Kevin Trudeau, the TV pitchman known for touting his book The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About could face 10 years in prison if prosecutors have their way. Convicted back in November for criminal contempt, he aired infomericals touting his book 32,000 times in violation of a court order.
Defense attorneys believe Trudeau--who has served time before on similar charges--should serve less than two years.
Federal prosecutors are determined, however, to put an end to his schemes, and they wrote a 41-page filing that suggests Kevin Trudeau would likely even cheat his fellow inmates.
"He appears capable of nothing else," it reads. "(Trudeau) is an unrepentant, untiring and uncontrollable huckster who has defrauded the unsuspecting for thirty years. (He) preys upon the sick who want to be made healthy, the poor who want to become rich."
The defense said in their own filing that, "Contrary to the view of Trudeau advanced by the government, he is a man who has consistently displayed kindness, generosity, concern for others."
Trudeau was convicted for making false claims about his latest book, and he then proceeded to tout it on infomercials, generating $39 million in revenue and $5 million or more in profit. The government is after him for not paying a previous $37 million judgement in a civil case, which he not only didn't pay, but bragged about not paying.
Consumer groups have long complained that Trudeau has no medical training whatsoever, yet believed he was educated enough to write books on health. The man who seemingly has an answer for everything came back with one for this complaint as well, saying doctors "are taught only how to write out prescriptions" for "poisons" and "cut out pieces of a person's anatomy."
Kevin Trudeau is in jail pending his sentencing on Monday. Is he guilty of bilking consumers or do you think he and his books share previously undisclosed medical information that no doctors, hospitals or homeopathic practitioners have ever utilized instead?
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