Best-selling author Kevin Trudeau, the TV infomercial star turned sentenced swindler, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of cheating people out of millions of dollars over a false weight loss book. His prison term follows his non-cooperation of paying a nearly $40 million fine, and he was called deceitful to his very core by a United States district judge located in Chicago on Monday.
Trudeau, age 50, attempted to try one final pitch at the judge, stating that the four months he already spent behind bars had already changed him for the better. He declared that he had absolutely learned a life altering lesson from all of the events that had occurred. The infomercial star who was well known for his trademark dyed jet black hair that had turned somewhat gray as he waited for his sentencing in jail, showed little reaction as the tough sentence was handed down to him.
However he did address the judge previously in a 10-minute prepared statement. He apologized and stated that he was a changed man. He explained how he now prayed, meditated and also read self-help books while he was locked up at a correction center in Chicago. Yet, his spiel did nothing to help himself out of his situation because the judge showed him no sympathy. Instead, he publicly shamed Trudeau and called him a cheat and habitual charlatan and had been doing so since he was the age of 25. The judge added that Trudeau was so shameless that he had even once used his own mother’s Social Security number to use in one of his schemes.
The accusations of deceit mirrored the prosecutors’ specific claims. Trudeau was labeled by them as plundering the poor, sick and insecure when he had his 2009 book, The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About, published. It ended up making almost $50 million in sales.
Prosecutors also declared that Trudeau’s actions had caused over $37 million in losses to patrons. He had put in his book weight-loss claims such as telling people to walk an hour every day and also to make sure they limited their food intake to only 500 calories and no more. There were numerous customer reviews of the book put up on the Amazon website which gave it only two and a half stars. The comments included such remarks as “Only the wallet will lose any weight” and “The book is garbage”.
Even with all this trouble, Trudeau still had a few dedicated and admiring fans. There were a couple of positive Amazon comments about the book and the sentencing on Monday was disturbed two different times when an 80-year-old former congressman for both New Mexico and Texas attempted to make some sort of statement during the hearing. He was ultimately carried out of the room and given a ticket for creating a public disturbance.
So best-selling author Kevin Trudeau, the infamous TV infomercial star turned sentenced swindler, is heading to prison on a sentence of 10 years after he was convicted of cheating people out of millions of dollars over a false weight loss book. His prison term follows his non-cooperation of paying a nearly $40 million fine.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Washington Post