50-year-old Kevin Trudeau officially traded in his pristine navy suit for an orange jumpsuit Tuesday when a federal jury convicted him of criminal contempt. At issue were his bestselling books and how they translated to Trudeau’s late night infomercials.
The lawyer for the author and TV pitchman called them “advertising” plain and simple. Prosecutors called them a pack of lies misleading the public and that he was motivated by greed. For that, the defendant could be looking at anything from probation to life in prison.
Today, after a weeklong trial, the verdict was read and Judge Ronald Guzman had the defendant taken into custody immediately saying he was a flight risk.
Trudeau’s supporters were with him in court. They subscribe to his teachings, some greatly critical of the government, and they believe in Trudeau is a humble man and changing lives with his message.
Sometime after the new year, Judge Guzman will sentence Trudeau but no specific date has been set. For now, a flurry of post-trial motions likely will be filed as Trudeau sits in jail. There is no bond for him. He has another federal case hanging over his head. Another Cook County judge is trying to sort out an unpaid debt of $38 million owed the Federal Trade Commission. The court is suggesting Trudeau is hiding the large sum in overseas accounts.