In Lauren Salzman's allocution in March 2019, she described DOS and her membership as such:
"On or about January 2017 through June 2017, within the Northern District of New York and elsewhere, I was a member of a secret organization developed by Nexium members that has been identified in the indictment as DOS.
"Pursuant to my association in DOS, I knowingly and intentionally took and withheld property from…two women who are known to me and who were enrolled as lower-ranking DOS members.
"This property was referred to by members in DOS as 'collateral' which consisted of material or information that belonged to these lower-ranking DOS members and which such lower-ranking DOS members would not want revealed because it could be personally damaging or ruinous.
"From January 2017 to June 2017, within the Northern District of New York and elsewhere, I knowingly and intentionally obtained the labor and services in the form of acts of care from [two women] who were lower-ranking DOS members. …I obtained these labor and services… by causing them to believe that if they did not perform requested acts of care, then they could suffer serious harm. The serious harm in this case would be the threat of the release of their collateral.
"The property obtained which was considered collateral included credit card authorizations, sexually explicit photos and videos, and rights to assets and property."more » « less