Kevin Trudeau – author, radio personality, infomercial host, and salesman, now also known as Kevin Trudeau – fraudster, charlatan and convicted criminal.
According to a report from The Associated Press on Monday, via MSN News, Trudeau, a best-selling author “whose name became synonymous with late-night TV pitches, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for bilking consumers through ubiquitous infomercials for his book, The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About.”
After being found guilty last November and serving four months behind bars and ordered to pay a $37 million fine, U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman in Chicago Monday slammed the 50-year-old swindler as “deceitful to the core” and said that Trudeau has been cheating people since he was 25 years old.
The AP report says Trudeau defied a “2004 court order barring him from running false ads about the weight-loss book. Despite the order, he aired the infomercials at least 32,000 times, according to prosecutors.”
Prosecutors say Trudeau’s best-selling weight loss book, which pulled in $49 million in sales but resulted in $37 million in losses to consumers who tried to follow Trudeau’s bogus program, is nothing but common sense coupled with nonsense.
Trudeau was painted as a leech that preys “on the sick, poor and insecure,” prosecutors said.
“Since his 20s, he has steadfastly attempted to cheat others for his own gain,” Judge Guzman said, adding that Trudeau once used his own mother’s Social Security number in a scam.
“He has treated federal court orders as if they were mere suggestions… or impediments to be side-stepped, out-maneuvered or just ignored,” the judge said.
Trudeau’s book is still available for sale on Amazon, but user reviews are in line with what the judge found – absolute gobbledygook.
A “scummy scam artist,” “bogus plan,” and “rip off,” some said. “Only your wallet will lose weight” and “Garbage. Use it for firewood!!” said others.
“The ‘cures’ they don't want you to know about involve extensive colonics, many variable herbals, teas etc. Very unrealistic for the average person,” another commented.
Trudeau gave a statement on his behalf, telling the judge that his four months behind bears changed him for the better, and made a plea for leniency.
“I have truly had a significant reawakening,” said Trudeau, dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit. “If I ever do an infomercial again ... I promise: No embellishments, no puffery, no lies.”
Looks like he may not get that chance.
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