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37 million balloons? SNAG circle med for Kevin Trudeau
Here's a YouTube vid of a SNAG (Sensitive New Age
Guy/Gal) circle meditation recently performed for serial scammer
Kevin Trudeau, apparently in anticipation of his September 26
court hearing. In this meditation the participants are asked to
envision Kevin walking out of that hearing in triumph. They are
invited to visualize 37 million balloons (representing those 37
million dollars he owes the FTC) going POOF! and disappearing.
They are encouraged to imagine -- and by doing so to create -- a
scenario in which he is completely exonerated, all charges
are dismissed, all fines are canceled... a scenario that ends with Katie
emerging victorious at the GIN Family Reunion in Washington DC.
I'm thinking a Return of the King scene, but without Hobbits and Elves.
The video was put on YouTube on September 24,
presumably to spread the good vibe and help send out positive
energy to Katie. The instructions -- and the meditation -- are
Just a reminder...to keep saying this
whenever you have a spare moment in your heads...
So, did the meditation work?
"I Love THE Love OF GOD IN MY
I Love THE Love OF GOD IN KEVIN TRUDEAU'S SOUL."
"I Love the Love of God in my soul...and
I Love the Love of God in Judge Gettleman's soul."
"I Love the Love of God in my soul...and
I Love the Love of God in Robb Evans & Associates
"I Love the Love of God in my soul...and
I Love the Love of God in Kenton Johnson & Brick Kane's
"I Love the Love of God in my soul...and
I Love the Love of God in Thomas L. Kirsch's soul."
"I Love the Love of God in my soul...and
I Love the Love of God in the Federal Trade Commission."
Well, Katie didn't get thrown in the clink on
September 26, as some of his loudest detractors had been hoping.
But he's far from off the hook. He
got his allowance taken away -- for now, at least, though according to court docs filed on September 27,
2013, he and the FTC are still
quibbling over details. According to an ABC News report filed on the evening of September 26, the receiver is leaning towards agreeing
with the FTC that coercive incarceration might be just the ticket
to shake some more bucks out of Katie. And he's due back in court
on Tuesday, October 1, or possibly later, if the government gets
shut down (see link to the September 27 court docs in the sentence above). Although I don't think he belongs in jail, jail seems
to be looming ever closer. It's pretty certain that he won't be
at the Family Reunion, should that event actually take place.
Here's the really sad part. While Kevin currently seems quite
desperate and at this point might welcome prayers or meditations
or magickal chants or even lucky charms or ePendants, I am pretty sure that
when he was riding high he would have scoffed at this kind of
stuff. I think that in their heart of hearts, at least some of
these folks know this. (The guy in the purple shirt and hat looks
a little cynical, if you ask me. I can't say I blame him.)
These people seem like sweet and well-meaning folks who are
totally wasting their energy on someone who wouldn't give them
the time of day under ordinary circumstances -- and indeed, would
call them losers.
And he might be calling them losers even now. I can just hear
Katie grumbling to his attorneys, "F--k the meditation. Why
don't those losers send me some f-----g money?"
(I confess that I am also having flashbacks from my days of hanging
around people like this, which I did for years. It was hanging
around people like this that made me who I am today: the ironically Cosmic Connie, creator of this Whirled.)
Yet people such as these represent a significant and growing force in
American spiritual life, and it's easy to see how Kevin pandered
to them through GIN. (And for the record, I don't think they're losers. I think they've just been bamboozled by an expert bamboozler.)
Here's the direct YouTube link, in case you want to make comments. Be nice, though. These folks may be fragile and brainwashed.
|Clicking on the pic above won't lead you to the video,|
but WILL provide an enlarged view.
Sadly, these meditators seem to be demonstrating the very type of
gullibility that will make them an easy target for the next
scammer to come down the pike. This willingness to believe, this
deep but misplaced emotional and spiritual hunger -- along with
the unwillingness to make "negative" judgments -- will
keep Scamworld and the big sick machine fueled for many years to
come. Kevin may fade away, GIN may die, but there will always be
other scams and other scammers, and hungry, eternally hopeful people to take the
"And so it is."
* * * * *
Some people have expressed puzzlement about
whether the above meditation is actually typical GIN practice.
Others who have been in GIN say they never saw things like that
and it isn't part of the GIN teachings. Judging by what one of
the women in the video said towards the beginning, it seems
obvious that this is a vid of a private "mastermind" group of GIN
folks with new-age beliefs -- and the two ringleaders,
particularly the gray-haired woman leading the meditation, seem
to have years if not decades of experience with metaphysical
practices and belief systems.
Through GIN, Kevin chose to target
this demographic as well as numerous others. And he certainly
exploited new-agey concepts such as "vibrations," the
"law of attraction," and so forth -- and also took full advantage of people's superstitions and their tendency to embrace magical
thinking. In fact he has been practicing this sort of exploitation for many years through his promotion of various frauducts, but he brought it all together into one toxic blend in GIN.
I imagine that a more Christian-oriented GIN "mastermind" group
might have a more traditional prayer circle and perhaps would
implore Jesus H. Christ to help poor Katie. And maybe they have; we just haven't seen the video yet. The point is that
people bring their own belief systems and practices to the table
and integrate them into GIN as they see fit. And as indicated
above, many people who were drawn to GIN experienced GIN from a
Not surprisingly, the GIN circle med has been a source of mirth
on the "GIN Destroyer" Facebook page.
It's amusing to see the so-called GIN destroyers and their
followers jeering at the new-age meditators for their
touchy-feely and ritualistic way of trying to help Kevin. I know
they are mostly jeering because they think the meditators are deluded
for believing that Katie is a good guy or that their meditation will
get their fearless leader out of this big mess. But the
"destroyers" and some of the others as well also seem
to be slamming the very idea of this ritual, as if it is some
crazy thing only performed by people who are mentally disturbed.
They seem to be ignoring, or ignorant of, the larger cultural
and historical context.
The reality is that lots of people perform these types of rituals for all sorts of
reasons both trivial and momentous, whether through meditation,
visualization, or prayer. And they have been doing so for centuries. Moreover, the type of meditation that you see in the video above encompasses ideas that have become much more mainstream within the past few years.
I also recall that in 2011 the chief GIN destroyer had joined a
Kansas City Wiccan and Pagan meetup group just so he could recruit them for GIN (the group's
member profiles are now apparently closed to non-members, but
some of his other profile pages indicate that he is still a member of this group, and that his
interests include "meditation" and "energy
healers"). And someone screen-capped his Wiccan group profile some time ago.
The point is
that anyone who knows any Wiccans/Pagans knows that many of them
are very much into rituals and chanting and circles and so forth.
Some are solitary practitioners and some prefer groups, but
rituals (and for some, spells) are a pretty big thing. In
addition, Abe totes Rhonda Byrne's works around like a talisman, and recommends them, and her work is specifically
geared to appeal to the very type of people we see in the circle-med video.
So I feel that our GIN destroyer is snarking from, at best, a place of
ignorance or at the very least extreme shortsightedness. He's
focusing on the fact that the meditators are trying to help Kevin Trudeau, and he is ignoring the fact that
perhaps without fully realizing it, he has on several occasions
promoted exactly the same kind of mindset these new-agers are demonstrating.
As for Loony Coldwell,
he's up to his usual disgusting antics (or rant-ics), calling the meditators mentally retarded cult members, saying that they're broke or are trailer trash, and saying they have no sex lives. (He seems obsessed with sex and with proving to the world that he's a real player. But as many know, the truth is not nearly so glamorous.)
