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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mocktor Loony Coldwell's private resort: The Road to Hellville?



Dear Ones, I have wonderful news from the Palmetto State (that would be South Carolina): Mocktor Leonard "Loony" Coldwell, the former Bernd Klein, aka Bernd Witchner, may now have a new venue from which to peddle his pricey IBMS schemes, train his militia, and practice his hands-on healing. Yep, according to Loony, he has just procured 130-plus acres in South Carolina, near the Georgia border and one hour away from the Atlanta airport (see screen shot above and the two below). The property is slated to become the long-awaited IBMS Health Resort.

But it's not just going to be a health resort. It's also going to be a town unto itself, if Loony has his way, and apparently Loony intends that it will actually be a sovereign nation unto itself. Writes he:

We are working on Town-rights and will have our own elected Sheriff etc. The first step towards liberty and freedom. And NO restrictions on what kind of treatment we apply here!
 

 Loony's young protege Abe Husein is excited about it too.


But before anyone else gets too excited one way or the other, perhaps a little perspective is in order. Leonard Coldwell has always been a little man with big dreams. Even a superficial online search of trademark info reveals that he has a string of failed/abandoned business ventures, both in Germany and the U.S. (And yes, I know I have mentioned this before more than once, but it seems fitting to mention it again.) Follow the link in the sentence above and you'll see several enterprises that ended up going nowhere. On most of these listings there are also links to the actual information on the United States Patent and Trademark Office web site.

In any event, this latest development should come as no big surprise; after all, Coldwell claims to have had a chain of "clinics" in Germany years ago, and for years he has also talked of opening up a complementary-med health resort.
Here's one of many sites in which the resort dream is mentioned.

In 2000, Dr. Coldwell made the decision to invest his time, knowledge and experience in teaching and consulting to help make a better world for children and parents. Through his children's foundation, he is helping teachers, parents and children deal with stress and drugs in the local schools. Further, he is well into the planning stages for the world's largest most comprehensive health resort. His plan is to house every mainstream, alternative, holistic and integrated therapy system in one location so that patients will have access to state of the art healing arts and practices in a wellness setting unique to the world.
That "children's foundation" referred to is Coldwell's Foundation for Crime and Drug Free Schools and Health for Children. It seems to be yet another defunct organization, and virtually the only mention of it that can be found online is in Loony's standard biography where he boasts about all of his miracle curing and his humanitarian accomplishments.

But still. Could it be that despite the naysayers, Loony C is finally on his way to realizing his fine dream of opening up the most comprehensive health resort ever? Meh... anyone can post pics of real estate and talk about their big dreams, But even if he did actually buy this property here are a few things to keep in mind, for those who may want to research this matter further:

1. It will almost certainly not be in his name. People who know him very well have told me that he never wants his name on any property transactions. That is most likely a privacy and tax-avoidance strategy. No doubt that is why he has that phony church (
The Church of Inner Healing, registered in Nevada), that phony university (Wellness University LLC, registered in his wife's name), and who knows what else. He has also reportedly funneled a great deal of money through German friends who have set up bank accounts here and in Germany. (Meanwhile he crows about Kevin's "money laundry.") He may have even set up a whole separate company for this property transaction, if indeed there has been a transaction.
2. Even if he sets up "Town-rights" and appoints a sheriff and declares the property "sovereign," it is still in the US and subject to US law. And if he gets reported for performing illegal "treatments" or hosting events where such "treatments" are performed -- or does anything else illegal or questionable -- he could end up with a swarm of Feds storming the compound. Worst case: It could actually result in a shoot-out, making Lenny the ultimate hero/martyr in the eyes of people who are still idiotic enough to worship him. The sad thing would be that innocents could be hurt or killed too.
3. Regarding the IBMS training (not to be confused with
Lenny and Peter Wink's IBMS Master's Society scam): I've heard from a few people who have gone through that training that it's overpriced and repetitious, and people are disappointed to learn that despite the big promises, they really can't make a living being an IBMS coach or practitioner. Apparently there is a very small number of licensed professionals -- maybe a chiro or two -- who integrate IBMS with their regular practice, but the only one who is really making money off this scam is Loony C himself. Perhaps he is pushing it again now because he needs money for a down payment on his South Carolina utopia.

But... ugh. Think about it. Out there, no one can hear you scream...
 

