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TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau gets 10-year sentence
Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2014 | MICHAEL TARM

Posted on 03/17/2014 7:08:00 PM PDT by opentalk

CHICAGO (AP) - Best-selling author Kevin Trudeau, whose name became synonymous with late-night TV pitches, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for bilking consumers through ubiquitous infomercials for his book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About."

As he imposed the sentence prosecutors had requested, U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman portrayed the 50-year-old Trudeau as a habitual fraudster going back to his early adulthood. So brazen was Trudeau, the judge said, he once even used his own mother's Social Security number in a scheme.

... defense attorney Tom Kirsch said the harm Trudeau caused was minor compared to fraud in which some people are cheated out of their life savings. …"A 10-year sentence might be appropriate for a defendant who destroyed lives," Kirsch said. "(But) Trudeau - if he swindled anyone - swindled them out of $30 (the price of the book)."

(Excerpt) Read more at wset.com ...


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KEYWORDS: alternativehealth; diet; fda; trudeau
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1 posted on 03/17/2014 7:08:00 PM PDT by opentalk
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Federal conviction which means no parole. 10 years is more time than a lot of pedos get.


2 posted on 03/17/2014 7:09:56 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: opentalk

this is Obamacare coverin it’s ass


3 posted on 03/17/2014 7:10:01 PM PDT by advertising guy
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To: opentalk

HA HA dip chit


4 posted on 03/17/2014 7:10:36 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: opentalk

Trudeau is a total sleazeball, charlatan, and liar. That said, 10 years is way over the top for writing nonsense and selling snake oil.


5 posted on 03/17/2014 7:16:33 PM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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instead, he should have become a member of the American medical association. then he could have gotten paid at 25k a shot, where he could cut 90% of a persons stomach away, cut the small intestine in half, and take the bottom end and reroute to the 10% of the stomach that is left, where he could then cut a hole in that new stomach, and stick the intestine in it.
instead, he decided to sell a diet book.


6 posted on 03/17/2014 7:17:06 PM PDT by willywill
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To: opentalk

Just because the medical authorities say something is quackery doesn’t make it so. After all, they wrote the book on quackery.


7 posted on 03/17/2014 7:17:57 PM PDT by Seruzawa (Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for good a blaster kid.)
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To: cdcdawg

hey smartass....ever read a single book of his ?


8 posted on 03/17/2014 7:19:34 PM PDT by advertising guy
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To: al baby

I respect you.....I’ll just pass


9 posted on 03/17/2014 7:20:09 PM PDT by advertising guy
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To: opentalk

“As he imposed the sentence prosecutors had requested, U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman portrayed the 50-year-old Trudeau as a habitual fraudster going back to his early adulthood. So brazen was Trudeau, the judge said, he once even used his own mother’s Social Security number in a scheme.”

wonder if the good judge would have such harsh words for the illegal immigrant whom stole a SS number?


10 posted on 03/17/2014 7:20:18 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: opentalk

11 posted on 03/17/2014 7:21:37 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: cdcdawg

“Trudeau is a total sleazeball, charlatan, and liar.”

Sounds like the perfect spokesman for the man-made climate change crock!


12 posted on 03/17/2014 7:22:26 PM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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To: opentalk

He is the Memory Expert.


13 posted on 03/17/2014 7:22:49 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: advertising guy

Yes. Natural Cures ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About. Got any other questions, dumbass?


14 posted on 03/17/2014 7:24:07 PM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: opentalk

15 posted on 03/17/2014 7:24:33 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: machogirl

Or Corzine $1.2 billion theft


16 posted on 03/17/2014 7:24:49 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: cdcdawg
Trudeau is a total sleazeball, charlatan, and liar.

IOW, the perfect Democrat.

17 posted on 03/17/2014 7:26:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: lodi90

It sure is! that guy in Montana got 30 days!


18 posted on 03/17/2014 7:26:18 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: advertising guy

i was given one of his books as a Christmas present years ago. I never made it past the first paragraph in the preface and tossed it into the trash where it was obvious it belonged.


