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TV Pitchman Trudeau Gets 10 Years

Notorious TV huckster Kevin Trudeau has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for criminal contempt for violating a 2004 federal court order prohibiting him from making misleading infomercials and misrepresenting his book, The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About. Since 2004, he aired the infomercial more than 32,000 times and sold 850,000 copies of the book, which the judge deemed amounted to $37 million in losses in a related civil case. Though Trudeau tried his old TV pitch in court, claiming he “truly had a significant reawakening,” Judge Ronald Guzman had no patience for Trudeau, saying he was “deceitful to the core” and that he had decades of fraud under his belt, including using his own mother’s Social Security number to con people.