By now, it's easy to see the wheels turning in that nefarious little skull of his.
He takes every opportunity to point out examples of what he sees
as brainwashing and Jonestown-ish behavior so he can flog his own"anti-brainwashing" fiddle-faddle.
Not that I'm letting the meditators off the hook; it's just that I'm looking at their actions from a broader perspective. I will say that one of the eye-rolling things I saw in the video
was that the meditators betray their own type of ignorance --
perhaps a willful ignorance -- of the legal trouble
Kevin is in. They stumble over the name of the judge overseeing
the civil case, they express confusion about the FTC's
involvement, they seem to totally ignore the looming criminal
trial with Judge Guzman (although I realize that they were
specifically focusing on the outcome for the upcoming civil
hearing with Judge Gettleman).
Their ignorance and blind spots are not really all that
surprising, and seem characteristic of a cultish mindset that is
often seen, and not just in new-age circles. (And any one of us is susceptible to being fooled by an expert con artist, given the right circumstances.) Even so, in light of
the fact that they do seem to be new-agers, they seem to be as
good an illustration as any of some of the more serious issues
with new-age culture in general, which I've written about here
before, and mentioned in the section above: the positivity mindset and the general mandate to be "non-judgmental." New-age culture encourages
people to willingly suspend negative opinions along with general disbelief, and just "go
with the flow." The emperor is fully dressed, by golly!
However -- and here's where I most definitely differ with the jeering group whose screenshots appear above -- some of the ex-GIN don't seem to realize that the phony "doctor" they are following, and to
whom they now look for guidance, is many times worse, in many ways, than Kevin Trudeau.
As noted, I realize that the "non-judgmental" mindset is
not limited to new-age culture or cults, but since the early 1980s or even before, new-agers seem to have raised it to new and often ludicrous (and sometimes dangerous) levels. It seems to me that one of the most
extreme examples (besides, perhaps, James Arthur Ray and his
deadly sweat lodge) was a certain most-wanted war criminal who was able to
disguise himself as a new-age healer for years.
But the SNAG circle med above? It is not "the depths of
madness" (as one participant in the above mentioned forum
described it), any more than any other ritual practiced by well
meaning if misguided people on behalf of a beloved leader or
cause. It may be the height of folly, but it is not the depth of
madness. On the other hand, following someone like Loony Coldwell... now, THAT'S
getting closer to the edge of the insanity abyss.
Labels: Kevin Trudeau, Kevin Trudeau court cases, Kevin Trudeau jail, Kevin Trudeau meditation
'Til Tuesday is more than just the name of an 80s rock band
Oh, dear me. Kevin Trudeau's court hearing -- that thing I was just going on about a little while ago -- has
been continued 'til Tuesday, October 1. The imaginary Bubba that has Kevin's loudest and looniest detractors salivating is just going to have to wait a little while longer. Perhaps indefinitely. [See updates below. This really does keep changing. ~CC]
It seems that another "final nail" turns out to be a broken
|Kevin Trudeau will NOT go to jail on September 26.|
Loony Coldwell is not happy. (Click to enlarge.)
But you know what that means: let the fake lawsuits begin! Watch your back, Robb Evans, Kenton Johnson, Blair Zanzig, Judge Gettleman, and the FTC! "Real justice" is...ah... coming up close. Or at least the Three Stooges are. Watch out for Moe and his hammer. Here's part of a Facebook exchange from September 24 (click to enlarge, of course)...
I'll have the latest court docs as soon as they are
available. [Note: See PS below. ~CC]
For now, there's this from James Hill at ABC News, via Nightline. One big piece of news -- apparently overlooked by a certain ranting lunatic who was supposedly monitoring the hearing more closely than anyone else -- is that Judge Gettleman decided to suspend Katie's modest-by-Katie-standards monthly allowance, an issue that we've snarked about a few times on this Whirled, including here. Writes Hill:
"It's not that I want Mr. Trudeau to starve and be homeless," U.S.
District Judge Robert Gettleman said. "But when the orders of this
court are constantly being violated, willfully violated, this has to be
brought to a head. It's not going to be pretty."
Also noteworthy: the receiver is reportedly starting to agree with the FTC that throwing Trudeau in jail might be the best chance of recovering assets.
For the first time since taking the job seven
weeks ago, the court-appointed receiver agreed with the FTC that
incarcerating Trudeau offered the best chance of recovering
assets, citing ongoing concerns with Trudeau's "troubling
It would appear that Katie is running out of friends. Even Judge Gettleman has jail on his mind, according to the ABC report.
Though Judge Gettleman decided against sending
Trudeau back to jail, he was very openly considering it. He
ordered Trudeau back next week for another hearing and warned him
that he "was very close to being exactly where the [FTC]
wants him. You reach a point where there is nothing else to
Anyway, we'll know more in a few days...maybe.
Meanwhile for your amusement, here's Loony Coldwell, who, instead of popping the champagne, seems to be munching on the sour grapes. He does seem to have an obsession with gayness. Not that there's anything wrong with that! But it does seem that he's stretching the point a bit by suggesting that Judge Gettleman is gay and has the hots for Kevin. Loony is obsessed with sex, though, which is probably why he made up the lie that I am a former prostitute with AIDS.
Aside from my amusement over Loony's misguided rage, I have to wonder why he and his little buddy Abe overlooked what seemed like rather significant developments in the latest hearing, since they were supposedly monitoring the proceedings "live." Maybe the monitoring was via their buddy Peter Wink, who resides in the Chicago area. Maybe Peter just takes lousy notes. But Loony was one of the first to announce the news of the continuance, so he got something right. I suppose that after that, he and Abe were so busy being outraged that Kevin hadn't been thrown to Bubba, and that GIN hadn't been shut down once and for all (as both Loony and Abe had been predicting nonstop) that they forgot to "look for the gold!" Fortunately there are responsible journalists who are following this story and keeping it alive.
Here's a thread that was on Abe's page but now seems to be missing in action (maybe it's still there but my friends can't see it any more).
If it is gone, I wonder if it was deleted because Abe was embarrassed by being shown up once again as having overlooked some important news. Or maybe he got spooked about the consequences of making the accusations he made. Or maybe both. (Of course, if the thread is actually still there, but my pals just can't see it... then never mind.)
I also have to wonder when the "GIN Action" goofballs are going to accept the reality of this situation, which is the reality of Scamworld, which I've been repeating for the past year like a mantra...
"No neat and tidy endings!"
PS added September 27 ~ Lacking a Facebook post from Abe about the "gold" in the latest hearings, I would have expected a video, but his most recent video, made earlier today, is about how GIN is going Hollywood because some film production company has contacted him to be a "consultant" on a movie they are considering doing about Kevin Trudeau. Not a peep in his September 27 vid about Kevin having his allowance cut off, or the receiver appearing to come around to the FTC's side. However, at GINtruth.com, Bernie as usual has pertinent commentary and more hilarious graphics.
Also, here are two court documents filed on September 27. The only document filed on September 26 and immediately accessible was a one-page minute entry granting the FTC's motion to modify the receivership document regarding Katie's monthly allowance. [See update immediately below.]
PPS added October 3 ~ Today I found a "missing" court document from this civil court case. I retrieved this one not
from PACER but from the Robb Evans and Associates (receiver) web
site. Though filed in the courts on September 26, it was
apparently only uploaded to the receiver's site on October 1, and
was not even visible on the docket on PACER. That's why I mistakenly stated above that the only document filed on September 26 was a minute entry.
