Attention, Whole Foods shoppers

Trudeau“Natural Cure” fraudster Kevin Trudeau sentenced to jail after failing to pay $38 million fine.

Infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau has been ordered to jail after failing to pay a $38 million fine he received for misleading thousands of people with advertisements for  weight-loss books.

In August, a federal judge sided with the Federal Trade Commission to hand over control of the presenter’s assets and businesses to court-appointed official.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been after 50-year-old Trudeau, originally from Massachusetts, for several years after he made millions flogging what he claims are natural cures for serious and potentially fatal illnesses.

The ruling at the end of last month was the latest round in more than a decade of legal battles that began with a suit filed by the Federal Trade Commission.

Trudeau was slapped with a $38 million fine in 2011 after allegedly scamming customers for decades.

The FTC said that he has made millions of dollars by telling followers that coral calcium can cure cancer among other claims.

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12 responses to “Attention, Whole Foods shoppers

  1. Walt

    Dude –
    You know, the infomercial business may work for us. You kind of remind me of a cross between the ShamWow guy and Ron Popiel. Remember him? How cool was that hair in the can stuff? Perfectly safe as long as you didn’t smoke or BBQ. And the Chop-O-Matic? A classic. BUT WAIT!! THERE’S MORE!! Popiels Pocket Fisherman? I bet you owned one. If you can sell dirt, you certainly should be able to hawk these quality products. You have actually sold some dirt, correct?

    Anyhows, your target audience is made up of vain, over the hill blue hairs, so we need to focus initially on beauty products. Anti-aging cream made out of seaweed, virgin piss, and other exotic ingredients. We can have it made in Korea, and the gooks can get it here for $1.09 a unit. We charge $19.99 PLUS $4.95 S&H. We call the show “The Fountain of Youth™”. We can roll out a limitless number of crap products. Hair dye, vitamins, maybe some of that herbal food crap, marketed under “Fountain of Food™”. This could lead to sex toys, marketed under “Fountain of Fun™.”
    Great idea, right? Let me get you a white paper.

    Your Pal,
    Walt

  2. I guess this dashes the hopes of all of those back country McMansion owners hoping that Kevin was in the market for a prestige property.

  3. Anonymous

    Speaking of Whole Foods, did you catch this article yesterday?
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-maclean/surviving-whole-foods_b_3895583.html

  4. housecat

    I wonder if our erstwhile Anti-Vaxer’s guru is next. His business model is virtually identical to this one…

  5. Anonymous

    was a great 20/20 episode (or something like that) a few weeks ago where they chased that scumbag around the globe. he’s been living in zurich in a posh apartment building, living the high life, and planted his “wife” (a columbia grad student) as president of all his various enterprises. of course, that’s a sham too.

  6. Yardbird

    OT

    Chris,
    Did you catch the caption below Demaio’s picture….??
    He has a public defender!!
    Not that there’s anything wrong with that,
    But Jesus.
    He is tapped, flat broke, and busted!

    From a 7.5m house on round hill, to that….wtf!?!

    • Just_looking

      Probably added to his stress, the result of which we have all read about. Middle age, unemployed, brancrupt Italian whose wife was filing for divorce. Seems like enough stressors to pop a gasket to me. don’t agree with the outlet, but can see some of the inputs.

  7. Al Dente

    So making false claims will land you in jail.
    And Obama’s hundreds of false claims lands him in the White House!
    What a country.

    • Anonymous

      Well, that’s the rub of it. Making false claims is considered a bankable skill set for politicians, but it will land anyone else in a cell. Americans are truly under the boot of our ruling politicians, but the sad fact is, most don’t notice because they’re too busy collecting all that candy that’s being handed out.

  8. t

    Marty at Boardroom is elated