Kevin Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison

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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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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Young Financier
      Originally Posted by bizgrower View Post

      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
      Exactly. That's what this case is about. For the "deceptive marketing," he was only fined the money that he'd made from the sales of the book. The jail time is the result of a failure to pay the fine amongst other acts of contempt. If he would've paid the fine, there would have been no jail time.
  • 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 onSubie
      Originally Posted by Electrical View Post

      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?
      The reason Trudeau is facing such a stiff penalty is that he has been avoiding paying earlier penalties, traveling and working outside of the court rules, hiding his money and basically being in contempt of court.
  • Profile picture of the author Zero
    we bought his mega memory/advanced mega memory course. It was decent, but i never really used it
  • Profile picture of the author masterpaintingnow
    I don't know much about the man, but I personally believe in always being honest in every aspect of your business. It is best for repeat customers.

    However, if he honestly believed that his product could cure diseases or whatever, then not sure if he was being a con man. How does one prove if he believed it?

    I know some people that truly believe raw food diet will cure cancer.

    Some people truly believe dianetics can cure cancer.
    • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
      Originally Posted by masterpaintingnow View Post

      I know some people that truly believe raw food diet will cure cancer.

      Some people truly believe dianetics can cure cancer.
      The only thing Dianetics cures is obesity of the wallet.

      The people who believe raw food diet can cure cancer, probably believe it because they're aware of the Dr. Gerson diet which has many fans singing it's praises who are hard to refute, since they are alive and well decades after being told by the cancer industry to get things in order, and wait to die, refusing to accept the death sentence, and going to the Gerson clinic instead.

      There are two good documentaries on Netflix which explore the Gerson diet, and another which features Dr Burzynski, another doctor feared and hated by the AMA for having cured many people formerly condemned by them, to a painful early death. The industry is lying when they claim there are no effective alternatives to the knife, radiation and chemo which are the only tools in their arsenal. Why would they lie? Billions per year in profit is pretty good motive.

      Anyone diagnosed with cancer owes it to themselves and their loved ones to watch these documentaries, and look into the treatments that don't make you horribly sick, make your hair fall out, poison, and finally kill you, but rather, cure those the industry condemned to death. With any luck the information will finally go viral, and the ongoing slaughter of patients that included several dear friends of mine, and my last surviving grandmother, by the respectable but deadly cancer industry will finally come to an end.
  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    Previous fraud convictions for using his Mom's social security number to create false identities.

    I looked through his cures they don't want you to know about book at WalMart.
    It was $20 or $30. It said cure for such and such on page ---. Go to page --- and find out you have to join his membership site for the answers.

    Anyway, his sentence for contempt is 10 years instead of 25 because he did not really
    cause significant financial losses to his victims. But, again its criminal contempt of court for not paying fines as ordered and lying about his finances while probably hiding assets...
  • Profile picture of the author keyforge
    This is definitely a BIG lesson for all IM'ers...
  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    I've never read the guys books, but why is he being imprisoned?

    Seriously. Why again? Because his opinion was wrong?

    For writing books that "they" don't want you to know about?

    I guess the poor guy was right.

    "They" REALLY did not want you to know.

    • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
      Originally Posted by Sarevok View Post

      I've never read the guys books, but why is he being imprisoned?

      Seriously. Why again? Because his opinion was wrong?

      For writing books that "they" don't want you to know about?

      I guess the poor guy was right.

      "They" REALLY did not want you to know.

      You obviously didn't read the story....
    • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
      Originally Posted by Sarevok View Post

      I've never read the guys books, but why is he being imprisoned?

      Seriously. Why again? Because his opinion was wrong?

      For writing books that "they" don't want you to know about?

      I guess the poor guy was right.

      "They" REALLY did not want you to know.

      Fraud. He was held in contempt of court for several years, refusing to pay fines while at the same time living a lavish lifestyle. He peddled medical advice that had little basis in science, was not approved by the FDA (giving medical advice without FDA approval is a big no no), and could've potentially hurt a lot of people who take his advice without proper medical guidance.