This is the actual order that Judge Gettleman on September 26. As you
know from reading the post above, as well as other previous and
subsequent posts, that was the hearing for which some of Kevin's
loudest and looniest detractors held out such high hopes of Katie
being thrown in jail and GIN being shut down once and for all.
That didn't happen, of course; the hearing was continued and as of this writing is set for October 16. The delays are due to the government shutdown, which has crippled the
FTC and its attorneys.
As noted above, this doc isn't even listed on the court docket
yet, or at least it wasn't when I checked yesterday evening. I
had noticed that there was a number missing in the sequence, and
wondered exactly what was missing. Now I know. It is Document
760: "ORDER ON FTC’S MOTION TO MODIFY THE AUGUST 7, 2013
ORDER TO TERMINATE TRUDEAU’S PERSONAL EXPENSE ALLOWANCE."
Besides terminating the allowance for now (until further order of
the court), the judge also notes that Katie violated several
orders (some of which listed in subsequent court docs, already
shared here) -- and he said that the consequences will be
discussed at the next hearing. Sounds pretty ominous. You'll
notice that on this document the hearing is listed as being set
for Oct. 4, so the doc must have been generated (or modified)
after the FTC filed its emergency motion to move the hearing from
Oct. 1 to later in the week.
In this same document we see that the judge is also denying
Katie's request to travel outside of the jurisdiction (Northern
District of Illinois) until and unless he pays back (to the
receivership estate) all of the money he spent -- or transferred -- in violation of
the court orders. I don't know for sure how much
out-of-jurisdiction traveling he did or tried to do since he was
last restricted, but apparently this is still an issue.
By the way, if all goes according to schedule and the main part of their
work has not been affected by the very recent government
shutdown, the receiver's next monthly report should be due on or
about October 7.
|Click to enlarge.|
Labels: GIN, Kevin Trudeau, Kevin Trudeau court case, Kevin Trudeau jail, Leonard Coldwell
Kevin Trudeau is back in court while "GIN Action" figures stand by with lawsuit threats
As I am posting this,
serial scammer Kevin Trudeau is back in Judge Robert
Gettleman's court room to work out some issues and determine,
among other things, whether or not he will have to go back to
jail for another lesson in being not-scared straight.
|Big day in court for Kevin Trudeau! |
An end to two CENTURIES of crime!
So says Loony Coldwell, ex Trudeau buddy (click to enlarge).
This is presumably a Big Day In Court for Kevin, and Kevin's
ex-b.f.f., Mocktor Loony Coldwell, is so excited he is about to
wet himself. Today, he says, will be the end of two centuries
of crime (it's right there in the pic above). My, Kevin must be much older than I thought.
Continued from last week, today's hearing will determine several
things, according to the judge's order of September 19, which I
shared last week on this post. (Here is the direct link.) One big
point that will determine whether or not Judge Gettleman tosses
Katie back in the clink is "whether he has taken sufficient
steps to purge himself of the various contempt orders of this
court." If Katie and his lawyers can convince the court that
he's really being a good boy and trying to cooperate, he more
than likely won't go back to jail. (There's still a possible long
prison sentence looming re his criminal contempt case, but that
doesn't go to trial until November 4.)
The bourbon drinkers and champagne poppers are waiting with
baited breath and juicy visions of Bubba and Katie for another
excuse to celebrate (they do seem overly obsessed with homosexual
jailhouse rapes). There was apparently quite a lot of celebration
last week when Kevin was sent for an overnight stay at a Federal
facility in Chicago, and there were probably lots of hangovers
the next day as he was being released.
Also on tap for today is the issue of the plaintiff's (FTC's)
motion to modify the receivership agreement (Doc. 744) so that
Katie can't receive his modest monthly allowance unless he gets a
real job and contributes to the receivership estate.
And then there are "the other matters raised [at the
September 19] hearings." Those "other matters"
include some issues -- potentially explosive issues, but I'm not
getting excited yet -- that have caused such a ruckus for the
past week among the ignorant and the arrogant, and have also
caused some buzz among some actual smart people, such as some of
the news reporters who were in the courtroom. (It's only because
of the buzz from the smart people that I'm giving this any more
attention right now.) Towards the end of the hearings last week,
the FTC reportedly brought up the question of whether or not the
receiver, Robb Evans & Associates, might be running an
illegal operation by continuing to keep Trudeau's big scam the
Global Information Network (GIN) open while they complete their
investigations. This question is so unsurprising as to be
yawn-inducing, unless something actually comes of it.
The FTC will of course make any point to build their case, but as
I've noted before, the receiver has an obligation to keep all
Trudeau entities operational for the time being until and unless
it can be proven that an entity is illegal and unprofitable. Then
the receiver has to notify the court and the court will decide.
The receiver, also as noted before, has expressed serious doubts
about the legality of the GIN MLM but said that further
investigation was necessary. The receiver can investigate,
report, and make recommendations, and the FTC can make
recommendations, and the plaintiff and defendant can file motions
until the cows come home -- but it is ultimately up to Judge
Gettleman to make the call. Does GIN stay operational for now, or
does it go? That's up to the judge.
Loony Coldwell and his band of toadies are making a big deal of
this now and are making many hilarious threats to start the
lawsuits flying if things don't go their way in court today. They've actually been on this kick since earlier this
month (also see
Bernie O's commentary on this), but
they are now fairly frothing at the mouth with righteous
indignation and demands for "truth" and
This means that if Judge Gettleman doesn't shut down GIN on the
26th or, at the very least, incarcerate Katie again, Loony is
going to stamp his little foot and sue the receiver, the
receiver's attorney (Blair Zanzig), the judge... and maybe the
FTC, just for good measure. Look, he says so right here, in
several Facebook posts from earlier today.
It's amusing that Loony was so impressed with that Daily Beast article (which, as it happens, I had linked to on last Saturday's blog post),
that he even used it in a separate Facebook post to express his
righteous indignation. What's so entertaining is that The Beast
piece quotes extensively from Dr. Stephen Barrett, who utterly loathes
alt-med quacks. In fact it is Trudeau's alt-health
"advice" that has most infuriated Dr. Barrett, and has
led him to label Trudeau as a con artist.
|Coldwell seems to be afraid to use the "b" word: BRIBERY.|
But that is precisely the accusation he is making.
As for Loony's continual threats that he is going to get some RICO case going against
the receiver and the Feds, using the mighty law firm of Merritt
Webb, I think my pal Tim hit it on the head again with this
comment on one of the Facebook forums:
To be pedantic, the only thing any
private lawyers are capable of (nobody is actually good at
it) would be DEFENDING against RICO charges. There isn't a
lawyer in the US who could or would risk their reputations
[or lives] trying to PROVE a RICO case.
That's probably about right.
Please don't get me wrong. I sympathize with the ex-GIN members
who are still owed money or are demanding refunds. Their chance
of getting the money owed to them is probably nil by now. Some of
them, following bad advice perhaps, have reportedly written to
the receiver and asked for their money, and the receiver has
referred them to GIN customer service (it seems that this is all
the receiver can legally do at this point). Some have duly
written to GIN and are passed back to the receiver. If the buck
is really being passed back and forth like this, that's truly
lame... and shame on the buck-passers, but again, at this point
it may be inevitable.
My friend Julie was thoughtful enough to provide this link on one of
the Facebook forums. It describes what a receiver really does. As
This is the part Lenny and company don't get:
For the time being -- and perhaps for the duration -- the ex-GIN
wanting their money back may really be SOL. The really pathetic
thing is that little lunatics with big promises of big lawsuits
aren't the answer either.
