Kevin Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison

Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot by
There's a lot of IMers using similar marketing with their own health, make money online and personal development ebooks.

10 years. It's a federal case, so he'll probably serve all of it.


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Chicago-based TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for repeatedly defying court orders to pay a whopping $37 million fine over his fraudulent infomercials.

Trudeau, 51, smiled slightly as U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman imposed the sentence. The judge called him "deceitful to the very core."

A Trudeau supporter caused a disturbance in the courtroom during the sentence, refused to leave and was carried out by security officers.
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Kevin Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison - chicagotribune.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Mo Goulet
    With his money and the right lawyers, he'll be out in a halfway house in 4 years. He'll serve his time in a federal camp like Martha Stewart. He'll be able to work a job and earn as much as $16 a month.
  • Profile picture of the author Max Anderson
    Originally Posted by Mo Goulet View Post

    With his money and the right lawyers, he'll be out in a halfway house in 4 years. He'll serve his time in a federal camp like Martha Stewart. He'll be able to work a job and earn as much as $16 a month.
    With the right lawyer he would have probably never been sentenced in the first place.
  • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
    Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post

    There's a lot of IMers using similar marketing with their own health, make money online and personal development ebooks.

    10 years. It's a federal case, so he'll probably serve all of it.


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    Chicago-based TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for repeatedly defying court orders to pay a whopping $37 million fine over his fraudulent infomercials.

    Trudeau, 51, smiled slightly as U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman imposed the sentence. The judge called him "deceitful to the very core."

    A Trudeau supporter caused a disturbance in the courtroom during the sentence, refused to leave and was carried out by security officers.
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    Kevin Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison - chicagotribune.com
    He finally got what he deserved. I feel sorry for the hundreds or maybe thousands he bilked.
  • Profile picture of the author Defacto
    Unfortunately this is an attack on free speech and all of our constitutional rights. How can one "prove" his theories on weight lose were fraudulent? I have no idea what his books were about but they were his ideas he was selling, exercising his constitutionally protected (well not anymore) free speech.
  • Profile picture of the author Max Anderson
    Originally Posted by Defacto View Post

    Unfortunately this is an attack on free speech and all of our constitutional rights. How can one "prove" his theories on weight lose were fraudulent? I have no idea what his books were about but they were his ideas he was selling, exercising his constitutionally protected (well not anymore) free speech.
    It´s important to keep in mind that free speach ends were it might hurt others.
  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    Originally Posted by Defacto View Post

    Unfortunately this is an attack on free speech and all of our constitutional rights. How can one "prove" his theories on weight lose were fraudulent? I have no idea what his books were about but they were his ideas he was selling, exercising his constitutionally protected (well not anymore) free speech.
    His marketing claims were ultimately his downfall, not the books themselves.

    Deceitful marketing is not protected speech.
  • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
    You do the crime, you do the time., etc.
    I thought Kevin had such great charisma. Such
    a pity he misused his gifts.
  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Yall remember that one infomercial where he had those 4 beautiful women at the table? Had my attention for the whole 30 minutes lol.
  • Profile picture of the author Saintsfan40
    Never could stand that self centered arrogant prick from day one. Well deserved for scamming and deceiving people for so many years.

    Good riddance!
  • Profile picture of the author DylanC
    Originally Posted by Defacto View Post

    Unfortunately this is an attack on free speech and all of our constitutional rights. How can one "prove" his theories on weight lose were fraudulent? I have no idea what his books were about but they were his ideas he was selling, exercising his constitutionally protected (well not anymore) free speech.
    I think maybe you got it the other way around. The question is, how can he prove that his ideas are right? Can't? Fraud.
  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    Originally Posted by Mo Goulet View Post

    With his money and the right lawyers, he'll be out in a halfway house in 4 years. He'll serve his time in a federal camp like Martha Stewart. He'll be able to work a job and earn as much as $16 a month.
    I looked him up on the inmate search. He is currently here at a high rise prison in Chicago:

  • Profile picture of the author chall
    I hope he has learned a lesson.What comes around goes around.
  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    Originally Posted by chall View Post

    I hope he has learned a lesson.What comes around goes around.
    I think he learned it the hard way.

    Indeed, what you sow is what you reap.
  • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
    Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post


    Deceitful marketing is not protected speech.
    Exactly; you don't get to cry about infringement of your free speech rights when the speech they fined you for was a con job.
  • Profile picture of the author LastWarrior
    I don't think his crime fit the time; not even close. He advertised, people watched, people made a conscientious decision to buy. When some didn't like what they bought, credit card charges were reversed if no other way.

    If I see a snank-oil salesman near the subway claiming his potion fixes that and fixes this... and sounds unbelievable, then I go ahead and purchase anyway, who the %$#@ am I to cry and file a complaint about it. I made a decision to purchase and buyer remorse doesn't make that salesman a con-artist. It makes me vulnerable to outlandish advertising claims. My purchase, my bad.

    Any of you ACTUALLY buy his books and read them? A lot of good info in them that a person can use real world. Education behind a book binder. Good stuff.

    LastWarrior

    Disclaimer: I'm not a Trudeau junkie or for that matter, a supporter. I just don't like the idea of someone making a choice to buy, then get buyer's remorse and make a federal production out of it. How many of us have bought a WSO that was far less than we expected? I have but NEVER did I ask for my money back. I read an ad, pondered it, then purchased... not cry like a little b!@+<h and join some bs class-action suit with other "_____"!
  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    This sentence has more to do with his criminal contempt of court
    than his deceptive writing and marketing practices. This judge does
    not believe that leopards change their spots. Nor do I.

    Instead of paying fines for previous judgments, he pleads poverty
    and still lives a lavish lifestyle. $239 for two haircuts while he is broke?

    He is what he is:

    Kevin Trudeau - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • Profile picture of the author celente
    Originally Posted by DubDubDubDot View Post

    I looked him up on the inmate search. He is currently here at a high rise prison in Chicago:

    for a minute there I thought you were going to post and tell him to jump, as he read the warrior forum from jail.
  • Profile picture of the author Electrical
    There's millions of things out there claiming to do things that simple don't happen. From weight loss to penis enlargement. The question is what did this guy do to be the only one that the government went after?
  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Originally Posted by Mo Goulet View Post

    With his money and the right lawyers, he'll be out in a halfway house in 4 years. He'll serve his time in a federal camp like Martha Stewart. He'll be able to work a job and earn as much as $16 a month.
    You may be on to something. There are four different parole systems in the federal system. The Third Branch
  • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
    But Judge Guzman was unimpressed, noting that in his three decades of fraud, Trudeau had taken on more than a dozen different aliases and even used his mother’s Social Security number to perpetrate a scam.

    “That doesn’t happen by accident, and it doesn’t happen by good intentions,” the judge said. “It is a reflection of a person’s character.”
    He's lucky his sentence was only 10 years. It could have been the recommended 20 to 25 years.

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