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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kevin Trudeau: caged for now?

It's cage-a vu all over again for Kevin Trudeau,
but it seems he hasn't run out of options -- yet.

[NOTE: See update at the end of this article. Spoiler alert (in the unlikely event that you hadn't heard): Katie is out of the clink for now. ~CC]

According to NBC5 Chicago, reporting earlier today, Judge Robert Gettleman has ordered serial scammer Kevin Trudeau to go to jail -- at least long enough to meet with the receiver and finally reveal everything about his finances. There was a bit of a flap the other day about that whole financial-revelation issue, as the receiver revealed that Katie was still trying to live large, and was playing around with a bank account in Australia.

The NBC story reports that Judge Gettleman let Katie know that this is real life, not an infomercial, and Katie can't talk his way out of this one. Judge Gettleman says he now regrets not sending Katie to the clink earlier.

A follow-up hearing is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, September 19.

Here is Judge Gettleman's order to incarcerate Trudeau until someone can shake money and/or info out of him.

As many may recall,
this same judge ordered Katie to jail back in 2010, during that contempt issue stemming from a deluge of letters Katie's supporters sent to the judge. Kevin was able to talk his way out of that one, or at least his lawyers were. But the stakes are higher and the issues a bit more serious this time. And the judge has clearly run out of patience. After all, he has been dealing with Kevin's shenanigans for many years now. (Here's more about Judge Gettleman and his general background.)

Even so, don't count Katie out yet. He may not actually be in a jail cell right now at this very moment. According to today's court order, he will be a guest at Chicago's
Metropolitan Correctional Center (aka the MCC), at least until his hearing at 11:00 AM on the 19th. The MCC has been home to several "notable inmates," according to Wiki.

Here's the link to the main Wiki article.

Judging by what the court order said, he will be in custody at least overnight.

"3. The court directs the United States’ Marshal Service to take defendant Kevin Trudeau into custody and to hold him until further order of the court, which will be entered tomorrow, September 19, 2013, at a hearing scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. The Marshal and the Metropolitan Correctional Center are directed to ensure that Mr. Trudeau is available to be interviewed by a representative of the Receiver and its attorney, along with access to defendant’s counsel, to allow defendant to demonstrate that he has or can purge himself of his contempt."
Now, I suppose that "custody" could mean anything. Maybe the Marshal is a member of Kevin's fabled Brotherhood and will usher him down to a seekrit subterranean luxury bunker where he can continue to enjoy fine cigars and booze and an organic banquet and manicures and pedicures out of sight of the general public. Or maybe the Marshal and Kevin will go out on the town together, with Kevin handcuffed to him. That would still be custody, technically speaking. *

At any rate, I just checked the "Inmate search" on the MCC web site and as of the time I am writing this (7:20 PM CDT, Wednesday, September 18), Trudeau hasn't been processed through the system. There was nothing for "Kevin Mark Trudeau," so I tried "Kevin Trudeau," and the only record was the one from Katie's past incarceration in the 1990s. Here's a close-up:


I'll check back again a little later. Or if I'm busy, one of you can check. Here's a handy link.

The Schadenfreude is so thick you can cut it with a knife on some of the Facebook forums, and the jokes about Kevin and his burly cellmate Bubba are flying back and forth among the ignoranti. But even if Kevin does end up in a cell, the big priority will presumably be for him to meet with the representative from the receiver, Kenton Johnson, to discuss his finances -- not to be thrown into the general population and degraded, as some of his detractors seem to want so badly to happen.

Understand that I'm not defending anything Kevin Trudeau has done; I've been writing for years about what a con artist and liar and sociopath he is. But those of you who are salivating over the prospect of Kevin and "Bubba" need to consider that
some of those who have been crowing the most loudly about this are much more deserving of "Bubba's" attention than Kevin is.

Stay tuned..

* As people who have read or listened to Kevin may know, he has bragged that when he spent time in the Federal lockup in the early 1990s, it was indeed Club Fed and really quite cushy, because (or so he claimed) he had connections with his secret "Brotherhood" members who saw to it that he was treated like a king. A big part of his marketing shtick for the GIN scam was that he still had these kinds of connections and seekrit knowledge, and anyone who was willing to invest money in GIN could eventually acquire that knowledge and even those connections too. And many people apparently believed it. His brother Bob has told quite a different story of Kevin's prison experience, and particularly of how awful the experience was on Kevin's parents.

