KEVIN TRUDEAU - THE CON OF THE CENTURY
9:02 p.m. CDT, October 16, 2013
First it was allegations of fancy haircuts, expensive cigars and jaunts at high-roller tables at Chicago-area casinos, even though he was supposed to be broke. Then came word that late-night TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau — found in contempt of court in July for failing to pay a more than $37 million fine — had hundreds of thousands of dollars hidden in offshore bank accounts and bought more than $200,000 in gold bars and coins that could not be found.
But the final straw might have been allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that Trudeau had bought $12,000 Patek Philippe gold-and-diamond cuff links and then claimed they were for his wife.
On Wednesday, an exasperated U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman ordered the best-selling author and infomercial king jailed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center until he complies with the judge's order to come clean about his assets and turn them over to satisfy the multimillion-dollar judgment.
In yet another twist in the nearly decade-old case, the judge allowed Trudeau to hold off surrendering to the federal downtown jail until Tuesday so he can attend a fundraiser in Washington for his legal defense fund.
Gettleman said he realized he was giving Trudeau a break even though the judge had been burned when he's done so in the past. The judge also acknowledged that throwing someone in jail in a civil case was a rare step, but he hoped "the message gets through."
"It really saddens me, Mr. Trudeau," the judge said. "You're a smart guy. Maybe you're too smart. Perhaps you have outsmarted yourself, but I can't allow this to keep going on."
Trudeau, 50, was banned by the FTC in 2004 from misrepresenting the contents of his hit book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About." Regulators said he violated the order a few years later with infomercials claiming the book was filled with "easy" techniques when it actually called for prescription hormone injections, a month of colon hydrotherapy and a 500-calorie-a-day diet.
In 2007, Gettleman fined Trudeau $37.6 million based on the number of "Weight Loss Cure" books sold.
Trudeau also faces criminal contempt charges stemming from the allegedly fraudulent infomercials. A jury trial is scheduled next month before U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman, and Trudeau faces years behind bars if convicted.
Recently, the FTC has accused Trudeau of embarking on a frantic effort to shield his assets from the government by moving them offshore and creating a complex network of companies that — on paper — are owned by his wife, friends or associates. Trudeau, meanwhile, has not paid a penny toward the fine but has continued to live high on the hog, according to authorities.
June 26, 2013 (CHICAGO)
After two decades of tangling with infomercial king Kevin Trudeau, federal attorneys in Chicago on Wednesday asked that the pitchman be put in jail for ignoring court orders.
It is merely coincidence that Trudeau's last name is composed of the words true and dough. The government says he is untruthful and he says he has no dough and so the Federal Trade Commission wants this ex-con infomercial star to be locked up until he pays back more than $37 million to consumers that the FTC says he cheated.
When Trudeau walked into the federal courthouse in Chicago Wednesday, federal authorities didn't want him to walk out. They are asking Judge Robert Gettleman to put Trudeau behind bars for ignoring a $37 million penalty Gettleman imposed six years ago. The fine was over this weight loss book peddled by Trudeau and bogus claims that he made in infomercials while selling it.
Trudeau has faced 20 years of inquiries, investigations and insults by officials from the Illinois Attorney General, the FTC, federal prosecutors and consumer groups. Wednesday his attorneys shuttled between two federal courtrooms trying to fend off new efforts to have him jailed by an obviously perturbed Judge Gettleman in the civil case and by Judge Ronald Guzman in a new criminal contempt case, who may seize his passport.
Trudeau claims to be broke, although the government claims he has hidden assets and lives a high-roller lifestyle. Last month, ABC News found Trudeau in Switzerland where he lives in a lakeside apartment wears fancy jewelry and still says he's broke.
That's what the court case is about. If they can find $37 million, pop the champagne, good luck. I know what I'm doing is right. You saw those people, those people on stage. This crowd, what I'm doing, is good. The people that bought that book, the weight loss cure, it changed their life. I don't care what the government says.
Trudeau's attorneys maintain that he always shows up for court hearings and is not a flight risk. They say there is no reason for him to be put in jail and to do so would be unfair. The federal lock-up certainly would be less lavish than Trudeau's accommodations in Zurich where, according to credit card records subpoenaed by the FTC, late last year he spent $30,000 on an Oriental rug and $110,000 at furniture boutiques.
HEARTBURN, FROM A BROKEN TV SOCIETY
As I get more into the mechanics of our broken system, it has forced me to increase my stock of Alka-Selzer. There are times when eating can get out of hand and you just need to drop two of those white quarter sized pellets into ten ounces of water.
And there are times that the scammers and crooks in our society, whether they be religious, political or social crooks just get my bile going and I'm off to the keyboard and research.
The biggest heartburn I get today is from the media sales and political arena we live in. We have become the Romans. We are a circus of actors, clowns, performers and some even have evolved to live by the sword of political assignation, outright lies and fraud, and that only ends in winners and losers, not always fair at times.
But not without our tags, we are a nation of tags, you are a "liberal, conservative, socialist, independent, and are classified or termed "soft or hard, dove or hawk, and moderate. But when it comes to TV advertising and infomercials the appropriate tag is "SUCKER", Barnum was right, well not exactly, one of his financiers, a Mr. Hannum actually said it. Barnum just believed it.
Certain "news" people are like the presenters on Home Shopping. The product comes out, the presenters fall all over it, one lies, and the other swears to it. And they show you “ hat a problem you have!"
Some of those demos they do are so Dally-wood played out they better get a fifth grader to show them how to "clean glass" or "change the bag" on the vacuum cleaner. And how many pots do you need to heat up Manwhich or Burger Helper. The product shown miraculously solves the problem. Add, big hair, big teeth, and lots of hype. Just like in politics. distortion and Dally-wood. And there is a pattern here, most of these infomercials are on very early in the AM.
Want to see the wacky side of life, turn on the TV at 4:00 AM. It is another culture. Voodoo Evangelicals, calling the flock to some mysterious place explaining tithing and donations in terms if your accountant would be a believer, he would advise you to sell your house and donate all of it so Jesus could do his job. And then come the cures. Targeted for the insomniacs bereaved with problems and sleep is an option. They are up for a reason, they are looking for the cure.
ENTER KEVIN TRUDEAU - THE MASTER OF THE SUPER CON and “FRIENDS”
Kevin Trudeau's is in his mid forties. He is originally from Lynn, Massachusetts. Voted most likely to succeed in his high school class, but went on to serve time for criminal activity in the 90's where he was voted TOP CON by his followers on his cellblock.
IN 1990, it seems he posed as a doctor so he could deposit $80,000 in fake checks, then plead guilty to larceny in 1991. Trudeau had also swindled customers who bought his mega-memory product via credit card. Kevin used the credit cards to run up over $100,000 in charges. Nice guy, huh?
“Meet the Tou-Cons” He soon met Donald Barrett who was the founder and president of ITV Direct, an infomercial company producing infomercials for broadcast in the United States mainly pushing health products which the FDA had to (CON-DEMM) condemn.
On April 19, 2004, Barrett, President of ITV Direct, Inc. received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration notifying him that the product Supreme Greens was being marketed as an unlicensed drug with false or misleading claims.
In June 2004, the FTC filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts deceptively marketed Supreme Greens and Coral Calcium Daily.
In October 5, 2007, the FTC sued ITV Direct, Inc. and Barrett for misrepresenting Kevin Trudeau’s "Weight-Loss Cure" book in the infomercial they produced to market it.
In November 19, 2007, in a separate FTC action, Trudeau was found in contempt of a 2004 court order for making “patently false" claims in the weight loss book.
On July 19, 2008, a federal judge ruled that two infomercials produced by ITV Direct for "Coral Calcium" and "Supreme Greens" were deceptive and that the firm's owners are liable for restitution being sought by the Federal Trade Commission, which is seeking nearly $55 million. Thats shut Barrett down for now.
On July 19, The judge also dismissed a countersuit filed by Donald Barrett, ITV’s president, who claimed the FTC was violating his First Amendment rights by taking him to court to force him to pull the ads.
On May 2, 2011, Barrett pleaded guilty to failing to report income and to selling a product touted as a disease preventative without approval from the FDA. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27, 2011.
On September 29, 2011, Barrett was sentenced to one year of probation, including three months in a community correction center and another three months of house arrest.
HIS HIGHER CALLING - HE FOUND RELIGION
After finding the LORD or was it a LORD and TAYLOR credit card, our hero claimed that his early criminal charges for stealing other people's money and his prison time inspired him to change his ways. If he stood with Mother Theresa and God and swore he was good now, I would still leave my wallet in the glove box of my car locked, windows partially down, and Rocky, my Rottweiler at 132 pounds to watch it.
In 2007, the FTC went after him for making exaggerated claims. This time it was for his book "Weight Loss Cure". Trudeau was forced to pay millions in royalties he had received from the sales of the book in a settlement for consumers.
He partnered with his cellmate from prison to join a multi-level marketing company (MLM) called Nutrition for Life. Trudeau and his business associate were quite successful, until they were sued by Illinois and seven other states for running an alleged pyramid scheme. Trudeau along with his company settled with all states for $185,000.
TV LOVES HIM
Reportedly, he spent twenty-two million dollars on TV last year to them last year. He makes some really strong outlandish claims. The Feds and the FTC see him differently as an author strongly thought to be a plagiarist, infomercial salesman aka the supreme con man, radio personality, without a station just infomercials, an advocate of alternative medicine who was accused of playing doctor by the Feds. He has several new scams out now.
He is simply an ex-con, a smart one, and with the right corrupt lawyers knows it takes million to make millions. So he loses on a few but the gross dollars from the students of Barnum and Hannum, more than make up for it and give him the lifestyle of the rich and infamous.
And on his show he is always surrounded by beautiful women, with large frontal apparatus, nice landing gear and short skirts just to keep your attention.
- Terri Ouellette who vetted Oreck Air Purifier
- Nancy Valen of a few Baywatch shows
- Sara Underwood and her great bod from 2007 Playboy Playmate of the Year
- Someone named Michelle Huber. Might be the Michelle Huber whose claim to fame consists of playing "Attractive Woman" on a single episode of The Sopranos.
HIS CREDITS (MOSTLY DEBITS TO THE UNKNOWING)
- He is best known for a number of controversial television infomercials promoting several books and his products (scams). Most of it is cut and paste information that can get you in more hot water than volcano bathing in Hawaii. He claims the government is always chasing him and he is only "doing this for you".
- Natural Cures,
- Free Money,
- Beating the Credit Reports.
- Addiction-Breaking System
- The Sable Hair Farming System
- Coral Calcium Supreme
- The clones of Natural Cures and similar copycat versions of the same cures and remedies, gleaned (lifted) from other books in print or on the web written by other non-qualified certified goof-balls who are the source of his breakthrough information and know to blend enough good information by good homeopathic thinkers and qualified in their field and voila the right mix!
HOW TO STAY OUT OF JAIL
You have a book. Enough to keep you out of jail. Sometimes...This is how he got around the Federal ban on his infomercials ban, since it's covered by the First Amendment. Don't sell the product, sell the theory. Most borrowed from others.
Folks like Kevin make millions and survive because people are always hoping and wishing for an easy way out and placing blame elsewhere. This is why I despise those who do this technique and gain popular support. Like Sarah Palin. She is no different. It's called prey on the false hopes of those in a bad position by casting blame on others.
Sarah nails the government, Democrats, and anyone else every day and is cheered for bringing theses quips, quotes and quirky quisems, of crap to the surface for those going through bad times. Sarah feels your pain. Twelve million dollars worth the first year people paid her to bitch and bitch.
