Kevin Trudeau Found Guilty

    Kevin Trudeau walks through the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday, February 11, 2010. A federal judge today ordered the infomercial pitchman to appear before him at 1 p.m. to explain why he asked thousands of his customers to send e-mails to the court in support of Trudeau. (José M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

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    The jury just wasn’t buying what he was selling. TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau was convicted of criminal contempt on Tuesday after airing misleading infomercials from a diet book. Trudeau, 50, defied a decade-old order from the FTC to stop making misleading ads promoting his diet books. In 2006 and 2007 he ran infomercials claiming to have discovered a secret weight-loss plan that would permanently keep off weight. According to prosecutors, Trudeau claimed to be selling a cure, when in fact he “lied about what was in the book to make more money.” The jury deliberated for only an hour before handing down the sentence. Meanwhile, another federal judge failed Trudeau to get to him to cough up alleged millions hidden overseas to pay a $37.6 million FTC fine.

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