4. Outstanding sales and purchase
orders are not binding on the receiver unless he elects
to accept them. As a result, in operating environments,
incoming goods should be segregated. This will ensure
appropriate treatment of pre- and post-receivership
Remember, folks, Coldwell pulled this trick last year with the
"class action lawsuit" he was going to file back in
June of 2012. I wrote about that here. I
also wrote about a lawsuit he had initiated in Germany -- and
Nothing came of that 2012 class-action lawsuit. But Loony did
apparently get a lot of names and information for his mailing
list, and even now is aggressively recruiting GIN victims for his
own scam du jour. And that's the
way it works in Scamworld.
|If you haven't been victimized enough by GIN and KT, |
here's another chance for you!
In another conversation, my buddy Tim had something else to say
that made me think:
I wonder what it would take for the
receiver to start trying to begin clawbacks from Mark
Hamilton and Brian Baschnagel. If they could get 5 million
from each of them, then maybe another million from people
like Lenny Coldwell and Peter Ragnar they might find an
easier way to collect 37 million than their current tactic of
trying to run GIN
That's not a bad idea. In
light of the fact that Neo-stinker Mark Hamilton (aka Wallace Ward), and
most certainly another top GIN commission earner, Brian B, were responsible for so many thousands of people signing
up for GIN and forking over their hard-earned money, it seems to
me that hitting these clowns up for some of the money would
constitute true justice. There's probably no legal
precedent for that, though.
Ragnar had a big downline and lots of influence too. And Loony is
one of those who by rights should be forking over as well, since
he has boasted that he was responsible for signing up more than
10,000 folks -- and yet has also said that he knew for a very
long time that Kevin was dishonest in many ways. Even though he
wasn't listed on the receiver report as being one of the top
commission earners in GIN -- at least not listed as one
individual under his own name (he could have had multiple
accounts, for all I know) -- he is still morally if not legally
culpable. He seems to think he is fulfilling his moral obligation
by grandstanding and posturing about fighting the good fight. But
I don't buy it, and anyone who does needs to do some more
Anyway, I'll post an update, or perhaps even a separate post,
when I hear what happens in court today. Stay tuned...
PS ~ There's also been buzz, as you may have
heard, about FBI agents visiting the homes of ex-GIN members who
complained about GIN last year. Whether anything comes of that or
not remains to be seen. The FBI is always investigating someone
or something, and most of the time nothing does come of it.
PPS ~ Regarding the other court case, there was
only one small entry on the criminal docket yesterday...
MINUTE entry before the Honorable Ronald A. Guzman as to Kevin
That's all it said, so I didn't think it was worth
uploading a PDF. September 30 is the same day that the replies to
the pre-trial motion responses are due.
Status hearing regarding jury selection set for 9/30/2013 at
Labels: GIN, Global Information Network, Kevin Trudeau, Kevin Trudeau court case, Kevin Trudeau jail, Leonard Coldwell
Will the real fake Gandhi please stand up? And leave?
|Faux heroes are everywhere! Click to enlarge.|
As most of you who have been following the saga
of serial scammer Kevin Trudeau know, he was jailed on September
18, 2013 and was then sprung the next day, with a few conditions. I wrote about it here, of course, and the story has been all over the news media and the
blogosphere, with one of the most acerbic commentaries appearing on
The Daily Beast. The Beast article
quotes Quackwatch's Dr. Stephen Barrett, who, love him or hate
him (some don't like him because of his hard line against
alt-med), has been a diligent Trudeau critic even longer than I
have. (Here's a January 2006 article from the Skeptical
Inquirer about the claims in
Katie's Natural Cures books and infomercials.)
Needless to say, some of Katie's loudest detractors, not all of
whom are necessarily concerned with justice, were disappointed
that he got out of jail. But they hold high hopes for a longer
stay in the clink after he returns to court on September 26 for a
follow-up hearing. For his part, Katie is presumably engaged in
trying to convince the court-appointed receiver and the court
that he really, really, really is trying to cooperate with the
investigative efforts to dig up his hidden assets. The FTC isn't
buying it. The judge probably isn't buying it either, but is
indulging him for a little while longer.
Anyway. You may be wondering what all of this has to do with
Gandhi. Well, in the past year or so, as Trudeau has become a
little more desperate in his campaign to get people to give him
money so he can go on scamming (he bills his struggle as a FirstAmendment issue and a fight against government tyranny), he has
started to play the martyr theme a little more dramatically. On
more than one occasion -- in a couple of his videos, for example
-- he has compared himself to Jesus H. Christ and to Gandhi. This
was good for lots of laughs among his critics.
an October 18, 2012 video where I know
he compared himself to Christ; that bit starts at about 44:00. I
don't remember if Gandhi is mentioned in this one or not, but I
do know that Trudeau has compared himself to Gandhi, and
some of his followers have as well. And in this 2005 article on Salon.com, he mentions Gandhi as one of his
A little more recently -- earlier this year -- Kevin's
ex-marketing guy Peter Wink, using his IBMS Master's Society alias, compared himself to Gandhi.
Peter was getting a lot of criticism (and still is), but said he
didn't care because it just meant he is successful and the
critics are jealous.
I had a bit of fun with that earlier this year,
in this post about Peter and Loony Coldwell's poor man's
Global Information Network, the IBMS Master's Society (scroll down to "And let's not even get into the
fear-mongering, gun-nuttery, and krazy conspiracy theories. On
second thought, let's do").
And now Peter is passing on the mantle of Gandhi-dumb to his and
Loony's little buddy Abe Husein, which caused a lot of laughs on
the Facebooks the other day. Hence the pictorial tribute at the
top of the post. I'm still half inclined to believe that Peter
was just being facetious and/or was trying to get a rise out of
the "haters" and "losers" who long ago
figured out that Kevin Trudeau isn't the only -- or even the
worst -- scammer in Scamworld. But on the off chance that he was
actually serious (or was trying to convince Abe he was serious),
it seemed to be worth a cheap shot. I'm not going to let a
perfectly good Photoshop op go to waste.
The big question I have is why everyone and his little brother
seems to want to be Gandhi. A 2011 bio of him suggested he wasn't the pure and perfect hero that so
many folks seem to think he was. Well,
yawn. None of our heroes and heroines is perfect. They are/were
only human, after all. And just because Gandhi reportedly slept
nekkid with his teenage great-niece, and reportedly thought
Mussolini was an okay guy and Hitler was his friend, and reportedly left some of his fellow
activists in the lurch on more than one occasion, that doesn't
take away from the truly good things he did. But I just thought
I'd point this out.
At any rate, Kevin Trudeau isn't fit to wear
Gandhi's diaper, and neither, I'd wager, are most of other folks who have at one time or another compared their own struggles and
achievements to those of Gandhi. More to the point, it seems clear to me
that Kevin Trudeau isn't the only faux-hero and
phony-martyr in Scamworld -- he's just an infinitely smarter and
more skilled one than some of his former staff members, ex-b.f.f.s,
and unprincipled wannabes. True-dough may be down for now, but he has had a nice
long run in Scamworld, and still has thousands of fans. And I would surmise that almost no one is fooled by the goofy Gandhi-invokers and Namaste-sayers who are scrambling to take his place.
PS ~ The caption on the lead graphic is a
paraphrase of a widely-quoted Gandhi quotation, "Be the
change you wish to see in the world," something that apparently Gandhi never actually said. It's a very nice sentiment but not a real Gandhi-ism. Another fond illusion bites the dust...
|Click to enlarge. Source The Atlantic Wire, March 28, 2011|
For more hilarious updates on the Three Stooges who make up the "GIN justice team," see this post. I just updated it with yet more screen shots.
