Update to the Kevin Trudeau jail watch: In Jail
On Tuesday, a federal jury wasn’t buying what Trudeau was selling. The panel of six men and six women deliberated just 45 minutes before finding the controversial author guilty of criminal contempt of court for lying about the contents of his weight loss book in infomercials that aired seven years ago.
In his criminal contempt trial, the focus was on the three half-hour infomercials that aired on late-night TV in 2006 and 2007. In the programs, an energetic Trudeau told viewers he’d uncovered a secret and permanent weight loss plan that was devised by a British doctor in the 1950s and was being covered up by the government and big food companies that wanted to keep people fat.
The key to the program was a “miracle substance” that changed the body’s metabolism, allowing people to eat as much as they wanted — from pot roast and mashed potatoes to ice cream sundaes with real whipped cream — and not gain any weight, Trudeau claimed. He said there was no exercise or dieting, no portion control or calorie counting required.
The trial was regarding Trudeau’s “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About.” The FTC alleged that he misrepresenting the contents of the book. In the informercials, Trudeau “claimed the book was filled with “easy” techniques when it actually called for prescription injections of a hormone found only in pregnant women, a month of colon hydrotherapy and a 500-calorie-per-day diet regimen.”
The scariest part of this story was the group of followers who liken the con artist to Nelson Mandela! They still think his get rich quick and health advice was life changing.
About two dozen disappointed Trudeau supporters slowly filed out of the courtroom, some clutching copies of his books with tears in their eyes.
He had urged his followers to support his legal fund and email the judge on his behalf. Part of his defense was that he was anti-big-government and there was hint that was why he was on trial for advertising same as everyone else does.
Sentencing is Friday and since there is no maximum sentence for contempt of court in federal statutes, Trudeau may face probation or life in prison.
No sympathy here.