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Nancy Salzman is about to be sentenced in July

The co-founder of a suspected US intercourse cult has pleaded responsible to committing racketeering offences.

Nancy Salzman, 65, informed a courtroom in New York she had stolen e mail addresses of critics of Nxivm group and tempered with video proof.

Ms Salzman, generally known as Prefect within the group, is because of be sentenced in July.

Feminine recruits of Nxivm had been allegedly branded with the initials of the group’s non secular chief Keith Raniere and coerced into having intercourse with him.

Investigators say the organisation is a sex-trafficking operation disguised as a mentoring group.

Keith Raniere himself was arrested by the FBI in Mexico final 12 months. His defence group says the alleged sexual relationships had been consensual.

In all, six folks – together with a liquor heiress and an actress – are going through legal prices as a part of an ongoing inquiry.

On its web site Nxivm (pronounced nexium) describes itself as a “neighborhood guided by humanitarian rules that search to empower folks and reply vital questions on what it means to be human”.

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Primarily based in Albany, New York, the group was based as Government Success Packages in 1998 and says it has labored with greater than 16,000 folks.

Members of the group are reported to incorporate the son of a former Mexican president and Hollywood actresses.

Federal prosecutors allege Mr Raniere oversaw a “slave and grasp” system inside the group.

Based on the group’s web site, it has suspended enrolment and occasions due to the “extraordinary circumstances going through the corporate at the moment”.