Clare Bronfman, heir to the Seagram’s liquor fortune, pleaded guilty Friday to harboring an illegal immigrant and enabling credit card fraud related to the infamous upstate New York sex-cult NXIVM, according to reports.
“Your honor, I was afforded a great gift from my grandfather and father,” the heiress said in Brooklyn’s federal court, Page Six reported. “It comes with a greater responsibility to uphold the law.”
In her allocution, she confessed to helping the group use a deceased woman’s credit card and to using a fake work visa to obtain the services of an undocumented worker.
Bronfman agreed not to appeal any prison sentence of under 27 months as part of the plea deal. She also agreed to forfeit $6 million and may have to pay additional restitution.
The alleged sex-cult organization was founded as a “self-help” group. It closed operations in 2018 after the arrest of several leaders on forced labor and sex-trafficking charges.
The case attracted national attention after “Smallville” celebrity Allison Mack pleaded guilty to charges related to her involvement with the group. In addition, it was alleged that 2020 presidential candidate and New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s father lobbied for the group in 2004.
Bronfman’s sentencing will be July 25. She faces a maximum sentence of 25 years for both charges.
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