Salzman, 45, has spent the past several years in home confinement. She faced about 7 to 9 years in prison for the charges she pleaded guilty to; however, prosecutors told US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis that her cooperation was “extraordinary” and a big part of securing a conviction against Raniere, who was convicted of racketeering, sex trafficking and other charges in 2019 and was sentenced to 120 years in prison.

In contrast, two other co-conspirators who pleaded guilty in the case have been sentenced. Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conceal and harbor people who were not in the US legally for financial gain, and to fraudulent use of identification. She was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison.

Ahead of her sentencing Wednesday, Salzman wrote a letter addressed to the court in which she apologized to victims.

“I wish I could go back. I wish I could take my participation back. I wish I had been stronger and seen things sooner,” Salzman wrote to the court.

In her sentencing memorandum, Salzman’s attorneys wrote that her mother introduced her to Raniere while in college and that she urged her to take six months of Nxivm “Executive Success Programs” classes to help her figure out what she wanted to do with her life. Salzman went from taking classes to teaching them, she wrote in her letter to the court, and in 24 months she went from an entry-level position to a high-level executive.

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