Like Palin, Trudeau goes for the under-jobless, the homeless, the fearful, most of the fear, are the lies she spread like the birthers and those who are on a negative path or journey are looking for someone to blame.
They do the same thing, the government is the problem, not you, buy my book and you will be cured, attend my Tea Party, you will be free. I am there for you. Legally, in Kevins cases, false hope or is it? Caveat Emptor. They are both cons.
I despise what he does to many with illness and disease, some really physical and some I guess mentally self induced and promise's them false hope. He blames the government and the drug companies for causing these folks problems. I have a word for those who do this... SCUMBAGS.
KEVIN THE FELON
What you might not know is he is a known felon. One how comitted crime. Go to Wikipedia and get the truth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Trudeau Trudeau has been embroiled in a number of civil suits and misdemeanor and felony criminal cases. He was convicted of larceny and credit card fraud in the early 1990s, and in 1998 paid a $500,000 fine for making false or misleading claims in his infomercials. He has a partner in these scams that he met in prison, his name is Pat Garrett.
OCTOBER 7, 2008
A federal judge has banned Kevin Trudeau from infomercials in which he has an interest for three years and ordered him to pay more than $5 million in profits from his book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About."
The ruling confirms an earlier contempt finding against Trudeau -- the second time he has been found in contempt of court in the past four years.
In August, Judge Robert W. Gettleman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois stood by his conclusion in 2007 that Trudeau "clearly, and no doubt intentionally," violated a provision of a 2004 stipulated court order that prohibits Trudeau from misrepresenting the content of books in his infomercials.
The judge stated that "the Infomercial[s] falsely and intentionally led thousands (probably hundreds of thousands) of consumers to believe that the Weight Loss Book would describe an 'easy,' 'simple' protocol that, once 'finished' would allow the consumer to 'eat anything' he or she wants."
FEBRUARY 21, 2008
The Missouri Attorney General's Office has reached an agreement with two companies that sell health-related products through TV infomercials featuring Kevin Trudeau. Under the agreement, Missouri consumers will receive almost $1,100 in refunds. The companies also agreed to change their business practices.
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon reached the agreement on Wednesday with Natural Cures, which also uses the name ITV Global Inc. The settlement resolves complaints that the companies repeatedly charged consumers for products they did not order. Natural Cures uses infomercials to sell books that claim to promote healthy lifestyles. But many consumers who purchased the books said they also received a subscription for a newsletter they did not order. Consumers then received repeated bills for that newsletter.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2004
In addition, Trudeau cannot make disease or health benefits claims for any type of product, service, or program in any advertising, including print, radio, Internet, television, and direct mail solicitations, regardless of the format and duration.
Trudeau is paying $500,000 in cash and transferring residential property located in Ojai, California, and a luxury vehicle to the Federal Trade Commission to satisfy the $2 million monetary judgment against him. In the event that the court finds that Trudeau or his companies misrepresented their financial condition, the order would require Trudeau to pay $20 million pursuant to an avalanche clause.
'This ban is meant to shut down an infomercial empire that has misled American consumers for years,' said Lydia Parnes, Acting Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. 'Other habitual false advertisers should take a lesson; mend your ways or face serious consequences.'
In nationally-televised infomercials, Trudeau advertised that Coral Calcium Supreme, a dietary supplement purportedly made from Japanese marine coral, provided the same amount of bioavailable calcium as two gallons of milk, could be absorbed into the body faster than ordinary calcium, and could cure cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, lupus, and other illnesses.
THE BOOKS - THE ENTRY LEVEL NEWEST SCAM
Since the government censored him, his work around is to get you to join his club, then you are screwed. You joined, who you gonna sue? Heres the scam, it's in levels, the books and stuff are designed to suck you into his organizations. Order the book and you get the pitch. The pitch is Natural Cures.com another club, clubs are big, you should be hit with one if you send him a dime.
ONE CONSUMER WROTE
After watching an infomercial for Natural Cures, I called and ordered the book. The person taking the order was very pushy (wouldn't take "no") about trying to also get me to sign up for the 10/month newsletter. She kept telling me that the first issue was free, and it was easy to cancel if I didn't like it.
