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Remember Kevin Trudeau?

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It took jurors about as long as one of Kevin Trudeau's infomercials to convict the TV pitchman of lying. A federal jury today took all of 45 minutes to convict the 50-year-old resident of suburban Chicago of criminal contempt for telling tall tales about a weight-loss "cure," reports the Chicago Tribune. In the late-night ads, Trudeau pushed his best-selling book, The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About, and said it would show people how to lose weight and still eat whatever they want. The problem is that the book actually recommended a spartan diet of 500 calories a day, along with prescription hormones. It wasn't the book's claims at issue, explains AP, but whether Trudeau's ad was misleading about its content. "If he had said what was truly in the book, he would have sold a lot fewer books," said a prosecutor in his closing argument. "That’s why he chose to lie about it.” Trudeau's attorney said prosecutors just didn't understand advertising. Jurors sided with prosecutors, and Trudeau was immediately taken into custody. Potential jail time is unclear, but the Sun-Times previously reported that Trudeau could get locked up for life.

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BeckiWV1384319491.7033391 PostsRegistered 4/12/2011

Life, seriously? Locked up for life seems a bit stiff. A lot of people get less time than that for murder.

I'm not a big Trudeau fan, but on the other hand, I doubt every single other diet book out there is 100 percent strictly truthful either. Were consumers really so bothered by an informmercial book that they clamored for him to be prosecuted and jailed over it?

A lot of diet books don't really work (at least not if one isn't willing to eat less and exercise which is what the majority recommend in one form or another).

I think he is very annoying and would probably sell his grandmother for profit if he could, but a diet book just doesn't seem like a "life in prison" offense, at least not to me. Are they really tagging him for something else but this was the best they could get on him? I wonder what is really behind it..weird....

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sidsmom1384319699.6135324 PostsRegistered 8/11/2007Dallas!

I thought the same thing….why him? Isn't the Diet/Fitness industry based on misleading content? There are close to a zillion other diet/fitness books out there that could get the authors locked up. BeckiWV….I wonder what is really behind it, as well….weird, ditto.

circles1384319916.6117382 PostsRegistered 5/11/2005N.J.

creepy guy....but life sentence seems harsh.....

Remee1384319949.6377393 PostsRegistered 11/12/2013 Garden of Eden

It serves him right for deliberately taking millions of people and their dollars for a fat lie, but he is far from the first to do so. It's up to us to know about these things so...."Buyer Beware."





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------1384344798.67318558 PostsRegistered 2/13/2008

Life in prison? I agree with other posters, although he deserves prison time a (potential) life sentence seems very harsh.

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Pook1384345358.563621 PostsRegistered 5/5/2007

That does seem a bit harsh as his books were very cheap. Those convicted of identity theft get very little time and they have defrauded people of much more. The same with convicted murders and child molesters. Not a fan of his but many others have done so much worse things!!!

evelomaddi­ct1384345567.256780 PostsRegistered 4/6/2013

good. a stiff sentence like this would set an example to those who live off of scamming others. this isn't the first time kevin trudeau has scammed people either or gone to jail. he has a long history of fraud.

brii1384347026.8423011 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008

I doubt he will get life.

He has a history of scamming people and fraud.

Love Roses1384351513.94710252 PostsRegistered 1/10/2007

He also promoted the 'get rich quick' programs out here in L.A. Maybe it wasn't just the weight loss hype. Of course, he will appeal until released.

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serenity4e­ver1384353284.372543 PostsRegistered 11/4/2013
He wrote a book giving false hope to people that had various illnesses. He wrote about cancer cures that were anything but. Glad to see him behind bars.

RedHeadedW­ench1384353929.589124 PostsRegistered 10/1/2006

He always seemed creepy to me. I remember his late night infomercials.

Wasn't he living in Switzerland or somewhere to avoid prosecution?

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mareandasp­are1384355084.4075102 PostsRegistered 3/21/2007

He is a bad, bad man{#emotions_dlg.thumbdown} Guess he didn't learn from his first time in jail many years ago{#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}


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gazelle771384355503.728981 PostsRegistered 3/1/2013

He had previously served time for credit card fraud before he came out with his books and infomercials... he is definitly a great con man! Amazing how some people run their lives with just fraud and criminal activity... how they even think that way is hard to imagine!

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mareandasp­are1384355687.95102 PostsRegistered 3/21/2007
On 11/13/2013 gazelle77 said:

He had previously served time for credit card fraud before he came out with his books and infomercials... he is definitly a great con man! Amazing how some people run their lives with just fraud and criminal activity... how they even think that way is hard to imagine!

gazelle77- I think I heard he has a young wife and she is the president of many subsidiaries- probably hiding all of those millions for sure{#emotions_dlg.angry} Who knows, maybe she's under investigation too.


