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March 18, 2014

Jailhouse Secrets They Don't Want You to Know About!

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Posted by Derek

As I had hoped last year, scam artist Kevin Trudeau is indeed heading off for a ten-year sentence. I have searched, without success, for a photo of him wearing an orange jumpsuit and being bundled into a windowless prison van, but we'll just have to use our imaginations for that. Not to worry - a good steam cleaning, and the vehicle will be surely be fit to transport honest burglers again.

Trudeau had been convicted of criminal contempt, for egregiously violating earlier court orders to stop ripping people off through his all-natural-cures informercial empire. Past entries here have detailed what the man is like, and if you know anything about chemistry or biology, twenty seconds of listening to any of his pitches has usually been enough to make you bury your head in your hands. But there are untold millions of people out there who know nothing about either subject, and are willing to listen when someone spins them tales of wonderful medicines and cures that the great shadowy "They" don't want anyone to know about. Trudeau cynically raked in the cash by appealing to ignorance and promoting suspicion. With any luck, we shall not see his like again. But I'm afraid we will.

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1. Bring the Movies on March 18, 2014 7:43 AM writes...

"Trudeau cynically raked in the cash by appealing to ignorance and promoting suspicion."


The Pharmaceutical Industry raked in the cash by appealing to ignorance and promoting suspicion.

Suspicion being suspicious that you have something "medically wrong" with you. (eg low testosterone.


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2. mb on March 18, 2014 8:29 AM writes...

So he was not convicted of actually ripping people off. I am sorry but this type (Martha Stewart is another) if conviction is something I think is fundamentally wrong. If he ripped people off, convict him of that. If he did not or you can't prove it, then the contempt charge for not obeying a court order to stop ripping people off (which they can't prove) is wrong.

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3. Hap on March 18, 2014 8:46 AM writes...

You can sell anything you want, but if you get caught lying about it, well, you have committed a crime. And if you tell the Feds to "go fly a kite" when they tell you to stop, that would be contempt. Police generally get sort of pissy when you ignore their authority, and if you decide that the cashflow is worth the risk of them putting you in orange,'ll probably be wearing orange.

Not really sure why why I should be bothered by Martha Stewart either - she got inside information (nonpublic info from someone with a duty to his shareholders that he hosed), traded on it, and then lied to the Feds about it. Don't want to do time in a federal prison? Don't lie to the Feds. In her case, the cost of perjury (getting caught lying to the police) was far greater than giving up the money she got from insider info, but she assumed that the chance of her getting caught times the cost of getting caught was less than the cost of giving up the results of her trades, so she lied. And they caught her. That's why they call it gambling. Don't want to lose? Don't gamble.

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4. mb on March 18, 2014 8:57 AM writes...

if he lied, then fraud is an conviction, seeing as how they did not get that, what is your point?

You are completely wrong about Martha Stewart as well, you seem to not grasp facts and nuance well.

Government can investigate and investigate and investigate forever. You run a long enough investigation eventually a person will need to make a living (remember that told Kevin to stop earning money) if only to defend themselves from the relentless investigation.

Martha Stewart was convicted of defending herself, i.e. saying she was not guilty, of the charges they did not prove. But according to the government that was manipulating her companies stock price. Pretty f'ed up.

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5. Hap on March 18, 2014 9:15 AM writes...

I don't think I'm the one with a lack of logic here - what part of "Trudeau had been convicted of criminal contempt, for egregiously violating earlier court orders to stop ripping people off through his all-natural-cures informercial empire." do you not understand? The government told him to stop, he told them where they could shove it, and so they put him away. Jail doesn't require an initial criminal offense - if you escape jail from a bench warrant, you're going to do serious time, whether what you did originally was not paying a parking ticket or multiple murders.

And the Martha Stewart thing...well, you don't seem to have that right, either. This was from the verdict announcement, and I'm pretty sure "defending herself" was not on the list of charges, unless lying is considered a just defense technique. Good luck with that.

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6. alig on March 18, 2014 9:29 AM writes...

He was previously convicted of fraud and part of the sentence was to stop committing fraud and pay restitution. He has done neither. Now he says: "If I ever write a book again, if I ever do another infomercial again, I promise no embellishment, no puffery and absolutely no lies." However, District Judge Robert Gettleman has repeatedly found Trudeau in civil contempt for failing to pay anything toward a $37.6 million fine imposed by the Federal Trade Commission in spite of continuing to live a lavish lifestyle. He is going to jail because he ignored his previous lesser punishment.

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7. Anonymous on March 18, 2014 11:39 AM writes...

Sadly, this could make him more of a martyr to those who blindly follow his quackery and make him even more rich after he publishes his book on why "they" put him in prison.

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8. Anonymous on March 18, 2014 12:16 PM writes...

#1 is this really a case where people are being misled? i'm under the impression that guys who go in for T treatment pretty much just want the anabolic experience legally

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9. Anonymous on March 18, 2014 1:40 PM writes...

He's obviously no good to society as a whole, so happy he's put away, regardless of any technicalities of the legal process discussed above.

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10. newnickname on March 18, 2014 2:51 PM writes...

I think that the Girl Scouts of America should sue Martha Stewart for stealing their ideas, recipes, crafts and many other copyrighted plans and projects. I can't believe people pay for her "style" (Ooh! Let's cover this flower pot with shiny aluminum foil!) and buy her "signature" brands.

Q: What's the difference between a Martha Stewart bath towel and a regular Cannon bath towel?

A: $10. And the Cannon towel is not just cheaper but of higher quality, too (according to Consumer Reports).

But of Trudeau, I thought his guaranteed weight loss method was "eat less, exercise more"? Who can argue with that?

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11. supplement joe on March 18, 2014 3:48 PM writes...

I never followed his shenanigans very much, after hearing him talk for a few minutes. He appealed to a lot of people who have BIG everything working against them or think they do: government, corporations, unions. He elevated himself by calling out the devil and mixed some common sense with sheer idiocy -the combination being lethal. Still, I am very uncomfortable with about everything government is doing these days and Trudeau's demise is another odd chapter in the ongoing loss of liberty. His example only fuels the police, the bureaucracy and the misbegotten and misinformed. Ugh.

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12. Anchor on March 18, 2014 5:47 PM writes...

The joke is on us. At this writing he is plotting a book on how to survive the prison conditions and perhaps, rake in millions!

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13. DrOcto on March 19, 2014 4:30 AM writes...

"But there are untold millions of people out there who know nothing about either subject"

This is the problem, not Kevin Trudeau. Personally I don't have the patience to let Darwinian evolution sort this problem out, as much as I'd like to.

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14. Tatvachintan on March 20, 2014 4:03 AM writes...

Well i don't think this to be a bad news. I'm happy :)

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