Trudeau is in prison and his infomercials are still airing!

Why is this happening? Well, it’s a bit odd…

Pitchman Kevin Trudeau in prison but ads air.

Churchman sat up and watched in disbelief as Kevin Trudeau, the dapper, effusive pitchman who had just been sentenced in Chicago to 10 years in prison for lying in an infomercial about his weight-loss book, held up a different book called “Free Money ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About.”

The “Free Money” infomercial that Churchman saw was actually shot years ago and produced by a California company called Free is My Favorite LLC, which also owns the rights to Trudeau’s book, records show. Under their sales agreement, the owners of Free is My Favorite were to pay Trudeau a small percentage of the sales in royalties.

A Fox Business executive said in a written statement Friday the network ordered the Free Money infomercial pulled immediately after being notified of Trudeau’s conviction — although the spot did run one additional time due to a “technical error made by an outside media buyer” that had purchased the rights to the air time. To prevent future miscues, “the tape has since been destroyed,” said Brian Jones, senior vice president of programming and operations.

Fox was not the only network airing the spot, though. Cable television viewers from Illinois to Florida have also reported seeing the Free Money infomercial on various stations, often late at night after regular programming has ended.

The reason some of Trudeau’s informercials are still airing is because some companies bought the rights to air them before Trudeau’s case started.

The money being made from the airing of the informercials are now going to the government and will later on go toward paying off the $37 million Trudeau was fined by the FTC. So, any money from new people goes to pay the old… Um. Weird.

For our previous coverage of Kevin Trudeau and his criminal case, go here.

Kevin Trudeau's informercials keep airing on TV after his imprisonment.

Kevin Trudeau’s informercials keep airing on TV after his imprisonment.

  8 comments for “Trudeau is in prison and his infomercials are still airing!

  1. April 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    “…some companies bought the rights to air them before Trudeau’s case started.”

    But the companies will be required to stop airing the commercials, right? Or are they somehow grandfathered in since they had rights prior to the case? (as ridiculous as that sounds).

  2. Haldurson
    April 28, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    I agree about your ‘money from new people going to pay the old’, being odd, but I’d go further than that and call it downright wrong, bordering on criminal. Shouldn’t all sales simply be blocked (unless there’s something about this particular book that makes it legit).

  3. David H
    April 28, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Just a wild guess here, but I’ll bet “Free is My Favorite LLC” was some sort of shell Trudeau set up to hide his fortune from the prosecutors.
    Probably an employee or relative was paid to register the company and maintain it in a fictional separation from Trudeau.

  4. Adam
    April 29, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    I bet the second this huckster is out of prison he’ll be back to his own ways. He’ll either find Jesus and set to work on religious marks pretending he is a changed man, or he’ll fold his jail time into the broad conspiracy he’s pushed all these years that he is selling secrets that “they” don’t want people to know about.

  5. Brian
    April 29, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Isn’t money from new people being used to pay the old just about bordering on a pyramid scam, since the book is most likely useless, at the very least with outdated information…..

  6. Lee
    April 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    I brought this up a number of weeks ago at my astonishment at seeing these commercials still airing. I was wondering how this was occurring and now I know. Evil cannot be contained!

  7. xxicenturyboy
    April 29, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    But I bought this DDT before it was illegal so I can use it right?

  8. eddi
    May 1, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Whoever made the commercial paid Fox and the other networks to run it a certain number of times in a chosen time slot. It is not their job to check the commercials for accuracy. So no laws are broken. Taste and ethics on the other hand got a swift kick in the goolies.

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