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Nancy Salzman exits federal court on Wednesday. Photographer: Paul Frangipane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Nxivm co-founder Nancy Salzman was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on Wednesday for her role in running and enabling the cult that entangled Hollywood figures and subjected members to sexual abuse.

Details: She has been ordered to turn herself in to the authorities on Jan. 19, 2022.

  • Salzman pleaded guilty in March of 2019 to one count of racketeering conspiracy.

Backstory: Salzman served as president of the cultlike self-help organization helmed by Keith Raniere. The criminal aspects of the operation were exposed in 2018, per the DOJ.

  • Salzman pled guilty in March of 2019 for her role in running Nxivm.
  • The prosecution said that Salman helped enable Raniere to gain access to victims, per the DOJ.
  • Salzman's attorneys maintained that Salzman was unaware of Raniere's secret group, DOS, the source of the abuse allegations and focus of the criminal probe.

What they're saying: “I apologize to everyone I hurt, intentionally and not,” Salzman said. “I don’t know that I can ever forgive myself.”

Meanwhile: Raniere was convicted of several charges in 2019 and sentenced to life in prison. He was also ordered to pay $3.4 million in restitution to 21 victims who had been branded with his initials.

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Sep 8, 2021 - Sports

Three retired NFL players plead guilty to health care fraud scheme

Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis during a game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sept. 4, 2008. Photo: Getty Images

Three retired NFL players pleaded guilty to numerous fraud charges related to a nationwide health care fraud scheme, bringing the total number of retired athletes who have pleaded guilty to 15, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.

Driving the news: The three defendants admitted to defrauding the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. The fund, created in 2006, gives tax-free reimbursements of up up to $350,000 per player for out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Ina Fried, author of Login
2 hours ago - Technology

Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

Updated 2 hours ago - World

17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.

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