the controversial executive training organization in Halfmoon whose inner circle appears to be getting increasingly involved in politics.

Saturday March 31, 2007
A former adviser for the Colonie-based company was indicted Friday on charges he bilked thousands of dollars from a foundation affiliated with the human development group.

Sunday August 6, 2006
Woman claims stressful, probing conditions used at leadership seminar in Colonie

Monday July 24, 2006
We took a skeptical look at an executive training firm called NXIVM (pronounced nexium), run by a charismatic leader named Keith Raniere. Among Raniere's acolytes were Sara and Clare Bronfman, daughters of Seagram billionaire Edgar Bronfman Sr. and half-sisters of Edgar Bronfman Jr., chief of Warner Music. Himself a former Raniere client, Bronfman Sr. had turned on Raniere, labeling the coaching program a "cult."

Thursday November 3, 2005
Company attorney denies allegations; neighbors concerned about home

Tuesday September 13, 2005
Judge refuses to freeze holdings of businessman who is being sued by company

Thursday August 25, 2005
Self-awareness training firm, 11 other plaintiffs allege former attorney bilked $2.5M

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