19 posted on 03/17/2014 7:26:45 PM PDT by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: opentalk

Look for his new book..

10-year prison diets on the cheap


20 posted on 03/17/2014 7:26:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Tucker39

No, Trudeau isn’t in their league.


21 posted on 03/17/2014 7:26:58 PM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: cdcdawg

yeah smartass...take anything from the book you said you read ?


22 posted on 03/17/2014 7:27:19 PM PDT by advertising guy
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To: opentalk

Trudeau violated court orders to pay a $37 million fine for alleged false marketing claims. The judge told him, “You can’t talk your way out of this.”

9/20/13

CHICAGO — A judge in Chicago has released Kevin Trudeau from jail after the infomercial pitchman spent the night behind bars for violating court orders to pay a more than $37 million fine.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that as Judge Robert Gettleman freed the 50-year-old, he warned Trudeau he’s on a “tight leash” and could be jailed again next week.

Trudeau insists he’s penniless and can’t pay the fine that stems from allegedly false claims made in his weight-loss book.

A court-appointed receiver told the judge that Trudeau insists he can’t remember basic aspects about his assets, including which banks some of his accounts are in.

To counter Trudeau’s claim he’s destitute, Federal Trade Commission lawyers Wednesday presented evidence he’s spent $920 on cigars and $359 on two haircuts.

http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/infomercial-king-kevin-trudeau-out-of-jail-after-a-day?ocid=tbmsnnews/tumblr


23 posted on 03/17/2014 7:27:43 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: lodi90

I don’t like the guy...think he’s full of B.S. but meanwhile John Corzine walks free.

Heard on the radio tonight that a bunch of Philadelphia politicians of a certain color were caught red handed accepting bribes ....lots of documentation...and some new state attorney general had thrown the case out saying it’s “racist”.

And on and on and on.....

Kevin Trudeau should be discredited for sure but this sentence is ridiculous. Guess he forgot to bribe the appropriate rats.


24 posted on 03/17/2014 7:28:45 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: opentalk

Wow, I remember they went after Don Lapre and he ended up killing himself. “Jest aydvertising in neeeeewspypers I made millions of dollersss!” What’s ironic is Democrats do the same exact thing on a daily basis and force the public to buy their snake oil or be “fined”.


25 posted on 03/17/2014 7:29:47 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: opentalk

Trudeau’s activities have been the subject of both criminal and civil action. He was convicted of larceny and credit card fraud in the early 1990s, and in 1998 he was sued by U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for making false or misleading claims in infomercials promoting his book The Weight-Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About. In 2004, he settled that action, by agreeing to pay a $500,000 fine and consenting to a lifetime ban on promoting products other than his books via infomercials.

On Nov. 29, 2011, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $37.6 million fine levied against him for violating that 2004 settlement. Additionally, on remand, the district court modified its final order, requiring that he post a $2 million bond before engaging in future infomercial advertising. In April 2013 he was reported to have filed for bankruptcy to avoid fines and stay further Federal prosecution.

In September and October 2013, he was twice briefly jailed for continued failure to pay fines related to his conviction, pleading poverty while continuing to live a lavish lifestyle. In November 2013, Trudeau was convicted of criminal contempt and incarcerated. On March 17, 2014, Trudeau was sentenced to 10 years in jail stemming for his November 2013 conviction of criminal contempt.


26 posted on 03/17/2014 7:30:41 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Aria

Corzines son killed himself last week and the arse kissing Corzine got was unreal. Not his son, HIM. Hey he only stole $1.6 BILLION but let’s kiss HIS arse not his son who probably went through hell being related to that subhuman piece of pig filth.


