TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau Gets 10-Year Sentence

CHICAGO — A federal judge on Monday sentenced TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau to 10 years in prison for bilking consumers via infomercials for his best-selling weight loss book.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman blasted the 50-year-old Trudeau before the sentencing, saying that for decades he “steadfastly attempted to cheat others for his own personal gain.” Guzman called Trudeau “deceitful to the core.”

Minutes before, Trudeau apologized to the court and said he was a changed man. Trudeau has been jailed since November, when jurors convicted him of criminal contempt for defying a 2004 court order barring him from running false ads about the book. Despite the order, Trudeau aired the infomercials at least 32,000 times, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors had said they could think of no comparable case of someone cheating people so brazenly, and they had said Trudeau deserved a sentence of at least 10 years. Defense attorneys said Trudeau deserved no more than two years.

Trudeau touted his book, “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About,” in commercials that often employed news-interview formats. He’s sold millions of other books under titles such as “Natural Cures ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About” and “Debt Cures ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About.”

As legal scrutiny intensified over the years, Trudeau claimed the U.S. government was out to get him, and he accused agencies and other vested interests of conspiring to suppress low cost, common remedies to diseases, including cancer.

His weight-loss book, which once topped best-seller lists, was the focus of the criminal conviction and a related civil case brought by the Federal Trade Commission, in which Trudeau was ordered to pay a $37 million judgment.

Trudeau said he couldn’t pay the civil judgment because he’s broke. But the FTC noted Trudeau spent lavishly in recent years, including $359 on two haircuts. Trudeau claimed not to know where $100,000 in gold bars that he bought had gone.

He sold more than 850,000 copies of the weight book, generating $39 million in revenue, prosecutors say. But his lawyers have argued it can only be said 67 buyers were defrauded because that’s how many complained to consumer protection agencies.

Prosecutors in the criminal case skewered Trudeau in one recent filing, calling him an “uncontrollable huckster” who would likely even endeavor to defraud fellow prisoners while behind bars.

In a response, the defense called that “overblown and unfair.” They also contended the harm to any one person would have been less than the cost of the $30 book, so no one can claim the “defendant’s actions shattered lives.”

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  1. citizentm says:

    I think this sentence is way too harsh – ten years. It’s only understandable in the light that he kept doing this for so long and had agreed he would not. So, a repeat offender.
    Still, any of that stuff peddled on shopping channels etc – c’mon, how is that different from your local avon or tupper lady.

    • Esther says:

      “How is that different from your local avon or tupper lady?” Well, when people order Avon or Tupperware, they actually receive Avon and Tupperware. On the other hand, I guess it IS the same. People who ordered Kevin Trudeau’s books actually received the books.

  2. johntshea says:

    It seems his Mega Memory System doesn’t cover gold bars.

  3. Put O’Bummer in prison, that brown trash lying POS. Why not Put the Liar in Chief in prison for 10 years for pitching and lying about CommieCare for 5 years and destroying the best healthcare system in the world.

    • big daddy D says:

      The best?? Really? When families go bankrupt bcuz they can’t pay their medical bills? When a broken arm can cost thousands in medical expenses? Obama didn’t make the system, he’s just trying to fix it. Go back to your Klan rallies “Sarah”, the grown ups are speaking now.

  4. George Abrahams says:

    He’ll get 10 years of prison swirlies if he tries to defraud fellow inmates.

  5. pekr-trk says:

    “If you like your healthcare you can keep it.” I can think of another con-man who should go to a federal prison, can you?

    • big daddy D says:

      Speaking as a Canadian with universal health care, and having a full time job with 100 % medical coverage..I really have no idea who you are referring to. Care to elaborate? Hmmm? Ftr, I would consider myself a liberal “Democrat”

  6. I feel the same way about this as I did the Martha Stewart conviction. While Wall Street, Banks, and one corporation continue to rob us blind, prosecutions like this are nothing but a sideshow to the real crimes being committed on a regular basis that bilk consumers and tax payers of billions. But don’t look for anything to be done about that.

  7. I bought “cures” and thought the vast amount of information presented was excellent. I knew from experience that a lot of what he recommended worked -period. I don’t know anything about the weight loss book but I’m sure at least some of his ideas were very good – he is a smart man. How a $30 book translates to ten years is beyond me.

  8. johntshea says:

    Have a heart, people! It’s really terrible when you forget where you put your $100,000 in gold bars…

  9. big daddy D says:

    Seen this scumbag’s infomercials on late night tv for years..up until last week!! How could he have gotten away with it for so long? ? And where’s all those gold bars? They should find that stuff and start repaying all the people he ripped off.

  10. GKN says:

    Well, I’m glad to see them cracking down. But “they can think of no comparable case”? Are they kidding?

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