A friend of mine said that the prospect of an IBMS resort kind of reminded him of the late cereal magnate John W. Kellogg and his Battle Creek Sanitarium at the dawn of the 20th century (the novel and film The Road To Wellville were based on this). Another pal noted, "It just looks and sounds like the opening scene in a horror movie. "Where have the missing girls at Coldwell Health Resort gone... eeep eeep eeep..."
 

But I suspect we should hold off on our "eeeps" for now. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the Loony C Health Resort to open any time soon.

Update, 29 April 2013:
Despite us naysayers and "hatters" (as Lenny's boy Abe likes to call us), the dream will not die! If you are looking for a job that will exploit your skills and labor in the service of building Lenny's dream for Lenny and maybe a few of his friends, look no further.


So apparently the "healers" all have be alternative/holistic practitioners. So much for Lenny's original vision to include open-minded real doctors too -- but then again, he has never had a good working relationship with anyone in the real-doctoring biz. Right now his Screwtopia is shaping up to be just another New-Wage community/"healing center" -- only with militia potential, given Coldwell's obsession with guns and overthrowing the tyrannical gummit. But there will probably be plenty of love and light to go with all of those guns. After all, we have a New-Wage dilettante and fierce Lenny defender who knows how to do "aura combing" (I wonder if she does braiding too), so it prolly won't be all firearm fanaticism.

In any case, as a friend of mine pointed out, Lenny's idea isn't all that new or original. My friend wrote, "Really funny how he says it's the world's only one stop holistic resort. He hasn't even broken ground on it, and it's not an original idea. The Raj, The Chopra Center, and Alive Resort in B.C. come to mind." Amen. So-called 'holistic' resorts have been around for years.

As for those "new apartments and bungalows" for staff, my first thought upon reading that was, "Wow. Just like in Scientology compounds (and every other cult for that matter). The fearless leader and a few favorites live large. Everyone else, not so much.

One thing that popped into my mind was Scientology's Sea Org and the other elite divisions of the Church of Scientology. I have read enough of the book,
Beyond Belief, by Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of the current Scientology head, that Coldwell's call for warm bodies to build his community made me raise my eyebrows. Scientology works its Sea Org people and other "special" members -- even the very young kids -- like slaves, and most live in pretty scruffy quarters. Only a few top dogs get the cushy quarters and all of the amenities.

Of course Lenny isn't nearly as smart as Elron Hubbard or even the current Scientology leaders -- or most other cult leaders, for that matter. But he still seems to have ambitions in those directions. And what's sad is that a few idiots and misguided souls may actually join him. It's truly a creepy prospect. All I can say, with all due apologies to Willie Nelson, is: "Parents, don't let your babies grow up to be Lennites..."

Related: The Coldwell Revolution: Lunacy, Lechery, Sovereignty

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bankruptcy: GIN members await Level 7 while Kevin Trudeau files Chapter 7

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[BE SURE TO SEE THE UPDATE AT THE END OF THIS POST. ~CC, 2 July, 2013]

Yet another success tip from serial scammer Kevin Mark Trudeau, chief perpetrator of the scammy, Ponzi-like Global Information Network (GIN): When continuances and other courtroom shenanigans fail, file bankruptcy! I will have much more to say about this latest news in a little while, as soon as I finish up some work stuff. Suffice to say that this is probably just another yawner and is not the beginning of the end for Trudeau or for GIN, but rather the beginning of the end of his being harassed by the FTC for the case that has been going on for more than ten years now. Anyway, consider this post a "stub" at the moment.

25 April 2013: The rest of the story (well, some of it, anyway)

Since I published this post late yesterday afternoon, my pal Omri Shabat in Israel published a post on the GlancingWeb blog,
"The Bankruptcy File Kevin Trudeau Doesn't Want You to Know About."

Outwitting
Mocktor Lenny "I-know-something-you-don't-know-neener-neener-neener" Coldwell at his own game, Omri was thoughtful enough to share a link to a copy of the entire document notifying the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Judge Robert Gettleman about the filing.

And just for good measure and the sake of redundancy, here are jpegs of that three-page document. (As usual, click on the pics to enlarge them.)





