TV Pitchman Trudeau Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Image: TV Pitchman Trudeau Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Monday, 17 Mar 2014 09:58 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
U.S. TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau, who was convicted last year of criminal contempt for exaggerating the contents of his weight-loss book in infomercials, was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison.

Trudeau, 51, who has been held in federal custody since his conviction in November, will also have five years of supervised release after serving his sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Guzman said.

"He is deceitful to the very core, and that type of conduct simply cannot stand," Guzman said, noting that Trudeau had been cited repeatedly for violating court orders over several years.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Trudeau was found guilty last November of violating a 2004 federal court settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that barred him from misrepresenting the contents of his books in advertisements.

A jury found he violated the agreement while marketing his book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You To Know About," in infomercials made in 2006 and 2007 that aired about 32,000 times.

Trudeau told viewers in the infomercials that the "cure" to obesity was not a diet and did not require exercise, but the book instructed readers to walk an hour each day and to limit intake to 500 calories.

Prosecutors, who said Trudeau's actions resulted in over $37 million in losses to consumers, had sought at least a 10-year sentence, saying in court papers he was motivated by simple greed and had bilked consumers and defied court orders.

Defense attorneys for Trudeau had asked Guzman to sentence him to no more than 21 months in prison, based on the criminal contempt conviction alone and not for fraud, for which they said he had not been charged.

Trudeau's attorney, Thomas Kirsch, argued the government could not punish him for the content of the book and the amount of the fraud to the individual was small because they didn't wipe out anyone's life savings, attorney Thomas Kirsch said on Monday.

Dressed in an orange jump suit, Trudeau said prison life had caused him to reform and apologized to his family, prosecutors and the people who had bought his books in a lengthy statement before Guzman leveled his sentence.

"I have absolutely learned a life-changing lesson from all of this," Trudeau said.

The courtroom was packed with Trudeau supporters. One, Ed Foreman, 80, a motivational speaker from Dallas who had been a congressman for Texas and New Mexico, tried twice to make a statement in Trudeau's support during the hearing.

When Foreman failed to respond to the judge's order to be quiet, he was lifted up by his arms and legs and carried out of the courtroom by federal marshals.

Foreman was cited for creating a disturbance, which will cost him $175, according to U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Randall Samborn.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Two Women Hold the Future of the Internet in Their Hands

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 09:22 AM

One of the most consequential decisions Washington is set to make in 2014 won't come out of the White House, Congress, o . . .

NYT's Frank Bruni: Obama Sending Wrong Message on Foreign Policy

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 09:12 AM

President Barack Obama's public admission last week that the United States does not yet have a strategy to stem the thre . . .

GOP, Ready to Control Senate, Has New Strategy for Obama

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 06:54 AM

With Republicans poised to take control of the Senate, GOP lawmakers are developing a strategy to pass key bills, while  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved