TV infomercial star Kevin Trudeau gets 10 years in prison

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKevin Trudeau, the television pitchman and author who amassed a fortune telling consumers his secrets about how to get free money, how to lose weight and how to cure a number of illnesses the natural way, is headed to federal prison.

Trudeau, 51, was sentenced to 10 years on Monday for criminal contempt for violating a 2004 federal court order that prohibited him from making misleading infomercials and misrepresenting his weight-loss books. During Monday’s sentencing hearing he also got a tongue-lashing from U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago.

“Since the age of 25, (Trudeau) has attempted to cheat others for his own personal gain,” Guzman said in Monday’s sentencing hearing.

In a sentencing memo, prosecutors called Trudeau an “unrepentant, untiring, and uncontrollable huckster who has defrauded the unsuspecting for 30 years.”

fsdTrudeau was convicted of criminal contempt by a jury in November 2013 and has been in federal custody since his conviction.

Evidence was presented at his trial that Trudeau appeared in three infomercials in 2006 and 2007, and in those infomercials he misrepresented the contents of one of his weight-loss books. The U.S. attorney said those infomercials were not only untrue, but they violated the 2004 court order that prohibited the infomercials.

According to his book covers, several of his books have been number one on the New York Times bestseller list.

Trudeau’s defense attorney Tom Kirsch told CNN Monday night that his client intends to file a notice of appeal in the case.

24 comments

  • Cripes_A_Mighty

    Best news I’ve read all day. I am always amazed that so many people on this planet fall for these cons day in and day out. They fall for commercial advertising, religion, and GOP lies every day of the week.

    Common sense is I suppose, is so not common after all…

    • Richard Nance

      You’re clearly wrong about your statement of who is a Liar in fact, Kevin Trudeau is a Saint compared to the “Liar in Chief” Obama plus, Obama even admits it & so does anybody else that can hear or read all the Lies he’s told & thank God he’s definitely Not a Republican but a dyed in the wool Democrat & is ranked as the #1 Liar in the entire world & not just in the USA because he’s Lied to all of our Allies all over the world & now he’s lying about what he’s going to do about Russia, NOTHING, lol, lol he’s just pathetic!!….

  • Joseph

    The interesting thing is, they tried him on the contents of his weightloss book, however, nothing was mentioned about his “Free Money” book. This leads me to wondering if the content of his “money” book is accurate, and that he’s pissed some people off by printing revelations the “powers that be” did not like.

    • spencer

      The reason why the claims are made against the weight loss book and not against the money book, is that by law you are not allowed to make medical claims willy-nilly. If you say “product A cures such-and-such” disease (whether you are mixing together random stuff in your basement, or if you are a well-established drug company) then the FDA gets to say “put up or shut up”. It’s why you always see the following caveat on supplements: “these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”.

      I’m sure his money books spew the same amount of BS, but it’s tougher to show illegality.

  • Amanda Garcia

    I have bought all his boos they never worked do I get my money back or is there a way we can file a law sure agents him

  • samiam

    Well we got one crook off the streets, for being dishonest, telling lies and taking our money, what senator or congressman is next.

  • keith shaw

    Its funny how they take a guy like this out but leave the con artist on wall street alone. They lied about home loans and brought the country to the brink of collapse.

  • Lee

    Ten years in prison well if you look at like this he wanted a piece of the American dream getting rich easy but went about it the wrong way and it caught up with him I really don’t blame him but take a look around and pressures of everyday life will drive certain individuals in today’s world to go after something and make any kind of profit from it it’s definitely not worth ten years of your life taken away in ten years I bet he will making big bucks again from dome other off beat book and keep taking people’s money we are all guilty in some way for wanting more in life but need to be careful how we do it

  • The Free Money book was accurate!

    Have you ever read his free money book and tried? Don’t speak of things if you really have no clue. It DOES work!

  • Lee

    This is for the free money is accurate post your right!i don’t know what I was thinking and his system does work he took your money when you got the book !!!

  • dan banner

    This scum should be flushed down the toilet. But he would come out with “what they dont want you to know about being shitflushed down the shitter”

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