Now, keep in mind that this is not the actual bankruptcy petition or any of the supporting documents. Kevin Trudeau's bankruptcy is a whole separate case in a whole separate court. As shown in the screen shot at the very top of this post, it is case number 13-764,
assigned to Judge Eugene R. Wedoff of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois. Here is a link to Judge Wedoff's court calendar, subject to change at any time, of course. I imagine that eventually the schedule for Kevin Mark Trudeau's bankruptcy case will show up, so keep checking back. Or if you happen to be in the Chicagoland area, you can go in person to the Clerk's Office, Eastern Division, 219 South Dearborn, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL, USA 60604. You don't have to wait for Lenny Coldwell to spoon-feed you the info, is what I'm saying. [Update added on April 26: Please see my PS below for clarification of Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings. ~CC]

Anyway, as you can see, the document in the three jpegs above is pursuant to the civil case before the Honorable Robert Gettleman: civil action number 03-CV-03904, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.

And as you may know,
there is a separate but related criminal contempt case, case number 10-CR-000886, assigned to Judge Ronald A. Guzman. The link in the previous sentence to the criminal case is a June 6, 2011 document, but the case is ongoing and supposedly Trudeau is due in person, in the Honorable Guzman's court, in June of this year, for a hearing. If he doesn't show up there might be consequences. Or maybe not.

Whew. It's difficult to keep up with all of these cases, isn't it?

Naturally, there's been quite a bit of buzz already about Kevin Trudeau's bankruptcy, with people speculating about what it really means. Will it be the end of GIN? (I think probably not.) More importantly, will it be the end of KT's nearly lifelong career as a scammer? (Again: I think probably not.) Will it mean that KT won't have to pay that $37 million dollar-plus fine that the FTC says he owes? (I think...um... maybe, and that's probably the main point.) Will it protect Trudeau from having to pay any of his creditors or other people who say he owes them money, including disgruntled ex-GIN speakers and members? (I say probably so. Those people are screwed.) Will it affect the aforementioned criminal contempt case at all, or will it only affect the civil proceedings? (Damned if I know, but some think that the criminal contempt case may be his Achilles heel. However, I wouldn't put anything past his lawyers at this point, and I doubt if Trudeau will see a moment of jail time for the criminal contempt.)

Omri at GlancingWeb discusses some of the possibilities and legal ramifications of Kevin Trudeau's bankruptcy on the above-linked blog post, but thus far it is all speculation.

I do have the sense that the bankruptcy will be a big yawner for the most part. It won't make a dent in Scamworld and may not even make much of a dent in Trudeau's corner of Scamworld, particularly if he really has established a new home base in Switzerland, as widely reported. Meanwhile, many of Trudeau's staunchest defenders, if they even acknowledge the bankruptcy, will probably lament the fact that their beleaguered hero was driven to this indignity as his last legal recourse to protect his hard-swindled...er... hard-earned dollars from the big bad U.S. government.

Whatever happens, it seems obvious to anyone with clear sight that this bankruptcy action is just another in a long, long line of Trudeau's efforts to make as much money as possible, while avoiding accountability. Let's go back in time for a bit...

Smooth operator...
As I have noted repeatedly, probably to the point of irritation, anybody who bothers to research Kevin Trudeau's past will easily find scads of negative information. There's more negative info about him than positive info. The fact that many people did not bother to do research before joining GIN -- or did do some of the research and joined anyway -- is testament to Trudeau's mighty marketing power. The truth is that many good, smart people joined GIN and now regret it. And I am not trying to rub these good people's face in anything, so I hope those of you who are my friends will understand why I keep repeating myself.

I've written a lot about Trudeau over the past four-and-a-half years (see link list at the end of this post), and I have provided many links to negative info about him. But I've had a few links lying around waiting to be used on this Whirled (or used again), and now is as good a time as any to use or re-use them. If some of these look familiar to some of you, it's because I've previously shared and discussed them on Facebook, in various forums.

The International Pool Tour
One of the more recent Trudeau failures, which several folks have mentioned again in the wake of the latest bankruptcy news, is
the infamous International Pool Tour (IPT), created by Kevin Trudeau in 2005. (Alas, several documents in the corroborating links at the end of the linked Wiki article have now been 404'd.)

The IPT all started out so wonderfully,
with Billiards Digest writing a glowing profile of the rich, successful Trudeau in November 2005. The writer waxed almost worshipful of the king who lived such a gilded lifestyle in his opulent mansion in idyllic Ojai, California.

Technically, Rand McNally refers to the 8,000-population city Trudeau calls "home" as Ojai, Calif. But Trudeau knew he would live in Ojai long before he even knew it existed.

