A federal judge ordered Keith Raniere to pay Nxivm victims funds to remove branding and receive mental health services
A federal judge has ordered Nxivm founder Keith Raniere to pay a total of $3.46 million in restitution to 21 victims due to his crimes involving sex trafficking and racketeering, according to CNN.
During a restitution hearing on Tuesday, Raniere, 60 — who appeared in court virtually from prison — was ordered by U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who presided over Raniere’s trial, to pay funds to victims who were in an all-female group called DOS, characterized by many as a sex cult.
Investigators said that Raniere, who was known as “Vanguard” to his followers, occupied the top of the DOS pyramid, with tiers of female “slaves,” each of whom could become a “master” to slaves beneath them. Prosecutors said DOS members were held down and branded with Raniere’s initials just below their bikini lines.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Garaufis ordered Raniere to pay $2,500 to victims who were branded in order to cover the costs of having them removed and additional restitution payments to victims for mental health services due to his “psychological torture,” CNN reports.