More media coverage:

UPDATE 19 September 2013:
I didn't feel like writing a whole new blog post about this so I'll just update this one. Judge Gettleman agreed to release Katie again, with a warning.
A judge agreed to free TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau from custody today, but warned that he would throw him back into jail if he does not cooperate with federal regulators looking into his financial affairs.

"I'm going to release you today," U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman told Trudeau, dressed in an orange jumpsuit after spending a night at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. "If I'm not satisfied that you've been forthright with them, you might be wearing the same color you're wearing right now."

The judge set another hearing for Sept. 26.

And here is the link to a longer version of Judge Gettleman's order, listing the conditions upon which Katie has been sprung for now. One point to note is that so far the FTC has not had its wish granted regarding its demand to have Katie's monthly allowance taken away unless he gets a real job and contributes to the receivership estate. That matter and others are continued to September 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM.

Mark your calendars, my pretties.

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Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

My friend Tim is in top form today on the Facebook forums. Regarding Kevin's newly discovered hidden assets (e.g., the Aussie bank account)....

"I would feel really silly if I forgot about 150 grand I stashed somewhere, even sillier if I got caught transferring money OUT of that account only weeks later (using a password and account # that I swore I didn't have) So much for his Mega Memory program, I think this is enough evidence to fine him again for claims that he can improve your memory.

"I remember the time I was overdue on a few library books and told the librarian that I didn't have the 80 cents to pay the fine .... I felt like such a silly goose when I got home and tripped over the $200,000 I stashed behind my bed. Well, 80 cents scammed is 80 cents earned, I always say."

And regarding the various agreements and deals Kevin has made over the years, Tim notes:

"...All agreements with kt are worthless, mostly because he lacks the integrity required to make an honest deal. Every deal he has made he made with the knowledge that he was going to try and violate with either a loophole, lying or plain old criminal behavior."

Yeah, that sounds about right.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:59:00 PM  
Blogger Jacob Felson said...


I've been enjoying your commentary about this man, whose unabashed duplicity fascinates me for some reason.

I wish the transcript of the court proceeding was available. The news only reports snippets of course, yet I am most interested in the details, such as how exactly Trudeau tried to convince the judge that he had only violated the order unwittingly.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11:47:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Jacob, so far I haven't seen a transcript of the September 18 proceedings available on PACER, but it may be available at some point via that outlet. Not all transcripts are made available through PACER, though. I think you are generally able to purchase transcripts directly from the court, though I don't know when this one will be available.

I'm sure Katie's lawyers will have some more begging and pleading to do today, and those docs will be filed, along with the judge's order, so as soon as they are available I'll get them and share them.

At any rate I think the news stories probably summarized the essence of the argument: Kevin claimed that in those early days of the asset freeze, he had no allowance money yet and he just HAD to buy those things so essential to his existence, and the only way to do it was to use that hidden account in Oz that he had kind of mentioned previously to the investigators, but about which he hadn't really given the details. Obviously the judge didn't buy his lame excuses.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:26:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Ah, yes, Anon, I've seen that "Dr C stands with KT" vid before. That was back in the day when they were still brothers-in-harms, before Katie kicked Lenny off the GINtanic. But that video -- and every public statement Coldwell made to promote GIN and Kevin -- will live on in infamy! :-)

Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Jonathan Timar said...

Wonderful. I am sure his intellectually challenged supporters will be rallying any moment now, declaring this to be an injustice perpetrated by The Brotherhood in retaliation for revealing their "secrets".

How these people can be that fucking stupid is beyond me. Just astounding.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 4:32:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Hi, Jonathan, good to see you here. I used to think that everybody who believed Katie's Brotherhood tall tale was either stupid, uneducated, hopelessly naive, or in some way impaired. But I have since learned that some genuinely smart people were apparently fooled -- for a while. The smartest of them have moved on for the most part, but even those who still defend him are not necessarily stupid -- just stubborn. And here's a secret: some who still defend him don't really believe the Brotherhood story either but are curiously unwilling to discuss that particular aspect of his body of
lies. Also, some are focused on the supposed First Amendment/freedom of expression issues around his court cases, and not on his specific lies.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:46:00 PM  

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