Bernie weighs in on the latest hilarity as only he can.
Labels: IBMS Master's Society, IBMS Master's Society scam, Kevin Trudeau, Kevin Trudeau jail, Kevin Trudeau release from jail
Kevin Trudeau: caged for now?
[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.
|It's cage-a vu all over again for Kevin Trudeau, |
but it seems he hasn't run out of options -- yet.
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
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
Here's the link to the main Wiki article.
Judging by what the court order said, he will be in custody at
"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
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
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
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.
* 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
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.
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
"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.
Mark your calendars, my pretties.
Labels: Kevin Trudeau, Kevin Trudeau contempt hearing, Kevin Trudeau court cases, Kevin Trudeau in jail
Kevin Trudeau: a long way down?
That's right, it's come to this,
yes it's come to this,
and wasn't it a long way down,
wasn't it a strange way down?
~ Leonard Cohen, "Dress Rehearsal Rag," Songs of
Love and Hate, 1973
Well, Dear Ones, here is the newest video from serial scammer Kevin Trudeau. In this video he is
desperately begging for donations to his new legal defense fund, not to be confused with the always-dodgy StandWithKT fund, which the court-appointed receiver seized on August 7, along with all of the other extant (at that time) Trudeau business entities.
(Click on link to play the video; if that doesn't work, try
this link.) [Note: I modified this paragraph from the original posted on September 17, because it seems clearer now to me that this is not some seekrit viral video that Kevin did not intend for public consumption. ~CC, 18 September, 2013.]
In this video, Kevin laments
that if he doesn't raise a certain amount of money "this
week," his attorneys will withdraw from the case because he
can't pay them. They are on standby with a motion to withdraw from the case, says he. For the past few months there had been talk about
this as a possibility but it has not happened yet. Now he says it
is imminent, though we really don't know how much of this is true
and how much is his customary crocodile-tears exaggeration. (I
did notice that even though Kimball Anderson is still listed on
the criminal docket, in his video Kevin only mentioned the names of two other
lawyers with Winston & Strawn, Thomas Kirsch and Katherine
A few other things stuck out for me while watching this vid.
First, Kevin seems to be uncertain about his potential sentence
should he be found guilty in his criminal trial, which begins
November 4. In the video, he says a couple of times that he believes
the government wants to put him away for 10-18 years. That was
the government's original recommendation, but since then,
according to Kevin's own lawyers, Judge Guzman upped the potential sentence to life in prison. Has this changed? Or does Kevin not
know about it? It seems that since he is such a drama queen he
would certainly mention a potential life sentence if he knew
Also, regarding the seminar he says he is going to be giving in
Washington DC in October, immediately following the GIN Family Reunion, in order to raise funds for his legal
defense: At first in the video, he advertised his seminar as
being on October 21. Then at the very end he clearly said October
24. Which is it, dude? The larger question of course is whether he will be
able to actually give the seminar. The FTC wants to keep him in
the jurisdiction (Northern Illinois). And even though his
presentation, if it happens, will be completely separate from GIN, there are
questions about whether his conducting a seminar to raise money
for his legal fund is allowed under the terms of the
receivership. Certainly some of his loudest detractors (the Loony
Coldwell camp) are trying to keep that event from happening, and
they claim to be in touch with the FTC, the receiver, FBI, IRS,
and who knows who else in order to keep the leash on Katie as
tight as possible.
For now, though, it appears to me (though I am no legal expert, of course) that he is conducting his legal fundraising under the watchful eye of the receiver, the court, the FTC, and any and everyone else who has any authority over him and his business entities... so, sorry, Loony, you and your band of phony heroes are going to have to dig a little harder to find something to nail him on right now.
Speaking of phony heroes...
But back to our Movie of the Week. Several people have said Kevin looks awful in this latest video, but I
guess we all see what we want to see. I did see and hear a bit of
desperation but I don't know if it was sincere. However, I
thought he looked relatively polished for being such a
"virtually homeless, virtually penniless" boy. And it
seemed that overall Kevin was putting a positive spin on his
situation as usual: a hustler to the very end.
He even took pains to laud the professionalism of the
court-appointed receiver, making it sound almost as if he and
some of the folks at the receiver firm are old buddies. (Then
again, that's what The Secret star and hustledork
extraordinaire Joe Vitale pulled a few years ago with
ABC News reporter Dan Harris, but to no
avail: Harris' resulting piece on Joe made Joe look pretty
silly.) Kevin talked about the
receivership as if is a blessing and a possible road to cleaning
up his businesses and allowing him to start over and stride
forward into a bright, bold new future. (At the end of the video,
though, he didn't seem quite so sure of the brightness of that
Kevin does seems concerned about the trouble he is
in -- though again, with Kevin you never know. On paper, he is
clearly in trouble, but since Kevin has never been known for his
forthrightness, we don't know how much he actually perceives
he is in trouble. It does seem clear that he is still playing the
martyr, the First Amendment Stuporhero.
Once again he tells the story of how the big bad gummit has been
coming after him since 1989 -- "1989!" he stresses,
repeatedly -- just because of stuff he wrote and said, exposing
Big Pharma and government corruption and so forth. (He neglects
to mention his little stints in prison for larceny and credit
card fraud in 1991-93). He tells the same sad story that has won
the hearts, minds, and wallets of thousands of gullible folks
over the years. He even fudges regarding a lawsuit where he sued
the government; he said he won. (Well, no. He didn't. Wikipedia has a fairly good summary of his legal
troubles over the years, citing numerous sources listed at the
end of the article.)
He also exaggerates other aspects of his troubles.
My friend Julie worked for the promotional company ITV Direct during the infamous "coral calcium raid" that is part
of Trudeau's narrative. She was actually there when the Feds
confiscated the supplement that Trudeau and his buddy were
claiming was a cure for cancer. Contrary to claims Trudeau has made when telling this story, no one was thrown to the ground, she says.
In short, this latest drama-queen video is the same old b.s.
we're accustomed to hearing from Kevin Trudeau. And the whole begging routine -- especially his
offer to perform his magickal one-on-one "energy work"
to remove blockages and whatnot (if you just donate enough money) -- is a real eye-roller. Equally absurd: his claim that he is going to reveal secrets that he has never, ever, ever, ever, ever revealed to anybody, not even the high-level GIN members, not even the Inner Circle members who spent, at minimum, $50,000 or $75,000 for access to his greatness. Seriously, does anyone still believe this crap?
Here's a rundown on the "value" you can expect to get for your donation to The Cause (click to enlarge):
And yet... and yet... I have to slap myself these days because
once in a while I find myself almost feeling sorry for Kevin.
Almost. I am a compassionate fool, when it comes right down to
it. Last night I found a dead mouse under the sink. I was the one
who put out the bait for it. The mouse died by my own hand. And
yet seeing that cute little thing lying there, with its perfect
little pink hands, almost made me cry. Almost. And this happens
every time, as you may know because I know I've written about
this a few times before. But I've killed mice before, and although it never brings me joy and always makes me sad, I will no doubt kill them again.
