TV infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau could face a long prison term following his conviction for criminal contempt of court for lying about the contents of his weight-loss book.
“Everyone has hopes and dreams, and con men prey on those hopes and dreams. The defendant is one of those con men,” prosecutor April Terry said in her closing argument in federal court Tuesday.
Trudeau, 50, was convicted in Chicago Tuesday and immediately sent to jail by U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman, who said he posed a flight risk.
He will be sentenced in February. The charge carries no maximum sentence and could range from probation to life in prison.
Trudeau is also being pursued by federal regulators for not paying any money on a $37 million fine imposed by regulators.
The 50-year-old Trudeau was a fixture on late-night Tv channels seven years ago, pitching everything from financial advice to weight-loss solutions.