A federal judge rejected an impassioned plea from a television pitchman for his freedom on Tuesday, ordering U.S. Marshals to lock up Kevin Trudeau for failing to pay a $37 million civil judgment.
The visibly exasperated judge had already ordered that Trudeau be jailed during a hearing in Chicago when Trudeau stood up and asked if he could address the court. The Federal Trade Commission won the judgment after accusing Trudeau of hoodwinking viewers about his weight-loss books.
“There are no more assets to turn over, your honor,” the 50-year-old Trudeau insisted during a 10-minute plea, at times striking a note of desperation. “I’m going to be incarcerated … and I don’t know what to do.”
Wahh, let’s have a pity party for poor Kevin who finagled people out of money. Ugh. But, this may only last until Thursday when another hearing is scheduled.
Trudeau is accused of hiding his assets that he is required to use to pay back people he defrauded. But he won’t talk. The judge hope jail fixes that.
Mocking Trudeau’s claims that he can’t remember where all of his millions went at Tuesday’s hearing, Gettleman noted, “It’s kind of interesting that Mr. Trudeau wrote a book about memory,” suggesting Trudeau read his own book.
“I don’t really have any alternative,” an exasperated Gettleman told Trudeau last week, when he postponed an earlier order to jail Trudeau so that Trudeau could attend a fundraiser for his own legal defense.
Trudeau still faces a criminal trial connected to the claims he made on TV about his diet book.