Kevin Trudeau Convicted of Fraud: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Kevin Trudeau is one of the most controversial figures in the natural health arena, with devoted fans and many critics.

1. Kevin Trudeau was Sentenced to 10-Years in Prison for Fraud on Monday

Trudeau violated a 2004 court order that prohibited him from making Infomercials and false diet claims. He was convicted of appearing in misleading infomercials shilling his weight loss book The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About. The book recommended, among other things, an extreme 500-calorie a day diet with pregnancy hormone treatments.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman had this to say at the sentencing:

Since the age of 25, (Trudeau) has attempted to cheat others for his own personal gain.

2. He is an infomercial host, radio personality, and a New York Times Bestselling Author

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Trudeau is the author of many books including Free Money ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About, Natural Cures ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About, and Debt Cures ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About. He has sold millions of copies of his books.

3. Trudeau Already Has a Criminal Record

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In 1990 and 1991, Trudeau pleaded guilty to larceny and credit card fraud charges. You can find details of his credit card fraud case here.

4. Trudeau Claims He Was a Secret Operative for 20 Years

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Part of Trudeau’s platform is his claim that giant multinational pharmaceutical companies are hiding cures from the public to make money. When his legal troubles started, he claimed that the U.S. government was out to get him, and that he knew from personal experience how the government tries to defraud people and hide the truth.

5. He has Been Obsessed with Money Since Boyhood

Kevin Trudeau conviction

According to court documents found by the Smoking Gun, the lawyer in his 1991 court case recommended probation for Trudeau’s “mixed personality disorder.” In his lawyer’s words, Trudeau was “obsessed with money” and his need for success was “so intense it has on numerous occassions impaired his judgement.”