You probably knew by now that there are a lot of poor quality products that are being sold on TV using infomercials. There have even been some downright scams touted on the Television that use infomercials to help build their credibility. Kevin Trudeau is being sentenced to a long and harsh prison sentence for having misled consumers into buying his book over the TV and delivering contents that were contrary to his advertisements.
Infomercial Fraudster Kevin Trudeau Sentenced to 10 Years Prison
This ruling may have some pitchmen wondering if they should be worried about any of their products backfiring on them and causing them to face the judge for fraud. Kevin Trudeau is being sentenced to 10 years in prison, plus an additional 5 years of supervision after his eventual release. This will make the now 51 year old businessman/con artist a very old man by the time his full sentence is completed.
This was not the first time that Kevin Trudeau had gotten himself into trouble by misrepresenting his products, and that may be the exact reason that the judge was so intent on delivering a severe sentence. Trudeau’s business life had been full of legal battles and court orders attempting to stop him from misleading people into buying some of his products. The product that finally got him in big trouble this time was his weight loss book titled “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You To Know About.” During his infomercials he claimed that we are all being mislead to diet and exercise to lose weight, and by reading his book we would learn his secret that would allow us to lose the weight without doing either of those things. Unfortunately for those that bought it, the contents of the book described that someone must perform mild exercise daily, as well as severely limit their caloric intake in order to lose the weight. After making over $30 million dollars from the sale of his book, he tricked many consumers into believing that he had discovered some knowledge that was worth paying money to find out the answer to.
Featured image from Wikipedia.
Infomercial Fraudster Kevin Trudeau Sentenced to 10 Years Prison.