NEW YORK (AP) - A federal prosecutor says the former spiritual leader of a cult-like self-improvement group was a "con man" and a "crime boss."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza delivered closing arguments on Monday at the trial of Keith Raniere (rah-NEER'-ee).

Penza recounted testimony that Raniere had some of his brainwashed female followers branded with his initials, forced one to have sex with another woman and confined a third to a room for nearly two years for defying his orders.

The prosecutor said he used his NXIVM (NEHK'-see-uhn) organization to "tap into a never-ending flow of women and money."

She said Raniere "was a ruler with no limits and no checks on his power."

Attorneys for Raniere say he had no criminal intent and that his sexual encounters with followers were consensual.

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