"Shangri-la was the mythical, remote idyllic hideaway in James Hilton's book, 'Lost Horizon,'" says Trudeau, sipping from a bottle of water as he motors north on I-405. "When they made the movie version (1937), it showed these shots of a valley with lush greenery and orange groves surrounded by mountains. Way back when I saw that movie I said I wanted to live there.

"Then, the first time I came to Ojai to visit a friend, I looked around and said, 'This is Shangri-la. I want to live here.' I didn't realize until later that Ojai actually was the Shangri-la depicted in the movie." Dreams always seem to find their way into reality for Trudeau.

There have been a lot of questions over the past couple of years about that KT castle in Shangri-La. According to
this Zimbio summary of KT's criminal history, Kevin agreed in September 2004 to transfer some Ojai residential property and a luxury vehicle to settle an FTC charge. I wonder: Did that agreement fall through, or was this a different property from the one portrayed in the November 2005 Billiards Digest piece (which appears to be on the market for $1.4 mil)? In any case, I do hope that the major news outlet that is working on an investigative story about Trudeau and GIN took a trip or is planning to take a trip to Ojai. Just to make sure they got all of their bases covered. Heck, they went to Switzerland, so Ojai should be a piece of cake.


The Billiards Digest article is worth reading, because it provides Kevin's spin on his early history and prison time (
page 3 and page 4). Not a word about any seekrit society/Brotherhood, though. I don't think he really started flogging that tall tale until his second Natural Cures book in 2006.

Not surprisingly, there were a few naysayers re the IPT from the beginning. Not everyone was deliriously enthusiastic about a pool tour with convicted felon Kevin Trudeau at the helm. But that was NBD to KT. The Billiards Digest piece quotes Kevin as saying, "My point is, I get scrutinized because I'm in a controversial area." The writer of the piece continues:

So it comes as no surprise to Trudeau that his sudden and Trump-esque entree into the pool world has also been met with scrutiny, cynicism and trepidation.

"The opening quote in my book is by Albert Einstein," Trudeau points out. "He said, 'Great spirits always get violent opposition from mediocre minds.'"


"When you create something new, like the IPT, the first reaction isn't, 'Great!' It's, 'Witch! Charlatan!' That's what happens. And that's why those reactions don't affect me anymore."
And towards the end of the article, Kevin reassures any doubters...
"For starters, I'm 100 percent guaranteed to 2006 and 2007. I've committed $1 million or more to every event. Plus $1 million to the production of each event.

"Additionally, my intention is not to do this for a couple of years and then say, 'Nah, I don't want to do this anymore.' I truly want pool to get as big as the PGA [Professional Golf Association] Tour. My vision is to eventually have a U.S. tour, with four 'majors.' I could see an Asian tour and a European tour.

"At that point," he insists, "the IPT would become a self-sustaining entity."

Alas, by the end of 2006, the International Pool Tour was... you guessed it... "in serious financial trouble, and was forced to stop staging major tournaments," according to the Wiki article on the IPT, linked to above.
Here's what the main Wiki article on Trudeau had to say about it.

And here is more,
from a 2006 article in Details Magazine. True to form, Kevin apparently spun it as another case where he was the one who really got screwed.

If the dream is dead, it may only be for the players. Trudeau's aggressive good cheer returns when he talks about the IPT's future, which may involve a reorganization under bankruptcy protection and even a stock offering. "I'm really bullish about the business," he says, "and I feel really good about it."

Players like Morris, who've heard Trudeau's enthusiasm before, are left wondering. Could the IPT have been an honest business? Was it just a tax write-off for Trudeau or a promotional ploy? Or maybe a grander scheme that got tripped up before it could take flight?

The last scenario may be the most likely, as Trudeau now claims his business model from the start "was to have pool matches online where people could wager between one another. And also allow wagering on the events amongst players." Although Trudeau never revealed this plan ("It's not wise for a new business to show the world their playbook"), the IPT was to be an online-gambling site.

"People say, 'Oh, the players are getting screwed,'" Trudeau says. "No, Kevin Trudeau gets screwed! I'm the sucker." He claims to have invested $10 million and lost $2 million of his own money, but don't expect him to offer proof anytime soon: He mentions that his holding companies are in constant motion and that he's given much of his fortune to various foundations, but says, "What I do with my money I keep completely private." And he is even more adamant when it comes to keeping the IPT's finances and even the names of its board members secret. "It's a privately held corporation," Trudeau says. "You know the great thing about being privately owned? I don't have to tell you."
Yeah, he's big on those secrets. Kind of like with GIN...