27 posted on 03/17/2014 7:32:11 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: opentalk

His new book about prison: Painful Things I Don’t Want You To Know About


28 posted on 03/17/2014 7:32:26 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked..." - BHO)
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To: opentalk

Kevin Trudeau
Yesterday

The time has come. I get sentenced Monday, March 17th. The hearing starts at 2pm Chicago time. It will be an interesting day to say the least. The government will tell the Judge how horrible a person I am. They will call me a liar, a con man, a fraudster, motivated by greed, and say every bad thing that they can say about me. They will say the Weight Loss Cure book is totally worthless. They will say every book, cd program, and seminar I ever produced is worthless and full of lies. They will show private personal email excerpts to and from my wife, and several female friends. I ask for forgiveness to those who may be embarrassed by the Government showing those emails. Please love and support those innocent people that the Government tries to hurt and embarrass, and send love (do not be angry or upset) to those from the Government who are showing the private emails. The emails may show the roller coaster range of emotions I have personally dealt with while I have been incarcerated. They will show me as being human. As you know, negative emotions tell you that your alignment is off. When I first got here, I experienced them all...sadness, loneliness, fear, anxiety etc. I used those emotions to correct my thinking and get back into alignment, which is always a work in progress. You always feel the most intense emotions with those who are close to you, with me it is my wife. I have done much venting with her via email and let a lot out! She has been so supportive. They will take everything out of context to make me look as bad as possible. Imagine having someone say half truths and lies about you, constantly saying horrible things about you. Some of you know what it feels like if you went through a nasty divorce. It can be very painful. It can make you mad, depressed, and want to lash out. Because you know what is being said about you is not true, or distorted, taken out of context or misleading.

What I will do at sentencing is sit there, and send them all unconditional love. I will turn the other cheek. It is easy to love someone who loves you. You need to love people WITHOUT condition. You need to love people when they HATE you, lie about you, say horrible things about you, try to hurt you, and attack you. (even though it can be painful and embarrassing) You can be kind to people who are kind to you, and be kind to people who are unkind to you, ONLY IF kindness is your nature. I am working on making unconditional love and kindness my nature, more and more each day. Monday will be a wonderful day for me, as I get to show (energetically) my true nature, which is becoming more unconditional loving than ever, and totally accepting without condition. (a constant work in progress!) I will turn the other cheek. I am human, thus I am flawed, as we all are. I have made mistakes in the past and I take responsibility for all my actions. I am still learning and still the student. Yet I know God (Source, the Universe) unconditionally loves and accepts me even with my weaknesses, flaws, and mistakes. I will be sentenced by Judge Guzman. Whatever the sentence it, I will be thankful. I know the Universe (God) will allow me to be free from prison at the perfect time for my highest good. Today I am at peace. Monday, no matter what happens and no matter what the sentence is, I will still be at peace, because peace is my nature.(still a work in progress!) Much love to you all, and thank you all for your unconditional love and support.

https://www.facebook.com/TheKevinTrudeau


29 posted on 03/17/2014 7:33:02 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: opentalk
Never heard of him.
The dude looks coked up.


30 posted on 03/17/2014 7:33:14 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: advertising guy

How is it relevant if our fellow freeper read a single book of his.

Evidently the authorities did and, based upon a fair trial, they considered it enough of a fraud to send this fraudster back to jail. Again.

And by the way, if I remember correctly, they let him out for good behavior under the condition that keep making his restitution payments. He stopped, claiming he couldn’t, but managed to spend tens of thousands of dollars living it up.

So why are you coming to this convict’s defense?

Couldn’t have anything to do with someone lying in their “advertising’ and ending up roomies with Bubba, could it?

If so, that’s some pretty thin skin you’ve got, Advertising Guy


31 posted on 03/17/2014 7:34:47 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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for making false or misleading claims..

Much like this guy who is now worth $500 million even though he hasn't held one single solitary 9-5 job in 13 years.


32 posted on 03/17/2014 7:35:29 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: opentalk

The new White House spokesman.


33 posted on 03/17/2014 7:35:49 PM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: opentalk

This guy sells a crappy book and now I have to pay for his upkeep?

The other jamoke was every night on national TV; always with a line of BS like “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan...”


34 posted on 03/17/2014 7:36:15 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: opentalk

should qualify him for an Obama Administration Position.


