For those of you that have been around for years Kevin Trudeau was in a large part responsible for the downfall of a good MLM Company years ago Nutrition For Life.

One of Kevins first major hits was selling a memory course via TV ads.   TV Infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau  made a fortune marketing himself as a truth teller who reveals secrets that the rich and powerful want to keep from the public. His big-big hit was Trudeau's hit book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About," started a conflict in 2004 when the FTC imposed a consent decree banning Trudeau from misrepresenting its contents. The FTC said he violated their order a few years later with infomercials claiming the book was filled with "easy" techniques when it actually called for complex prescription injections of a hormone, a month of colon hydrotherapy Yuk! and a 500-calorie-per-day diet.

During the six years since the fine was levied by U.S. District Judge Robert Gentleman, regulators said Trudeau failed to pay a penny, claiming he was broke even though he continued to live a rich life style . The FTC also caught Trudeau embarking on a massive effort to hide his assets from the government by moving them offshore in a big network of companies that were owned by his wife and associates.  Ed. Note: Proves the saying when the U.S. Government is after you - you can run but not hide your money.  Hide or Jail!

On Tuesday 11/12/2013, A federal jury wasn't buying what Trudeau was selling. The panel of six men and six women deliberated just 45 minutes before finding the controversial author guilty of criminal contempt of court for lying about the contents of his weight loss book in infomercials that aired seven years ago.

For Trudeau (50 now) it was a quick end to an unusual weeklong trial at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse  he showed little reaction. Moments later, Trudeau was unceremoniously taken into custody on orders from U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman, who expressed concern that the man so familiar to late-night TV viewers posed a risk to flee. Prosecutors believe he has millions hidden in overseas accounts well over enough to pay the $37 million.
One supporter (out of 24) said after the trial said Trudeau" has changed a lot of people's lives," said this cultist who identified himself as a member of the Global Information Network, an international "club" in which members pay dues to hear motivational speakers — including Trudeau — share their secrets of wealth. "People don't get on a plane and travel from France or Japan because he's selling some fluff." Ed. Note we warned about GIN (below) one of the things they teach is hiding money off shore.  Guess the Guru himself flunked that!

11/13/2012 Reporter sends: I Have been following your publication for a long time. thank you for keeping us all informed. I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to please make a note of the above investigation regarding the Global Information Network aka GIN. I am an ex member, and would like for all to know the truth about GIN.   Ed. Note: Good ole Kevin Trudeau always creating excitement.  READ THE COMMENTS UNDER THE TV STORY - IT SEEMS THERE IS A WAR GOING ON INSIDE GIN!

27 April 2011 -- Since it is an illegal business opportunity the only way to rip people 0ff for $1000 or more was to run it offshore.  Global Information Network (GIN for short) is built around secret societies that have superior knowledge that can make people rich.   So now Kevin Trudeau has joined together the Illuminati, the Brotherhood of man to give you knowledge to be rich. Editors Note: So while this convicted FELON is ripping off the stupid feeding information in your local library…..   The big thing is he is thumbing his nose at the FTC who has never forgiven him for his many scams and would not if the company was in the U.S.

DEAD! DON LAPRE PROMOTER OF  "The Greatest Vitamin in the World"
4/10/2011.  Lapre ripped off over 200,000 people with this business opportunity scam before the FDA and FTC took him down.  He hurt the MLM Industry by taking prospects.  Read below!

24 Aug 2010--  Seven months ago a federal judge ordered infomercial master Kevin Trudeau to pay a $37.6 million fine for illegal TV commercials. Kevin has yet to pay a cent to the Federal Trade Commission, per a report filed in U.S. District Court by Court Administrators.  Kevin has been like the FTC’s Public Enemy Number One for more 10 years.  He has been convicted of  making false and misleading claims, on and off TV when peddling products and services to unsuspecting/gullible consumers. These products include purported weight loss,  get-rich-quick programs, and alternative medicine books disclosing cures that mainstream medicine rejects.  Wow, with the Federal Deficit what it is,  Kevin, can’t you help out the Feds?  For more info see:


POOR KEVIN! Hey this is nothing like when your editor’s WatchDog was on 20/20 about Bill Gouldd and Equinox, now that was an evil empire!  But, here they are picking on poor Kevin :>)


8 Oct 2008  Editors Note: The WatchDog has gotten feedback that the book is great because it worked.  One from an M.D. I respect that it worked great for him!

A federal court banned Kevin Trudeau from any infomercials where he has an interest for three years and ordered him to pay more than $5 million in profits from his ht book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About." The judge confirm confirmed an a contempt finding against Trudeau – the 2nd  time he has been found in contempt of federal court in the past four years.

Judge Robert W. Gettleman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois stood by his 2007 conclusion that Trudeau "clearly, and  intentionally," violated a  2004 stipulated court order that prohibited Trudeau from misrepresenting the content of books in his infomercials. The judge stated that "the Infomercial[s] intentionally led thousands of consumers to believe that the Weight Loss Book would describe an 'easy,' 'simple' protocol that, once 'finished' would allow the consumer to 'eat anything' he or she wants."

FTC: Marketer Kevin Trudeau Violates Court Order
Charges Him with Misrepresenting Contents of Book

The Federal Trade Commission charged Kevin Trudeau with violating a previous court order misrepresenting the contents of his new book:  The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About,”

During the Infomercials produced by Donald Barett's ITV, Trudeau claims the  plan outlined in the book is easy to do, can be done at home, and ultimately allows readers to eat whatever they want. When consumers get the book, they find it describes a difficult fat reduction plan.

During the ITV produced Infomercial TV ads, Trudeau describes the weight-loss plan that the book is about: “’s easy you can do it at home...”

According to the FTC, when read the book, they find it actually describes a complicated, expensive system involving daily injections, specialized cleanses and supplements, severe food restrictions,  “fourth phase” of the protocol, which requires dietary restrictions that never end. The FTC says that Trudeau deceptively claimed his book established a weight-loss protocol that is “easy” to follow.

In court documents, the FTC pointed out that one required phase of the protocol requires that consumers get daily injections of a prescription drug that is not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for weight loss and to use it a person would have to go overseas.  In addition you would have to go on a 500 calorie a day diet for up to 45 days (who wouldn’t lose weight?)  The follow up portion of the diet would be a low carbo diet with restrictions.

The FTC brought this new action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Editors Comment: It seems like Kevin Trudeau, a famous Infomercial star,  is always in hot water with someone.  Many of the folks that were with Nutrition For Life blame him for demise of that great company! Why? Due to his stock manipulation and selling shaky high priced leads to new MLM Distributors he recruited for Nutrition For Life.  In 2004 the FTC brought him to ground for making illegal claims for MLM coral calcium (plus others).  Kevin was associated with ITV on their pre-launch of their new MLM but ITV tossed him out because of the flack from his history.... Now a new saga!

Extract FTC Release: September 14, 2007
Full LDetails from the FTC Press Release

FTC History with Kevin Trudeau
1998 – False = claims for hair growth
2003 – Coral Calcium =  false claims
2003 - Biotape for pain relief  =  false claims
2004 – Settlement of $2 million with FTC and court order = “No Infomercials” except books.


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