So I ordered the book, but NOT the newsletter. However, when the book arrived, so did the newsletter. There were 4 different phone numbers to call if you wanted to cancel, and I called them all, but was never able to cancel my order. Sometimes you get an automatic switch board, which puts you on hold, but nobody ever answers. Sometimes you just get a recorded message saying that they are upgrading their phones, please call back later.
I complained to my credit card company, and the customer service person tried to call and cancel the newsletter, but she couldn't get thru either. The credit card company would remove the 10 charge when I called to complain about it, but I had to call each month.
The credit card company wouldn't stop the monthly 10 charge from being made; the only way I could stop the charges each month was to cancel my old credit card, and have a new one issued. I don't understand why the legal authoritities haven't shut this company down for business fraud. I have learned my lesson; I will never order another product from Kevin Trudeau.
1- Monthly Membership - $9.95 per month.
2- Yearly Membership Special Offer - Includes 3 FREE books, 13 brand new Health reports and the Herpes Cure Report.
3- Only pay $59.95 per year and a one-tme $9.95 shipping charge.
4- Lifetime Membership - Regular Price $2,500, Limited Time Offer $1000 Onetime Fee!
5- Lifetime Membership - Regular Price $2,500, 15 Monthly Payments of $100!
After he gets you with the newsletter and the other monthly gimmicks and ruses, you will be invited into his secret society. Here is the first page of his website which is a take off, or affiliation, or he borrowed, the quite lengthy preface from the other secret societies.
Mark Hamilton's NEO THINKER, AYN RAND, NEO -TECH and other Secret society's, all based or derived from the other ecret societies like Scientology, of Biblical, Bablical or Bublical, fame. I would have been remiss if I didn't remind you of the others...You keep the secret so that the normal people who see right through these things won't crack up laughing whenever they see you and use phrases like "What an frickin idiot",
His use of a secret society theme reminds us of other secret organizations. Not all could be listed here, not enough room, but as examples, are the Bohemian Club, the Trilateral Commisssion, The Illuminati, the Skull and Bones of Yale, the Freemasons, the Bilderberg group. All very secret societies. his latest enterprise is the GIN, the Global Information Network.
STEP 4 - THE SUPER SCAM
The Global Information Network (GIN) is a private exclusive member-only global association of individuals dedicated to achieving:
- Financial independence
- Wealth creation
- Dynamic health
- And emotional well-being.
GIN is a global group of like minded highly influential, affluent, and freedom-orientated people from various business, social and economic sectors. The goal of GIN is to provide a safe haven where members can build mutually beneficial long-term relationships to help one another better achieve each of their goals, desires and dreams. The belief is that this rare and unique ability to associate with people from around the world allows each member special advantages that they would not have as isolated individuals.
Members include highly accomplished leaders from a large variety of industrial, financial, social and political sectors. Many members have major professional accomplishments, academic accolades and worldwide reputations and achievements. Members share a desire to help other members share knowledge, connections, and expertise, and mentor those members who are serious about taking charge of their own destinies, achieving wealth, gaining financial freedom, experiencing dynamic health, and reaching high levels of overall emotional well-being.
GIN provides its members with exclusive, confidential, never before released information regarding:
• The Law of Attraction
• Money Making Opportunities
• Worldwide Real Estate
• Stocks, Bonds and Trading
• Commodities, Worldwide Currencies
• Off-shore Banking
• Asset Protection
• Natural Remedies and Cures for Illnesses • And much more.
NOTE: The GIN membership list is confidential. You didn't think they would tell you who these mysterious people are? And after they were scammed, you don't think they would even admit to it. Membership is by invitation only. My dog qualified... All members of GIN are and will always remain anonymous to the general public.
GIN is a Multi-Form Foundation organized in the Country of Nevis.