Kevin Trudeau is no hapless mouse under the kitchen sink, and no one (that I know of) is trying to kill him. He is
egotistical, arrogant, eternally duplicitous, possibly a sociopath, and certainly a
serial scammer, who brought his troubles on himself. As my pal
Tim wrote on a Facebook discussion:
What surprises me is that kt doesn't
just settle with the FTC and carry on with his scams. GIN was
able to bring in close to 100 million, I believe kt could
have settled for 10 - 15 of that somewhere along the line. He
could also have set up a reasonable payment plan and
continued to suck GIN dry with payments to the FTC. Instead
he is exposing his money shelters all over the world and
making it more difficult for him to get future scams off the
And yet, somehow, the thought of Kevin wasting away the rest of
his days in a prison cell -- a remote possibility, I still think,
but a possibility nonetheless -- doesn't bring me joy. You won't hear me making jokes about him sharing a cell with Bubba. (I
think such jokes are disgusting, unless we're dealing with
violent criminals such as murderers, rapists, and sexual predators. I've said before and I'll say again that I find it
utterly revolting to read Loony Coldwell's remarks about Trudeau
in the arms of Bubba (or "Babba," as he sometimes
spells it), when if anyone belongs in or under a Bubba cell, it's...well,
Even before the criminal trial commences in November, Kevin
risks being thrown in jail, at least for a while, for possibly
violating the terms of the receivership agreement. I wrote about that yesterday (and also linked to two
recent (September 16, 2013) court documents concerning this
Looking at Katie's latest video, and seeing and hearing him beg
(whether sincerely or not), I can't help thinking of the lyrics
to the chorus of Leonard Cohen's early 1970s tune, "Dress Rehearsal
Rag." Kevin may not have hit
bottom yet, and he may never do so -- he may yet find that safety
net of enablers who come forward at the eleventh hour -- but it
does seem, these days, that he is on his way down.
And it has been a long, long way.
Labels: Kevin Trudeau, Kevin Trudeau court cases, Kevin Trudeau legal troubles, Kevin Trudeau video
Kevin Trudeau: the receiver finds some plunder Down Under, FTC not pleased, nudges judge to jail Katie
This past Friday (September 13, 2013), I
reported on the September 12 response by serial scammer Kevin
Trudeau's lawyers to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) motion for a modification of the
August 7 receivership order. The FTC wanted the court to take
Kevin's modest (by his standards) monthly living allowance away
unless he gets a real job and earns his keep. Kevin's attorneys
lamented that Katie is just a poor boy and he needs that
allowance, darn it, and besides, he is unemployable because he's a convicted felon and all that. Here's the scoop on that, if you need to catch up. (That post also contains links, at the end, to all of my previous posts on Trudeau.)
Today, September 16, was the day that the FTC's reply to
Trudeau's lawyers' response was due. And boy, did the FTC give the court an earful (or an
eyeful). They are not-so-subtly nudging
the judge to throw Katie in jail for, among other things, the
fact that Katie has an account in Australia that he forgot to
disclose to the receiver. Oops!
(As it happens, he did mention its existence to
the FTC back in January 2013, but gave no information beyond
that; see PS below. At best his handling of the account in re the
Feds and the receiver seems like a fib by omission.)
I'm not all that surprised by the assets Down Under. Katie has
roots in Oz, having done business there with, among others, the
late lamented Rene Rivkin. They were good buddies before Rivkin
killed himself in 2005. I have a half-finished blog post about
that very topic. I need to finish it.
Anyway. Katie has not exactly been living like a poor boy since
his assets were frozen. In fact, he has been living large.
According to today's document:
As the Court will recall, on July 26,
the Court sternly warned Trudeau regarding what would happen
if he did not comply with the receivership and asset freeze.
As the Court put it, 'I would be absolutely within reason and
the law and the facts of this case to incarcerate [you]
today,' PXA:3 at 30:20-22, but the Court wanted to give
Trudeau a chance to cooperate with a receivership. However,
if that 'doesn’t work,' then incarceration 'will be the
next thing that happens.' Id. at 31:8. As the Court explained
to Trudeau, 'instead of putting you in prison, or
incarcerating you, I’m giving you the key to open that
[jailhouse] door. I’m giving you the key to keep you out of
that door. And it’s the last time I am going to do that.'
Id. at 40:17-20.
Grouses the FTC, "The Australian account
is almost certainly not the only source of funds that Trudeau is
using to maintain his lifestyle. It is merely the only one for
which the Receiver has obtained statements thus far."
The next day, July 27, Trudeau spent $185 at the Dalia Salon
& Spa in Hinsdale. See PXA:2 at 3; see also
www.salon-spadalia dot com. And the following day (July 28),
Trudeau spent $357.21 at Whole Foods in Hinsdale, $559.52 on
cigars in Westmont, and transferred 20,000 Australian dollars
(approximately $18,642) from his Australian account to an
It should be noted that the receivership order did not go into effect until August 7, and some of Katie's livin'-large expenditures were incurred before then. Even so, his assets were technically frozen on July 26, so...
At any rate, here is what the FTC wants:
Although the Court may elect to
incarcerate Trudeau now (and the FTC reserves the right to
seek such relief in the future), the FTC asks the Court to:
All righty, then! There are numerous other
tidbits in that document. We learn, among other things, that
Kevin's lovely bride Nataliya Babenko has returned to Ukraine
(footnote 6, page 5 of document 749). I am crushed, for I had
such high hopes for that marriage. If a serial scammer and his
young mail-order bride can't make a go of a marriage, is there
any hope for the rest of us? The FTC makes note of this because
the formerly approved allowance for Katie was for two adults, one
of whom was presumably his wife. But now she's no longer living
with him (and actually has not been for months), so the FTC is also suggesting that his paltry allowance should be made even more paltry.
(1) modify the Writ Ne Exeat (June 25, 2013) (DE699) to
prevent Trudeau from leaving the Northern District of
Illinois until he: (A) repays everything he spent in
violation of the Court’s orders ($8,679.43);7 (B) disgorges
the remaining balance in his Australian bank account to the
Receiver; and (C) provides the $18,642 that he transferred
from that account on July 28 to the Receiver; and
(2) modify the Receivership Order to clarify that Trudeau may
only receive money for 'ordinary and necessary' living
expenses from amounts he contributes to the Receivership
Estate through legitimate employment.
So... will Katie finally end up in jail, at least until he can
scare up some money that the FTC and the receiver are satisfied
does not belong to the receivership estate? Or will the judge decide again not to incarcerate Katie, leaving him open to accusations of running a...um... kangaroo court? Stay tuned. Meanwhile, here again is the link to the latest court
documents (also see below).
PS ~ Here is another court document that was filed later on
September 16, 2013. This is the
receiver's supplemental report (Document number 750, and attached
exhibits, comprising Document 750-1). The report covers items
discovered or clarified since the receiver's first monthly report
(September 6, 2013). Some of these exhibits were also attached to
Document 749, linked to above. If you read the document you will
see that the receiver (footnote 2, page 1) says Kevin did
apparently alert the FTC to the existence of the Australian
account back in January of 2013 during his financial disclosures,
but the FTC said they did not have any info beyond that at the
time. Also, after the receiver began the investigation, they
confronted Kevin with questions about the account, and at first
he said he had no access to it, but later he provided access.
Kevin will probably try to argue that he was NOT concealing the
existence of this account, which technically is true. However, it
also seems that the investigators had to coerce him to give them the
details, and that he lied to them a few times in the process.
Labels: Kevin Trudeau, Kevin Trudeau court cases, Kevin Trudeau in jail
Tune up your violins: Kevin Trudeau's lawyers lament that he is unemployable and the FTC is picking on him
As reported here on September 3, 2013, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been
trying to back serial scammer Kevin Trudeau into an even tighter
corner than they (and the courts) already have him. You may
recall that on August 30, 2013, the FTC filed a motion for a modification in the August
7 receivership order, asking that
Kevin's already modest -- for him, anyway -- living allowance of
less than $5,000 a month be withdrawn unless he gets a real job.