MLM fever

Going back in time considerably further, there's the infamous Nutrition for Life multi-level marketing company.
Here's an article from the January 1, 1996 Wall Street Journal. Though the article says that there was no evidence that Trudeau had personally committed any wrongdoing in recruiting, it appears he was doing some dodgy things through his Trudeau Marketing Group (though he claimed that he personally wasn't to blame). Nutrition for Life International went into bankruptcy in 2003, but not, as the Skepdic site noted, "before making Trudeau and some other investors very rich."

I'd recommend reading that Skepdic article too, if you haven't already. It is not new; as of today (4/25/13) it was last updated on 9 December 2010. However, it does contain some history about Trudeau -- history that just won't go away.

And here's a 2004 opinion piece by Evelyn Pringle that contains some very interesting background on Kevin Trudeau's involvement with Amway, Amway leader Dexter Yager, and current GIN spokes-predator Blaine Athorn. Apparently Blaine knew about Trudeau's criminal activities way back when, and even fired him when he found out about the credit card fraud in the late 1980s... but lo these many years later, Blaine remains one of the most aggressive recruiters for GIN.

Looking bloated and complacent, long-time Trudeau bud Blaine Athorn
calls the GIN faithful to recruit more suckers to give money to his b.f.f. 

Amway, of course, continues to thrive despite Trudeau's involvement, and over the decades has developed into quite the cash cow for a few, and, like most MLMs, quite the monetary black hole for the many. But other companies in which Trudeau was involved have not been so fortunate.

Trudeau's own advice on bankruptcy
As many of you may know, Kevin Trudeau has actually given advice about bankruptcy. In fact he had a whole chapter devoted to it in his book,
Debt Cures They Don't Want You To Know About.

Here is
southern Oregon bankruptcy lawyer Karen Oakes' review of that chapter:
She concludes:
The opinions expressed in this chapter are merely Mr. Trudeau’s opinions. He states that bankruptcy will be a black mark on your credit score and that vultures will “swoop down” to prey on the debtor. My experience has been that my clients’ credit scores will go up upon filing bankruptcy, especially when there are a number of accounts that have gone to debt collectors or are paid late. Every situation is unique; every financial matter is different and the outcome is as unique as the financial situation bringing debtors to my office.   This chapter, while one of the shorter chapters in the book, just adds to the stigma surrounding the filing of bankruptcy.

This chapter fails.
Granted, Ms. Oakes is a bankruptcy lawyer so she has a stake in convincing people that bankruptcy isn't a horrible tragedy. Still, I find it interesting. And despite what he apparently wrote in Chapter 15 of the book, "No Bankruptcy," Trudeau also seemed to promote bankruptcy as a perfectly honorable solution when all else fails, as indicated in this screen shot of the 2008 hardcover edition of the book:


RevRon's take on it...
Before I close this out I want to share a comment that my guy Ron Kaye made on Facebook the other day regarding the Kevin Trudeau bankruptcy, and the anticipated buzz about same. This is a slightly edited/corrected version of the one that originally appeared. Writes Ron, who as usual minces no words (warning: may be offensive to sensitive readers).

After having followed the conversations and looked at all the "evidence" presented for many months, I've come to the conclusion that Trudeau is by all counts a huckster and serial scammer, who has managed to talk a lot of people out of a lot of money for products and promises of dubious value. Some felt cheated, and some felt that they benefited from their investments. Bottom line is that he broke several laws in the process, but has managed to stay a step ahead of those who are pursuing him.

Some of those who felt cheated - particularly those who envy the kind of success Trudeau has achieved - are so angry at Trudeau that they have made it their life's work to get revenge. The less intelligent among them underestimate Trudeau's survival talents, and repeatedly issue giddy proclamations that the end is near for him and his empire. He might suffer some loss, and might even face criminal charges, but I wouldn't write him off too quickly.

So Trudeau is a huckster. Compare what he has done to what his most vocal detractors are doing. Leonard Coldwell, for example, seems to not only want Trudeau to fail, his inane and vitriolic ramblings seem to indicate that he wants the entire country to undergo a destructive upheaval. He isn't satisfied with his own GIN clone scam making him a bunch of money; he attacks anyone who doesn't march in lockstep with his proclamations (historical reference intended), and even encourages others to commit criminal acts against them. In short, he foments nothing as diligently as the hate and upheaval with which he is so obsessed. Anyone with a brain can see that he is using an ignorant and easily-manipulated Abe Husein as a focal point in his diatribes, playing upon Abe's  fixation upon revenge and his desire to appear significant beyond his position as a fast-food worker.

