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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kevie goes a-courtin': pleading the Fifth

Be sure to see updates below. There is also a link to the actual transcript of the hearing.
~ CC

Contrary to my predictions -- and I'm not afraid to admit when I am wrong -- notorious serial scammer Kevin Trudeau, a long-time favorite of this blog and the head of the notorious Ponzi-like
Global Information Network (GIN), did indeed fly in from Switzerland and is now in court before the Honorable Judge Gettleman. Also in court to gloat over the proceedings: Peter Wink, former b.f.f. of Kevin and ex-GIN marketing director (among other things); and Abe Husein, former GIN member and now protege and loyal fan of the notorious Mocktor Leonard Coldwell. Not there in person but in spirit is Mocktor Lenny, former b.f.f. of Trudeau and former highly-paid GIN speaker.

Peter has already given interviews with Chicago's NBC station; expect more interviews from Peter and Lenny and Abe, as well as semi-literate updates from Coldwell. Abe is apparently giving live updates from the hallway -- a fact that has been duly noted by the court -- and Lenny is repeating the news on his Facebook page. Here's a pic Peter shared yesterday:

Today's hearing may or may not be the climactic event following years of legal paper shuffling and endless continuances. Trudeau has alternately said he refuses to pay the $37.6 plus million FTC fine on principle, and that he lacks the money to pay the fine. For the past year or so he's mostly been using the latter excuse.

Emmy Award winning investigative reporter
Ryan Kath of Kansas City, Missouri's KSHB-TV (NBC affiliate), who led an investigation into GIN and KT and has already aired a couple of stories, did a brief followup last night. Click on the pic above to get to the video. And here's the link on the KSHB-TV web site.

I have and will continue to give all due credit to Abe Husein for getting this story rolling in the first place by approaching Ryan late last summer. (Peter Wink indicated to me that it was his idea, though.) While Abe may not have been the most sympathetic "victim," and in the eyes of many became less sympathetic as the months went by, he was one of the loudest and most persistent. He has declared again and again that his only goal is to take GIN and Kevin Trudeau down. And he's willing to do anything to achieve this goal, including an unholy alliance with Coldwell and Wink.

At any rate, Ryan took the ball and ran with it, and he and his investigative team went "undercover" to a GIN event in Nashville in the fall of 2012. His first story aired
in November 2012. Even Salty Droid, who is more cynical than the average bear about "local" news stories (and TV journalism in general) admitted it was pretty darn good.

Ryan has continued to follow the developments and
did a followup story in March 2013. As the May 21 court date approached he pitched the story to the NBC affiliate in Chicago, WMAQ, and helped them find a local former GIN member. He also took the initiative to call Abe and arrange for a last-minute interview before Abe flew off to Chicago for his front-row seat to "Kevin's Doomsday." So, good job, Ryan.

Now the big question is: What will happen? Will Kevin Trudeau be sentenced to prison? Will he pay his fine after all? Will there be some settlement for a smaller amount? Will Abe get his chance to confront Kevin "man to man," as he vowed in yesterday's video? Will Coldwell and Peter bluster their way in front of the cameras and try to paint themselves as heroes? (If the latter happens, I see that backfiring in a HUGE way. Good reporters have good instincts. Just sayin'.)

According to eyewitness accounts, Kevin has repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment rights throughout this hearing. Ryan Kath's colleague in Chicago is keeping him updated.

And of course Abe and Lenny are doing their own updates. I cannot give a blow-by-blow update myself because (1) I am not in the courtroom; and (2) Ron and I got a flood of small writing projects in yesterday that need to be completed ASAP. I have to focus on the work that pays the bills, and this ain't it. But I'll be back to update this story as needed, and to provide links to new news stories, but I trust that Kevin Trudeau's fate is in the hands of the judicial system -- the very system that Loony Coldwell so loves to hate, unless it can be used to help him get revenge (even if vicariously) for being out-scammed by someone who is much smarter, much more successful, and much more charismatic than he.