Truly, Katie's lavish lifestyle appeared to be in grave danger
for the first time.
Well, yesterday (September 12), the Trudeau lawyers filed a six-page response to the FTC's motion (Document 748). The
deadline for reply is Monday, September 16. I shared this document on a couple of Facebook forums yesterday evening but wanted to share it with a wider audience.
Reading over this new document, as well as the latest versions of
both the civil and the criminal dockets, I noticed one thing:
First, as of September 12, Kevin still has the same attorneys,
which as you may know is contrary to what the Schadenfreude
twins, Loony Coldwell and his "little brother" Abe
Husein, have been saying for a couple of months now. There has
been some concern that Katie's lawyers would quit because he may
no longer be able to pay them. But so far, it looks as if they
have not quit yet.
This new civil case document is basically about Katie's
attorneys' claim that he really, really is a poor boy now and
deserves the modest allowance previously approved by the court
for his basic and necessary living expenses.
The lawyers argue, among other things, that it is unrealistic to
expect him to get a real job, as he is a convicted felon with
another criminal trial coming up, and employers tend to frown on
that sort of thing. Now, those of us who live in the real world
know that this is not necessarily true. What about all of those
public school districts and churches and day care centers and
nursing homes and hospitals that are always making the evening
news because it has been discovered that a drunken bus driver or
naughty teacher or predatory preacher or evil caretaker or killer
nurse has a rap sheet a mile long, and was hired with no background check? In light of this, you'd think that a simple
scammer should be able to get a decent job somewhere.
My friend Paul on Facebook wrote, "I think the FTC should
hire KT as the building janitor and groundskeeper there and pay
him $50K a year. He would have to work 8 hours a day Monday
through Friday and 6 hours every other Saturday. This would
eliminate the argument from KT's lawyers about him not
realistically being able to get a job because he is a convicted
That doesn't sound like a bad idea at all to me. But as several people have pointed out, Trudeau teaches that you can start a business even if you're flat broke, and he has boasted that he could go anywhere in the US and find a job within 24 hours. So, felon or not, he should have no problem finding gainful employment.
The lawyers also complain that Kevin can't make a living in the
way he is accustomed because he has been forbidden from doing so.
And that is just so cruel. Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly,
scammers gotta scam.
The lawyers lament that he can't even get government benefits,
such as unemployment benefits, because he is not entitled to
them, since most of his income was earned overseas (more on that
in a little while).
In short, they say the FTC is just picking on poor Katie and
punishing him unnecessarily.
The violins are playing, but I am still not weeping for him.
The lawyers actually do make some logical (legal) arguments to
back up their claims. But still I find that no tears come when I
think of Katie having to get a job. An ex-GIN pal of mine writes,
"I don't see KT as a victim here personally. Remember in Your
Wish Is Your Command teachings, everything that happens in
your life, you create. You get an accident, you created it; you
get fired from your job, you created it -- which personally think
is hogwash --[but] Kt created this mess. It's time he starts
walking the walk instead of acting the victim. Goes to show Kt
does not practice what he preaches."
And isn't that so often the story with the scammers of Scamworld?
* * * * *
As usual when a new Katie court document emerges, we're hearing
distortions and exaggerations from the Loony C and Little Buddy
camp. Earlier this morning Abe had this to say on Facebook:
LMFAO!!!!! GIN UPDATE!! KY is now asking the court for
government benefits such as welfare! He is beyond desperate
at this point. The new video that he made (illegally) a few
days ago was talking about how he is holding a fundraiser in
Washington. He is offering level 7 "training" for
only $1,000. But that money wouldn't go to GIN, it would go
directly to him, which is of course is against the court
order. Who in their right mind would still follow such a low
life loser like KY?? Only truly brain dead zombies who want
to go to the poor house with them. I can see it now, the next
GIN seminar, "How to obtain government benefits".
Loony Coldwell responded with a comment that if
the D.C. GIN Family Reunion happens, "we will sue the
receiver and the FTC." Loony is on a roll now with his
lawsuits; he claims that he is initiating a class action lawsuit
against GIN/KT, and that so far he has over 200 people wanting to
join it. He says the law firm of Merritt Webb will probably be handling it. Knowing Loony's history
of lawsuit claims, including the class action lawsuit he was
supposedly going to file against GIN/KT back in May of 2012, I'll
believe that when I see it.
I'll grant that it would be more than a little humorous
if Katie had been trying to get welfare benefits. After
all, he has been known to gripe about "entitlement"
programs and people who are on the dole. I remember one notoriously racist example from June 2011
-- an example that made it to this Whirled.
But to tell the truth, I have not seen any indication so far that
Katie has been asking the courts for welfare. The monthly
allowance that the court has already approved (and that the FTC
doesn't want to let stand) is not welfare. You may agree
with the FTC that he doesn't deserve that money unless he gets a
job, but technically it's not welfare. In fact, the only
reference I have seen to government benefits in conjunction with
Katie was a passing mention on the latest court document, on page
3. It was lumped in with the lamentation about Katie's
unemployability and the infeasibility of third-party assistance.
Here's that paragraph, in its entirety (bolding
Now, if more documents emerge that indicate
Trudeau really has been trying in earnest to get "government
benefits," then I will grab the docs if I can, and I will amend this
post. But for now, it appears that the welfare claims are just more
irritating background noise from Loony and his little bro. (In fact, Abe was obviously spoon-fed his "information" from Loony, who wrote this on Abe's wall very late Thursday evening September 12, several hours after I had shared the document on a publicly viewable forum on Facebook:)
The FTC claims that Trudeau must either obtain
other employment or rely on the generosity of friends and
family members to provide for his living expenses. This is
disingenuous. Because Trudeau is a convicted felon, with a
criminal trial pending, it would be nearly impossible for him
to find employment elsewhere. Moreover, Trudeau cannot simply
rely on the generosity of others to pay for his personal
living expenses, because any monies given to him by third
parties must be turned over to the Receiver. See (D.E. 742 at
8-9.) Nor can Trudeau rely on government
benefits to pay for his basic living expenses because his
income has been earned overseas. For example, Trudeau would
not qualify for unemployment benefits in Illinois. See 820
ILCS 405 et seq. The FTC is aware of these stark realities,
but seeks to deny Trudeau the payment of ordinary and
necessary living expenses purely out of its unrelenting
desire to punish Trudeau.
Loony just pulled that "food stamps"
speculation out of his behind, which is where much of his
What about some of the other issues? A pro-GIN Facebook pal of
mine noted that the footnote on page 1 of the latest doc was
1 In light of the Receiver’s first report (D.E. 747) it is becoming increasingly clear that there is
no pot of gold waiting at the end of the rainbow for the FTC
– there simply are no significant assets controlled by
Trudeau that can be used to pay down the $37 million judgment
One point to remember is that, as noted above,
this latest court document was produced by Kevin's lawyers in
response to the FTC's motion for a modification in the
receivership order. As such, the lawyers are certainly going to
do their best to present the FTC as bullies and their client as a
poor guy who is just struggling to do the right thing. Some may
argue that the facts laid out in the document speak for
themselves, but let's face it: the lawyers are putting a
bit of a dramatic spin on it, IMO, as lawyers often do
(including, for their part, the FTC lawyers).
