Author of best-selling diet book jailed for violating court orders

Sept. 18, 2013 at 3:39 PM

CHICAGO, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Chicago jailed the author of a best-selling diet book Wednesday for continuing to spend freely while facing a $38 million fine.

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman found that Kevin Trudeau, who pushed his book, "The Weight-Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About," in TV infomercials, flagrantly violated court orders to work with a receiver trying to determine the extent of his wealth, the Chicago Sun Times reported. Trudeau had also been ordered to get his spending under control.

Trudeau, 50, served a prison sentence for fraud in the early 1990s. His diet book, published in 2007, follows two books on "natural" cures but he has no medical training.

Gettleman has ruled the book is fraudulent and imposed a fine to be paid to buyers.

At Wednesday's hearing, lawyers for the Federal Trade Commission produced evidence of Trudeau's spending habits. Those include $900 spent on one visit to a liquor store, purchases of high-end meat on line and $359 spent for two Vidal Sassoon haircuts.

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