The former bookkeeper for accused upstate sex cult Nxivm is moving to Georgia — because she can’t find work in New York, according to new court documents.
Brooklyn federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis signed off on Kathy Russell’s relocation to the Peach State and is even allowing her to head south without her ankle bracelet, the papers say.
Russell, 62, pleaded guilty last month to visa fraud, admitting she knowingly presented phony documents to the Mexican consulate to bring a Nxivm member to the US under false pretenses.
When the bookkeeper was arrested in July 2018, Garaufis told her she needed to find a new employer.
“She’s gotta branch out,” he said at the time.
Russell’s letter indicated that “she does not have a reliable source of income in Albany” and will move in with relatives in Georgia to get back on her feet.
The bean-counter faces up to 10 years in prison, but guidelines recommend she be sentenced to six to 12 months for her admitted crime.
The papers indicate Russell will move out of state “on or about June 1, 2019.” She’s scheduled for sentencing in New York on July 31.
Russell last month joined the exodus of other charged Nxivm members who opted to plead guilty ahead of trial — leaving alleged cult leader Keith Raniere to stand trial alone on various charges, including racketeering conspiracy, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy.
Opening statements in his case are scheduled for May 7.
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