My opinion of the third party to this tainted triumvirate, Peter Wink, is that he can be accurately compared to an ineffective sperm, swimming from diseased egg to diseased egg, hoping to find one that he can fertilize. One need only look at his employment history of jumping from huckster to huckster - with what has become a boilerplate derision of people upon whom he had previously heaped unabashed praise - to see the validity of the comparison. He attempts to appear magnanimous and "above the fray," while encouraging the vitriol and perpetuating the scams to the best of his abilities.

And these folks are supposed to be the "cure" for Trudeau's misdeeds? I, for one, find the obsession with anger, violence, and hate to be infinitely more destructive than the act of convincing thousands of people to spend money they don't have on things they either don't need or could obtain at much lower cost or free. While I make no excuses for Trudeau, he is actually no worse than many executives on Wall Street or at the helm of large corporations. And while I agree that in a perfect world, the government would put a stop to his shady dealings, I recognize that we don't live in a perfect world, and I would put Trudeau in line for prosecution somewhere behind a lot of executives and elected officials who do far more damage to society as a whole, not to mention millions of individuals.

And yes, I'd even put the proponents of hate, of violence, and of sedition in line ahead of him. But I sense that prosecution isn't necessary for folks like Coldwell, Abe, and Wink; their public statements will render them inconsequential in short order, because as smart as they think they are, they aren't smart enough to read the mood of the country, or even to keep their mouths shut about their inane predictions and philosophies. Their lies - and their sociopathy - will out, and all we really need to do is sit back and watch. Any legal trouble they might get themselves into will only be icing on the cake, as things come to pass in their own organic way. For myself, I look forward to having even a single day when I hear none of their names, and when my eyes no longer ache from rolling back in my head over their malevolent idiocy. The one prediction I will make is that such a day is approaching rapidly.

My sense is that my own vague, no-brainer prediction is continually being validated: there will be no neat and tidy endings to the GIN saga, or to Kevin Trudeau's scamming. Although I too got caught up in the GIN-is-falling schadenfreude party last year, and even momentarily thought Trudeau's arrest was imminent, I'm over that. I don't know if he even belongs in jail (I think one of his predatory former b.f.f.s is a much better candidate for imprisonment, but that probably won't happen either). To tell the truth I'd rather see KT in humble community service for the rest of his life, along with some of those over-stuffed, complacent accomplices such as Blaine Athorn. But he's a slippery snake, Kevin is, and my sense now is that his scamming days are far from over. I think it seems likely that the bankruptcy is not the beginning of the end; it's just the beginning of a new beginning for Kevin Mark Trudeau.


PS added on 26 April 2013 ~
A friend of mine added some perspective about Chapter 7 bankruptcy:

Having gone through a Chapter 7 myself I can tell you some procedural things. Such as, you might not ever see KT's case on [Judge] Wedoff's docket. Why? Because it will be the Bankruptcy Trustee, [Phillip D.] Levey, who will do all the heavy lifting and hosting all the hearings. If you can find Levey's schedule, that would be the way to track Kevin. My attorney and I were required to attend a hearing room meeting with the Trustee who asks the financial questions while I was on the stand under oath. Neither I nor my attorney ever had to meet the judge. At his leisure and in his chambers alone the judge ultimately signs the document and has it published after the Trustee gives him a review and a thumbs up.

Kevin's case will be complicated and contentious, unlike mine. So perhaps the judge will get involved if the Trustee feels overwhelmed. But that would be much later after Kevin's attorney sends by mail any additional documents requested by the Trustee, after the hearing room experience.

[During my own hearing] there were approximately 20 other parties in the room also declaring bankruptcy. Time on the stand only about 5 minutes each. Creditors are notified as to the date and time of the hearing. They can ask questions, but rarely do because they've been given the same financial paperwork describing the person's situation. [My creditor] had a representative in the room and he asked about every fourth person a question about personal property or inheritance or life insurance, things that might be off the radar. I was required to produce one additional document which my attorney mailed in. It took about 8 months from start to finish.