      Defrauding people and breaking laws meant to protect people is not protected by free speech. The guy had this coming for a while. He gives all IMers a bad name.
  • Profile picture of the author bluecoyotemedia
    whats the difference between many of teh WSP vendors.. and Kevin T??? Kevins mistake was selling on TV

    he is one of the great ones..
  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    He next book should be:

    "THEY didn't want you to know so bad - THAT THEY STUFFED ME IN A CELL AND THREW AWAY THE KEY"
  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    I did use and like his Mega Memory course. That worked for me...
    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I've never read the guys books, but why is he being imprisoned?

      Seriously. Why again? Because his opinion was wrong?
      Seriously? You can't read the articles about his activity and why he's in the clink? This wasn't about the books - but about his lack of character.

      Had he been as smart as he thinks he is - he would have solved this problem back in 2004-5 and gotten past it. He prolonged it - added to it - and basically ignored the court and justice system.
  • Profile picture of the author Electrical
    Another Al Capone. His ultimate downfall was his greed. It's a game, you gotta know how to play it.
  • Profile picture of the author bobson8788
    This is funny to me, Internet Marketers bashing Kevin Trudeau for writing books, making false claims and giving bad advice, and we should hang him because the GOVERNMENT says so. REALLY!!!!! Have you guys check your squeeze pages, the emails you send out, the number of false and crap WSOs you create. If the government decides tomorrow that these things we do are deceptive we would all be facing time in prison.

    Our industry is full of so called Kevin Trudeaus including many, many and i mean many on here, so i find it amazing that warrior members are bashing a man for giving BAD ADVICE, he never put a gun to nobody's head or anything physical for that matter, He was just a master marketer, yes a Marketer. I watch videos on YouTube explaining to me by big name Gurus(Give me a name, yes him too) on how to basically deceive people into buying my products and you guys too have seen these videos, heck you even bought their courses, and I or you should have the gull to bash a man that has mastered it better us? What do you guys think you do? Help poor little children or something?
    • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
      Originally Posted by bobson8788 View Post

      This is funny to me, Internet Marketers bashing Kevin Trudeau for writing books, making false claims and giving bad advice, and we should hang him because the GOVERNMENT says so. REALLY!!!!! Have you guys check your squeeze pages, the emails you send out, the number of false and crap WSOs you create. If the government decides tomorrow that these things we do are deceptive we would all be facing time in prison.

      Our industry is full of so called Kevin Trudeaus including many, many and i mean many on here, so i find it amazing that warrior members are bashing a man for giving BAD ADVICE, he never put a gun to nobody's head or anything physical for that matter, He was just a master marketer, yes a Marketer. I watch videos on YouTube explaining to me by big name Gurus(Give me a name, yes him too) on how to basically deceive people into buying my products and you guys too have seen these videos, heck you even bought their courses, and I or you should have the gull to bash a man that has mastered it better us? What do you guys think you do? Help poor little children or something?
      This is a perfect example of why IMers need to be transparent with the claims they make - ESPECIALLY in the health and weight loss niche, where people can seriously hurt themselves following bad advice. Make it perfectly clear your advice is not a cure for anything and to check with your doctor first.

      At the same time, Trudeau's fraud was on a large scale and goes back decades. He was given plenty of time to comply with the laws, pay the massive fines, etc, but chose not too. That's why the government went after him the way they did.
    • Profile picture of the author StanHyeck
      Originally Posted by bobson8788 View Post

      This is funny to me, Internet Marketers bashing Kevin Trudeau for writing books, making false claims and giving bad advice, and we should hang him because the GOVERNMENT says so. REALLY!!!!! Have you guys check your squeeze pages, the emails you send out, the number of false and crap WSOs you create. If the government decides tomorrow that these things we do are deceptive we would all be facing time in prison.
      Quite a few of us don't make false claims. Many of us have never even DONE a WSO, let alone said anything false about one or done one that was crap.

      That's an incredibly broad brush you're painting with there chief.

      Our industry is full of so called Kevin Trudeaus including many, many and i mean many on here, so i find it amazing that warrior members are bashing a man for giving BAD ADVICE
      He is being bashed every bit as much for his refusal to follow court orders. Maybe you haven't actually read the thread?

      And again, anyone paying attention knows that the FDA is one of the more ... aggressive ... agencies of the government, probably more so than even the IRS.

      We can talk about false claims and who does what and on and on.

      The bottom line is that he did it in an area controlled by the FDA and there is no WAY that he wasn't aware of how often they'll raid business and throw people in prison.

