- Crime and punishment March 18
Years of peddling the secrets to instant weight loss and finding free money have caught up to Kevin Trudeau. The well-known late-night television pitchman will have to sell his schlock in a federal prison for the next 10 years, as he was found yesterday in criminal contempt for violating a 2004 court order that barred him from making false infomercials.
"Since the age of 25, (Trudeau) has attempted to cheat others for his own personal gain," U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman said yesterday, adding that Trudeau is an "unrepentant, untiring, and uncontrollable huckster who has defrauded the unsuspecting for 30 years." Since the 2004 court order, Trudeau's ads aired more than 32,000 times and garnered him more than $40 million in revenue.
Trudeau, who has been in custody since his federal conviction last November, is planning to appeal the ruling.- - Jordan Valinsky
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