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TV Pitchman Trudeau to Remain Jailed

Kevin Trudeau hasn't made good on $37 million judgment Federal Trade Commission won against him



    TV Pitchman Trudeau to Remain Jailed

    Convinced he's still not being honest about his assets and offshore accounts, a federal judge on Thursday decided TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau would remain jailed through the weekend.

    Wearing a bright orange jumpsuit and matching orange slip-on shoes, Kevin Trudeau appeared before Judge Robert Gettleman Thursday morning to make an appeal for his release.

    "I do not know what I have to do to purge myself of contempt of court," he said.

    The convicted fraudster has spent 48 hours at Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center and said it's difficult to help the court-appointed receiver with no access to the Internet.

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    "I can not do the things asked while incarcerated," he said.

    Gettleman tossed Trudeau in jail for a second time on Tuesday. Trudeau has so far failed to make good on a $37 million civil judgment brought against him by the Federal Trade Commission.

    FTC lawyers and even the court-appointed receiver have argued that Trudeau hasn't been forthcoming about everything he owns. He contends he's broke.

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    Trudeau spent a night in jail last month after a similar round of arguments.

    He assured Gettleman that if he is released from incarceration, "This is very close to satisfying everything the receiver wants.  Close to bringing to a conclusion."

    But Gettleman was quick to respond: "You have to convince me that you have disposed every asset. ... I am not convinced that has happened yet.  I'm not convinced we're there yet." 

    He went on to say that he believes that if Trudeau gets his passport back, he will tap into offshore assets and accounts.  

    Gettleman set the next court date -- and Trudeau's next chance for freedom -- for Monday, Oct. 28 before offering a final word of advice.

    "Mr. Trudeau, think about why you are where you are," the judge said. "This is your chance [to disclose assets]."

    For decades the celebrated pitchman has offered fans everything from memory courses to get-rich-quick schemes to calcium tablets. His products offered for cures for maladies that ranged from cancer to multiple sclerosis.

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