35 posted on 03/17/2014 7:36:38 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: advertising guy

Yes, that I would need to subscribe to his website to get the really super secret natural cures that they REALLY don’t want me to know about.


36 posted on 03/17/2014 7:37:11 PM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: opentalk

This issue isn’t whether a fraudster, who was convicted before for similar charges, should be in jail for 10 years.

The issue is that we should be sending all fraudsters to jail, including those connected with the DNC and TPTB.


37 posted on 03/17/2014 7:37:20 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: opentalk

So when does Algore go to prison?


38 posted on 03/17/2014 7:38:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

again...have you read a book of his ?


39 posted on 03/17/2014 7:39:07 PM PDT by advertising guy
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To: lodi90

The SFO of Enron who was the mastermind of the Enron pyramid scheme got 6 years.


40 posted on 03/17/2014 7:39:11 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

There ya go.


41 posted on 03/17/2014 7:39:57 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: opentalk

The New York state Consumer Protection Board warns those who follow Kevin Trudeau’s advice to call a toll-free number for information that Trudeau is selling their name and contact information to telemarketers and junk mailers.

Some of Trudeau’s customers have also complained of unexpected charges for his newsletter and discount purchase programs. (10/28/05)

Trudeau’s troubles with the FTC continue. The FTC charges that Trudeau “deceptively claimed” in infomercials that the weight-loss plan outlined in his latest book is “easy to do, can be done at home, and ultimately allows readers to eat whatever they want.” The diet actually “requires severe dieting,” daily injections of a prescription drug not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for weight loss, and “lifelong dietary restrictions.”* Read the FTC press release of Sept. 14, 2007.

During the early 1990s, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Trudeau served nearly two years in prison. In 1990, he pled guilty to larceny in a Cambridge, Massachusetts, state court in connection with $80,000 in worthless checks he had deposited at a bank. The sentencing memorandum said that he had posed as a doctor to increase his credibility with bank officials. In 1991, he pled guilty to credit-card fraud in Boston federal district court. Among his misdeeds in the federal case, he misappropriated for his own use the credit-card numbers of customers of the memory-improvement courses that he offered at the time. (Barrett 2004)

In the credit card swindle, he defrauded American Express out of $122,735.68. He also swindled about five grand from several banks, including Chemical and Citibank. The Smoking Gun has posted a copy of the indictment.

Presumably, Nutrition for Life International Inc. (NFLI) knew about Trudeau’s past when it took him on as a business partner. NFLI, an MLM outfit specializing in such things as shark cartilage capsules and other equally beneficial nutritional supplies went into bankruptcy in 2003,* but not before making Trudeau and some other investors very rich.

http://www.skepdic.com/trudeau.html


42 posted on 03/17/2014 7:41:03 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: opentalk

Trudeau, that’s a French name isn’t it? Did he immediately surrender to the authorities?


43 posted on 03/17/2014 7:41:11 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: opentalk
Step right up....
44 posted on 03/17/2014 7:41:49 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: advertising guy

Again, it’s completely irrelevant if I or anyone else on this thread has.

A court of law found him guilty.

Period.

And this wasn’t his first conviction.

Off to the slammer he goes.

I only wish Corzine and Al Gore and Oprah (for damaging beef sales with her slanted ‘reporting’) were following him.


45 posted on 03/17/2014 7:42:38 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: opentalk

I agree. Politics is the way to go if you want to commit crime and stay out of jail.


46 posted on 03/17/2014 7:42:41 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
symbolism over substance I get it
47 posted on 03/17/2014 7:44:01 PM PDT by advertising guy
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Ron Popeil is laughing.


48 posted on 03/17/2014 7:44:46 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: opentalk

There’s got to be more to this.

You can go to jail for promoting a book? What?

We don’t have enough room in the prisons.

Who was his lawyer? Is book promotion a contract or an invitation?


49 posted on 03/17/2014 7:45:33 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Moonman62

Damn skippy!
The perfect crime.


50 posted on 03/17/2014 7:45:42 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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