"NEVIS" ? - HAD TO LOOK THAT ONE UP
Just ask yourself if this deal is so good why are the pushing offshore banking which is now a prime topic with the Federal Government and the IRS. First we'll look at NEVIS and see why they are hungry for any kind of business. Agriculture isn't doing well, all they have is tourism and though it got better for a year it is on the decline worldwide due to the economy.
Nevis is one of the world's premier destinations for Offshore Banking, Offshore Incorporation, and Offshore Investing, and has been for more than the past 10 years. Nevis has a highly stable government, thats cause there are few if any guns allowed on the island, and a no nosense police force, a stable but weak currency, with a fixed value of US$1 = EC$2.70.
Carib Indians occupied the islands for hundreds of years before the British began settlement in 1623. The islands became an associated state of the UK with full internal autonomy in 1967. The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede in 1971.
Saint Kitts and Nevis achieved independence in 1983. In 1998, a vote in Nevis on a referendum to separate from Saint Kitts fell short of the two-thirds majority needed. Nevis continues in its efforts to separate from Saint Kitts. Columbus had visited the island and kept going. No five star hotels I guess.
Economic growth was above average for Latin America from 2004 to 2006, but has since slowed. Tourism is projected, via the WeeGee system to give the economy a boost in if large cruise ships add St. Kitts and Nevis to their itineraries. As long as they can get food, there is very little on the island. Hint: Get the boat concierge to make you a box lunch unless you are big on raw fish you catch and coconut pate.
More than 200,000 tourists visited the islands in 2009. Like other tourist destinations in the Caribbean, St. Kitts and Nevis is vulnerable to damage from natural disasters and shifts in tourism demand. They are called Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Bad Food and the amenities the island offers which is little. The current government is constrained by a high public debt burden equivalent to roughly 185% of GDP, largely attributable to public enterprise losses. So they bribe, steal and squander more than they take in… welcome the investor, welcome the GIN. I call it the GIN MILL.
NEVIS is like VEGAS, what goes on in NEVIS stays in NEVIS, mainly your money…..
So it is promoting the offshore business and in the United States, statistics show that a law suit is filed every thirty seconds pertaining to losses. About 94% of the world’s law suits are filed in the United States.
With the changes in UK law, bringing it more in line with US litigation legislation, it is expected that the UK will substantially increase the number of suits that are filed. Right now investing in NEVIS, you have little or no claim power.
Some attorneys seek to check an individual’s bank account balance in the US, before deciding whether to take on a case. Maybe thats why Kevin might be hiding his money there. In the US, this is easier than you may think to find resources, It's called "laundering". But it is next to impossible in the offshore. Thats why scammers take things offshore. Be careful of where you bank and what you get into.
"PERSONALLY SELECTED" TO JOIN - TRANSLATION
You are getting laid away probably by one of your friends in this pyramid scheme and scam. Madoof is a saint compared to these cons. But to work we need the bait and here it is….the script we call...
Welcome to the Global Information Network. You have been personally selected and handpicked to receive this exclusive invitation. Someone thinks you are special and deserve to be accepted as a new member in the Global Information Network. This is your personal private invitation to become a member of one of the world’s most exclusive private wealth-building organizations.
In addition, you are also being offered the chance to join at the ground floor of what is being called one of the best money making opportunities of all time. If you accept this invitation, you will be joining the most unique, private and extremely exclusive member-only societies designed to help you create wealth, and teach you the secrets to have, be or do anything and everything you ever desire.
You will learn the true insider secrets to become happier than ever before, and experience the highest level of emotional well being as well as dynamic physical health.
Membership is not for everyone and may not be for you.
Please take the time to listen to this brief audio overview, and review all the information on the Global Information Network website to get all the facts and particulars. Then decide if you would like to submit a new member application and be considered for membership. Not all applications will be accepted and not everyone qualifies.
If you are approved for membership, 90 days from today you could be making more money than you ever thought possible. Rarely would you be offered a chance to get in on the ground floor of an opportunity that could make all of your dreams come true. Today is that rare day.
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