Judge frees TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau from jail
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the release from jail of Kevin Trudeau after the TV pitchman spent nearly a week behind bars for failing to pay a $37 million civil judgment.
Judge Robert Gettleman ordered the 50-year-old’s release at a hearing Monday in Chicago.
Trudeau had been jailed for contempt since last Tuesday after Gettleman said he didn’t believe Trudeau was being honest about his global assets.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/17onMNp) that Gettleman told the courtroom Monday he’s still not convinced Trudeau is being forthcoming about his assets.
But Gettleman added Trudeau might be able to answer a receiver’s questions better while free.
The Federal Trade Commission successfully sued Trudeau for deceiving viewers about weight-loss claims. It says he’s hiding assets in shell companies.