The Trustee holds great power, but makes it clear to those assembled that he is not there to humiliate anyone. That's how it works!
So again: Kevin Trudeau's bankruptcy is just another procedure, just more paper shuffling, and probably nothing more than a way to shield his assets from those who believe he owes them money. But mainly it seems to be a way of avoiding paying the $37 mil FTC fine and getting the contempt charges vacated. And it may very well be successful, or will at least create still more delays. Don't get me wrong: certainly as a symbolic event Kevin Trudeau's bankruptcy is significant; it's always significant when a public figure who preaches "success" tips and brags about his own success resorts to bankruptcy. It's no big deal when ordinary citizens file bankruptcy; sometimes that is the only way out of an otherwise impossible situation. But when the king of cons does it, it is kind of a big deal. And this development should make GIN members and KT defenders at least pause to consider that they're being taken. Even so, as I said, Kevin Trudeau's bankruptcy won't make a dent in Scamworld and probably not even much of a dent in Trudeau's cushy life.

Update, 2 July 2013: I was poking around on PACER.gov today, and found that Trudeau's bankruptcy has already been closed and the trustee discharged. The case was dismissed in late May due to failure to file the proper documents, and terminated on June 3.
The deadline for objecting to the discharge is August 30.

Of course, this could all be just another delay tactic. As a friend of mine observed, "This gives them until August to delay and maybe make a deal, and failing that they protest and refile and delay another 4 months. This is making 20 lawyers very rich." That sounds about right. Anyway, here's a shot of page 1 of the docket:


Update, 11 July 2013: The trustee weighs in. This was not available on the docket when I did my update immediately above; it was filed the day after I did that update. Click to enlarge...


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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

More indefensible "free speech" from Loony Coldwell


Leonard Coldwell, fake doctor and real scammer, has just revealed, on Facebook, something many of us suspected: He is indeed withholding the latest Kevin Trudeau court documents from his gaudy web site because he thinks that this somehow gives him an advantage over two critical bloggers whom he fears. You will probably have to click on the picture to enlarge it enough to read his semi-literate ramblings.

The alleged dangerous psychopath Lenny mentions in his little neener-neener is Bernie O'Mahony of GINtruth.com (
who has comments of his own about that right here). The alleged ex-hooker with AIDS is yours truly of this very Whirled. I know this because Lenny has made similar references to both of us on numerous occasions. Little Lenny put this post on Abe Husein's wall the evening of April 8, 2013, and Abe can't remove it right now because he has been blocked from Facebook.

But let this be yet another record of Coldwell's intelligence level and professionalism (or lack thereof on both counts). Not to mention his utter lack of maturity. Not exactly the type of "leader" whose seekrit klub you'd want to pay to join. Or even join for free. Just sayin'.


PS ~ Omri at Glancingweb has some words about Lenny's "new" vitamin enterprise, the egregiously overpriced Active Champions line (or the Chumplements, as some of us like to call them). Omri quotes  the little marketing fib that Lenny's pal Peter told to make the vitamins sound as if they're truly new and unique, and as if Lenny sacrificed blood, sweat, tears, and untold treasure for the good of the world. Omri also mentions that Universal Formulas, which packages Lenny's beloved Bepure "cleanse," got a warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a few years back for peddling one of Lenny's supplement frauducts. More about that later on this Whirled when I get around to it. For now, business and real life call!

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Monday, April 01, 2013

De-brainwashing: out of the frying pan, into the fire

As mentioned on this blog last week, Petard Winkwell (individually known as Peter Wink and Leonard Coldwell), the Supreme Founders of the IBMS Master's Society seekrit klub and GIN ripoff, hosted yet another teleconference on Thursday evening, March 28, 2013. This one was devoted to "de-brainwashing" -- ridding yourself of the influence of the negative mainstream media, and, most importantly, of negative people (including and especially family and friends) who are worried about the fact that you are putting moneys into the pockets of scammers. I'm told there was even a visualization exercise to purge bad people from your life, so you can continue unimpeded with your mission to give as much money as possible to the scam of your choice. As long as it's the Winkwell scam, that is.

Here is the playback link, and I'll add the warning that it's another 70-plus minutes that you'll never get back. I haven't taken the time to listen to the whole thing because I value my minutes. But I've listened to bits and pieces, and have read comments from people who have listened to it in its entirety. Anyway, it may not be up there for much longer, so get it while it's hot.

Also on tap: A new documentary in which Not-Doc Coldwell reveals his true origins, and the big things that are in store for Planet Earth.
Here's the link for more information.*


* Okay, THAT is an April Fools' joke. After all, I am reasonably certain that Coldwell is in fact human and not an E.T.

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