The 50-year-old convicted fraudster was jailed Wednesday by U.S. Judge Robert Gettleman, who finally lost patience with Trudeau’s repeated claims of poverty.
“This is not an infomercial — you can’t talk your way out of this” Gettleman told Trudeau after the TV pitchman made an impassioned plea for his freedom.
The Federal Trade Commission had presented bank statements showing Trudeau’s latest extravagancies and made allegations that Trudeau hid an Australian bank account containing $20,000 from the court just days after a July court hearing at which he was threatened with jail if he didn’t cooperate.
Trudeau’s continued “dissembling” shows that only jail has the power to coerce him into revealing the full extent of his foreign business interests and secret offshore bank accounts, the judge said.
Gettleman wrote earlier this summer that he has seen “evidence that Trudeau is living much more like a prince than the pauper he professes to be.” That includes Trudeau’s use of top-dollar attorneys and allegations that he drives a $340,000 Bentley and employs two personal chefs and a butler at his suburban Chicago home.
This is a continuation on this story that describes his legal wranglings.
From ABC News
Trudeau’s next court appearance will be Thursday morning at 11 a.m. He can purge the contempt and get out of jail if he satisfies the judge that he’s being forthcoming, candid and honest.
That will be some good acting!
For the continuing saga of Kevin Trudeau (which I hope is at an end), check out our previous stories here. This guy is the consummate unsinkable rubber duck. I’m sure he will bounce back with more kooky quackery.
UPDATE (19-Sept-2013): Trudeau has been released from jail
A judge agreed to free TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau from custody today, but warned that he would throw him back into jail if he does not cooperate with federal regulators looking into his financial affairs.
“I’m going to release you today,” U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman told Trudeau, dressed in an orange jumpsuit after spending a night at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. “If I’m not satisfied that you’ve been forthright with them, you might be wearing the same color you’re wearing right now.”
Tip: Jason Korbus and David Wood