Ex-TV pitchman Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison

TV pitchman and author Kevin Trudeau was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for lying to consumers about the benefits of a weight-loss plan.

Trudeau gave a lengthy statement in front of federal Judge Ronald Guzman.  Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit Trudeau said his last four months at the Metropolitan Correctional Center changed everything, that it was his wakeup call.

Trudeau said it was, “One of the best, most positive experiences of his life, a blessing.”

That being in jail has, “shaken him to his core.”

That he’s been, “stripped of all ego, defiance, arrogance and pride.”

Trudeau also said he takes 100 percent responsibility for his actions and that it would never happen again.

But Judge Guzman said his revelations, if true, were too little too late and said, Trudeau treated federal court orders as if they were suggestions.  That he publicly ridiculed and blatantly rejected opportunities to change his conduct.

Trudeau’s already twice been convicted of contempt.

Judge Guzman said: “Since he was 25 years old, the defendant, has steadfastly attempted to cheat others for his own personal gain.”

Trudeau supporters came from all over the country, crowding the courtroom.

One of those supporters was carried out of court by his arms and legs after twice interrupting court.  The supporter is Ed foreman, an 80-year-old retired congressman from Texas and New Mexico.  He is now a motivational speaker and appears in this YouTube video for one of Kevin Trudeau’s secretive organizations called the Global Information Network. He says he’s known him since he was 19.

Trudeau still hasn’t repaid the $37 million he was fined in civil court.

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6 comments

  • John

    I'd just like to say I thought this was really excellent and original reporting by Marcella. People take reporters for granted; their job is difficult and extremely important (not to discount anyone else's job). Thank you for painting a vivid picture of the atmosphere of the courtroom, it was refreshing to see a story that was clearly firsthand and not regurgitated and uninspired. And bravo to WGN for recognizing her talent! Never commented on anything like this before but people deserve praise when they do a good job not just grief when readers have a criticism. Whoever was responsible for me seeing this on Facebook, kudos to them as well.

    High fives all around! (sans Trudeau)

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