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LipstickDi­va1384355908.12337795 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005On the Lake in Ohio

IMO this man should have to pay everyone back. Forget about clogging up the prison with a non-violent offender.

There are people out there who kill someone who get very little jail time. This seems ridiculous to me.

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SoX1384356797.067729 PostsRegistered 2/21/2009
On 11/13/2013 LipstickDiva said:

IMO this man should have to pay everyone back. Forget about clogging up the prison with a non-violent offender.

There are people out there who kill someone who get very little jail time. This seems ridiculous to me.

It's more about lying under oath ... and owing 37 million in fines to the Feds for not complying with orders to cease and desist those informercials. Also, for contempt ... and hiding his assets in offshore banks ... then crying broke.

If you ask me those people who believed his ridiculous claims were just dumb, dumb, dumb.

straykatz1384357150.1278608 PostsRegistered 6/13/2007
On 11/13/2013 Sox2 said:.. and hiding his assets in offshore banks ...

If that was reason alone for jail time then we don't have enough room in our prisons for all the wealthy who hide money off-shore.

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evelomaddi­ct1384357929.576780 PostsRegistered 4/6/2013
On 11/13/2013 straykatz said:
On 11/13/2013 Sox2 said:.. and hiding his assets in offshore banks ...

If that was reason alone for jail time then we don't have enough room in our prisons for all the wealthy who hide money off-shore.

we could easily make room if we'd let out those in jail for small amounts of drugs.

SoX1384359026.4637729 PostsRegistered 2/21/2009
On 11/13/2013 straykatz said:
On 11/13/2013 Sox2 said:.. and hiding his assets in offshore banks ...

If that was reason alone for jail time then we don't have enough room in our prisons for all the wealthy who hide money off-shore.

No, that's secondary ... more important is lying to a federal prosecutor under oath ... you just don't want to get caught doing that.

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Margo Chan­ning1384362051.04313337 PostsRegistered 11/29/2007
On 11/13/2013 Sox2 said:
On 11/13/2013 straykatz said:
On 11/13/2013 Sox2 said:.. and hiding his assets in offshore banks ...

If that was reason alone for jail time then we don't have enough room in our prisons for all the wealthy who hide money off-shore.

No, that's secondary ... more important is lying to a federal prosecutor under oath ... you just don't want to get caught doing that.


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LipstickDi­va1384363683.337795 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005On the Lake in Ohio
On 11/13/2013 Sox2 said:
On 11/13/2013 straykatz said:
On 11/13/2013 Sox2 said:.. and hiding his assets in offshore banks ...

If that was reason alone for jail time then we don't have enough room in our prisons for all the wealthy who hide money off-shore.

No, that's secondary ... more important is lying to a federal prosecutor under oath ... you just don't want to get caught doing that.

Okay but still. He's a non-violent offender. I have more of an issue with people who kill someone and get a couple of years. Or people who commit armed robbery and get probation.

I'm not saying what he did wasn't criminal but life in prison?

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aggravated1384375138.407545 PostsRegistered 12/9/2009

This is not the only charge = life sentence. He has already been found guilty of owing MILLIONS of dollars in back taxes and he made no effort to pay any amount. As a matter of fact, claiming he had no income. [Because they hide all their assets in lots of subsidiaries, off shore, etc.] He is a total sleeze.

straykatz1384375451.6378608 PostsRegistered 6/13/2007
On 11/13/2013 aggravated said:

He is a total sleeze.

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SoX1384377935.257729 PostsRegistered 2/21/2009
On 11/13/2013 LipstickDiva said:
On 11/13/2013 Sox2 said:
On 11/13/2013 straykatz said:
On 11/13/2013 Sox2 said:.. and hiding his assets in offshore banks ...

If that was reason alone for jail time then we don't have enough room in our prisons for all the wealthy who hide money off-shore.

No, that's secondary ... more important is lying to a federal prosecutor under oath ... you just don't want to get caught doing that.

Okay but still. He's a non-violent offender. I have more of an issue with people who kill someone and get a couple of years. Or people who commit armed robbery and get probation.

I'm not saying what he did wasn't criminal but life in prison?

Oh, c'mon ... there is no maximum sentence for contempt of court in the federal statutes. He faces anywhere from "probation to life" when he is sentenced in February. That's a wide swath. He will be out in no time to pull the fleece over someone else's eyes.

4KICKS1384383991.3032037 PostsRegistered 11/11/2006Sunny AZ

I find him extremely annoying, but I change the channel.

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They just get better at what they do.

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