No matter what happens, today's hearing will be on Kevin Trudeau's "permanent record," thus planting more huge red flags for any potential scam victims who care to do a little research. But it will also add to his martyr points, and there will be those who continue to love and defend him, against all reason. And if his lawyers play their cards right, they may still succeed in making Kevin look like the poor put-upon victim who has been bullied by the big bad government.

For now, Kevin apparently continues to plead the Fifth (or "pleat" the Fifth, as Little Loony Coldwell put it in a recent Facebook post), and I imagine that Loony is looking forward to guzzling a fifth of his favorite elixir in celebration of.... well, whatever... as soon as he can.

But I'm still thinking that this hearing is not going to end with Kevin being led away in handcuffs.

PS ~ The above-mentioned Chicago NBC station was going to run a story about Trudeau last night, but pulled the story due to a more pressing one: the horrific tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma. The Trudeau story is expected to run some time this week. Meanwhile, if you want to help the tornado victims -- many of whom have lost everything -- here is how.

Update: I know this will come as a huge shock -- HUGE! -- but Kevin Trudeau did not go to jail today. GIN did not end today. However, the FTC apparently laid their case out very well, and since they've had more than ten years to work on it I am not surprised. Trudeau apparently has to be back in court on May 30 for another hearing, and then the judge will probably make some sort of ruling in mid-June. This may very well affect the timing of the criminal contempt trial -- a real, honest to goodness jury trial, I believe -- which had been scheduled for June 3 (more info and speculation about that here, though of course some of that post is now outdated).

Another update, 22 May: In my brief update yesterday, I originally posted a direct link to a video Abe Husein made while he was driving back to the airport to fly back to Kansas City. Since he was a witness to most of the proceedings in the court room, I felt that his video contained some actual information in between all of the boasting, self-back-patting and bragging about how Abe, "a 27-year-old kid," had created a ruckus in the court room. (I am pretty sure that Abe originally got that "27-year-old kid" theme from Peter Wink, who had his own reasons for "edifying" Abe.) But the more I thought about it the more I decided that I would rather wait until I can find other sources for information about the proceedings. So I have removed the direct link to that video. I'm not trying to "censor" Abe, merely to protect my own credibility, such as it is. You can, however, still find the video by following the "Abe Husein" link in the first paragraph of this post.

(Meanwhile, here's my pal Omri at the Glancingweb blog, weighing in on yesterday's hearing. I tend to agree with Omri: I don't think KT will be in an orange jumpsuit any time soon, if ever.)

One thing I couldn't help noticing was that Abe spent a great deal of time -- both in the video and on Facebook -- taunting the attorney who was in court with Kevin, Kimball Anderson. Although whenever he mentioned Mr. Anderson's "worthlessness" in the video he added, "in my opinion" (he must have learned that from Loony Coldwell, who thinks adding "in my opinion" allows all sorts of actionable speech), Abe still may be leaving himself open for actions from Mr. Anderson. Worse, his actions in the court yesterday may have helped Trudeau's case more than hurt it. I hope not. It remains to be seen.

I was, however, amused by the fact that Abe wrote this post on Facebook, slamming the 60-year-old Mr. Anderson for his physical appearance (this article was published last year, when Mr. Anderson was 59). It seems kind of hypocritical when Abe's own mentor and sugar daddy, Mocktor Loony, doesn't exactly look as if he takes care of his "#1 asset," his body. Maybe Mocktor L needs to hit the gym and do some of that Bepure colon blow himself. Ya think?

Here is Ryan Kath's summary of the May 21 court proceedings.


And.... the transcript!
Here is a link to a transcript of the May 21, 2013 hearing. It was filed on July 22, 2013 as part of a larger attachment and a much larger group of exhibits, which supported a document filed by the FTC as part of their campaign to get the court to forbid Kevin from traveling.

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Blogger angela carder said...

Great Blog Connie!! Very much enjoyed. Kudos to you!! :-)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 2:59:00 PM  

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