      We can yap about whether or not what they do is constitutional or not, the FACT is that they do it, they get away with doing it, and they've never so much as received a slap on the hand for doing it.

      The REALITY is you don't screw around with the FDA. Kevin did. I honestly think he knew that sooner or later he was going to get nailed for it and as someone has already pointed out, I think he's going to come out of prison and write another book (from outside the US this time).

      His whole marketing pitch is going to be, "they put me in prison to try and silence me."

      Wait 5 years and see if it doesn't happen.
    • Profile picture of the author Geeked Labs
      Originally Posted by bobson8788 View Post

      This is funny to me, Internet Marketers bashing Kevin Trudeau for writing books, making false claims and giving bad advice, and we should hang him because the GOVERNMENT says so. REALLY!!!!! Have you guys check your squeeze pages, the emails you send out, the number of false and crap WSOs you create. If the government decides tomorrow that these things we do are deceptive we would all be facing time in prison.

      Our industry is full of so called Kevin Trudeaus including many, many and i mean many on here, so i find it amazing that warrior members are bashing a man for giving BAD ADVICE, he never put a gun to nobody's head or anything physical for that matter, He was just a master marketer, yes a Marketer. I watch videos on YouTube explaining to me by big name Gurus(Give me a name, yes him too) on how to basically deceive people into buying my products and you guys too have seen these videos, heck you even bought their courses, and I or you should have the gull to bash a man that has mastered it better us? What do you guys think you do? Help poor little children or something?
      I wouldn't. My stuff actually works?
  • Profile picture of the author objectiveman
    If Kevin Trudeau is guilty then almost the entire health establishment is guilty of pushing false information. Not only pushing false information but pushing the most harmful information possible.

    The government's food guide pyramid telling people to eat mostly bread all day or consume 300 carbs per day according to their dietary values label?? Hello skyrocketing obesity, diabetes, and cancer.. Then the government claims there is an obesity crisis and the solution is to eat more bread and less fat (fat has very little impact on insulin and aids in weight loss). Since I went on a ketogenic diet (high fat, low carb diet) I have lost 30 lbs of fat and when I went to my annual physical all my health markers improved.

    They go after Kevin Trudeau but think it's okay for Subway to promote a loaf of bread the size of a bus as a weight loss food?

    Of course this is really a free speech issue. A buyer beware issue. Unless there was outright fraud/breech of contract the government doesn't really have a valid case.
    • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
      Originally Posted by objectiveman View Post

      but think it's okay for Subway to promote a loaf of bread the size of a bus as a weight loss food?
      Don't forget that their bread contains(supposedly contained now) an ingredient also used to make yoga mats.
    • Profile picture of the author HeySal
      Originally Posted by objectiveman View Post

      If Kevin Trudeau is guilty then almost the entire health establishment is guilty of pushing false information. Not only pushing false information but pushing the most harmful information possible.

      The government's food guide pyramid telling people to eat mostly bread all day or consume 300 carbs per day according to their dietary values label?? Hello skyrocketing obesity, diabetes, and cancer.. Then the government claims there is an obesity crisis and the solution is to eat more bread and less fat (fat has very little impact on insulin and aids in weight loss). Since I went on a ketogenic diet (high fat, low carb diet) I have lost 30 lbs of fat and when I went to my annual physical all my health markers improved.

      They go after Kevin Trudeau but think it's okay for Subway to promote a loaf of bread the size of a bus as a weight loss food?

      Of course this is really a free speech issue. A buyer beware issue. Unless there was outright fraud/breech of contract the government doesn't really have a valid case.
      This is sooooooo true. You have to remember that USDA (where the pyramid comes from) is the food industry. Key word - industry. I don't have a problem with weight at all, and can really load down on the food, but I can't even start to imagine 11 portions of carbs per day. It's like they accidentally confused the human chart with the chart meant for beefing cattle up before slaughter. And who can say why they pushed portions up. They have added portions of ALL food groups to that chart in the last few years. It's a disgrace, it's a lie, it's allowed simply because it's a government institution doing the lying, and it should be prosecuted, plain and simple.
  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    Threads like this always make me want to invent a new game,
    where we count how many people actually read the article,
    and how many so obviously did not.

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