I think that the Trudeau attorneys' slightly snarky "no pot
of gold" remark was a little misleading, especially since
they cited the receiver's initial report
to back their claim, and the receiver has really only just begun
digging. I realize that according to the report, no significant assets have been
found so far, but presumably the forensic investigators are just warming
That ex-GIN friend of mine I quoted above shared an oft-expressed sentiment when he
wrote, "Trust me, Kt has income coming in, cash hidden away,
and he could cash in some gold jewelry, etc. Plus I have a
feeling diehard GIN members are handing him cash." (Which is
presumably contrary to the receivership order, and thus illegal,
but you never know.)
My friend added, "If [Neo-Tech head] Mark Scamilton made 10 million-plus in GIN commissions
alone between 2009 and 2013, Kt made at
least twice that last four years -- so where is it? Not to
mention he sold how many Natural Cures books?"
Well, that's what the receiver is trying to find out now. It's
possible that a lot of that filthy lucre has already been
squandered on Katie's notorious Bentleys-and-pricey-cigars lifestyle, not to mention the fancy digs in Zurich, and Katie's wife's lingerie fund. If the receiver ultimately fails to find
significant assets to pay the FTC fine, this will either indicate
that Trudeau and his co-conspirator Marc Lane were too clever
even for the Feds, and Kevin has assets that are safely out of the government's reach (a
prospect that will have his fans cheering)... or it will indicate
that Kevin is not, after all, the billionaire he has led his fans
to believe he is. It may emerge that while he seems to be great
at making money and spending money and getting others to spend
money on his schemes, he is not so great at keeping it.
So, despite what many of his fans seem to think, Katie does not
appear to be the best role model for success, at least if one's
definition of success includes financial responsibility. Granted,
not all of these points are directly relevant to the court cases,
but they are still important for the fans and followers and
potential customers of Kevin Trudeau to consider.
As I noted above, for better or for worse, the FTC, the receiver,
and the judge who appointed the receiver and approved that
receivership order have Kevin backed into a pretty tight corner
now -- and it is abundantly clear that the FTC wants to make it
even tighter. We all may have differing opinions as to whether
this is justice (in either the legal or poetic sense), or a
travesty of justice, but the fact of the receivership seems clear
enough, and there's a lot of talk about whether or not the Global
Information Network (GIN) leadership is being completely honest
with the membership about what is happening.
* * * * *
Regarding the government's and the courts' treatment of Trudeau,
I don't think it's all that black-and-white, as you probably know
by now. But I do think that Kevin's nearly lifelong history as a
hustler and scammer has influenced the FTC's actions and the
court's decisions thus far; how could it not? And I definitely
think that consumers need to be aware of Trudeau's history,
because he has not reformed; he has continued to scam, and
apparently his scams have hurt many people.
You should know, however, that in the criminal contempt case,
which is set to go to trial November 4, Trudeau's lawyers filed a
pre-trial motion to keep all of that "history" and
several other issues from being argued or presented before the
jury. Given the possiblity of a life prison sentence, that seems
fair enough. But on the other side of that are the numerous
motions filed by the government to keep all of Kevin's own
standard defenses and arguments from being presented before the
jury. Moreover, the government does not want the jury to be told
of the potential penalty that the judge -- not the jury -- will
impose if the jury finds him guilty of criminal contempt. (Don't
hate me for possibly misplaced compassion, but that
actually bothers me a little.)
At any rate, we also have to keep in mind that these
controversial court cases are not about GIN, although GIN and its
remaining members are affected by the restrictions currently
placed on KT in the civil case. Some say the court and receiver
are hurting all of the GIN members as well as Kevin Trudeau, and to counter this, they are coordinating
ill-advised campaigns to let the receiver know exactly how they
feel. I think these GIN defenders' energies would be better put
towards asking themselves this: Have they been hurt more by the
court's recent actions, or by their fearless leader's schemes and
manipulations and his constant attempts to clean out their
That is really the core issue that they -- and not the courts --
must decide, no matter how the court cases are resolved.
I won't deny that there are several grounds on which to criticize
the FTC -- not just for the Trudeau cases but also for the way
they have handled (or failed to handle) other cases. But this
does not change my personal opinion that Kevin Trudeau is a
serial scammer, and GIN is a scam.
And let's not even get into
the B-list scammers whose careers Kevin has nurtured and enabled
through GIN. We'll leave some of those -- such as Peter Ragnar,
aka Peter Lundell (I know, I've been promising that for
well over a year), and the notorious Eli Rook, aka Dylan Benjamin
-- for future posts.
P.S. The only new item on the criminal docket
is an entry made September 9, saying that the responses to the
aforementioned pre-trial motions (filed on September 6) are due
September 23, and replies are due September 30.
More True-dough on this Whirled:
- September 2013: Ex-Trudeau buddy Loony Leonard Coldwell accuses
court-appointed receiver of criminal activity
- September 2013: Neo-stinker Mark Scamilton cleaned up in GIN --
everyone else, not so much
- September 2013: Kevin Trudeau's opulent lifestyle in danger
(maybe), while the Scamworld Express chugs along
- August 2013: Man made famous by Kevin Trudeau tells you how
to cure aging, death, tumors, herpes, and ugliness
- August 2013: Kevin Trudeau smacked around again by ABC, while
Loony Lenny & Captain Winky sell speed
- August 2013: Kevin Trudeau: things heat up as criminal trial
- July 2013: No cage for Katie (sorry, Lenny)
- July 2013: Leonard Coldwell and Kevin Trudeau: love and
marriage and pots and kettles
- July 2013: Kevin Trudeau asks court to let him go to
Zurich, FTC sez no, judge sez no too
- July 2013: Kevin Trudeau: The FTC is really, really mad
- July 2013: Kevin Trudeau: Gone fishing? Or something...
- July 2013: Kevin Trudeau: Rumors, lies, and SNAG support
- June 2013: The Health Ranger: another phony hero in the
fight against Scamworld?
- June 2013: Kevin Trudeau in court again: Something big...
something really big!... or maybe not
- June 2013: Kevin Trudeau and justice: muddy waters
- May 2013: ABC has fun with Kevin Trudeau, and life goes on
- May 2013: ABC tackles Kevin Trudeau -- again!
- May 2013: Kevie goes a-courtin': pleading the Fifth
- May 2013: Kevin Trudeau: Justice...or just more paper
- May 2013: Kevin Trudeau: Countdown to court date (or not)
- May 2013: Kevin Trudeau + Mark Hamilton = GIN with a twist
- April 2013: Bankruptcy: GIN members await Level 7 while
Kevin Trudeau files Chapter 7
- March 2013: Ryan Kath at KSHB-TV does Trudeau/GIN update,
Coldwell & Wink continue to scam with cheap imitation
- February 2013: Kevin Trudeau's GIN: The sky is falling
- February 2013: Loony Coldwell: Cheesy video and bad spelling
- February 2013: IBMS Master's Society Supreme Loony Coldwell
- February 2013: Faux heroes and hypocrisy in action
- February 2013: Meet the new scam, same as the old scam, Part 2
- January 2013: Vital signs: "Immortal" (former)
breatharian Mony Vital dies on GIN cruise
- January 2013: Meet the new scam, same as the old scam, Part 1
- December 2012: 2012 ~ The Whirled goes on
- November 2012: Kevin Trudeau: justice delayed...again
- November 2012: Kevin Trudeau exposé on KSHB-TV: buzz,
backlash, and big beginnings
- November 2012: Alien nation: just how crazy is Kevin Trudeau
(not to mention his sheeple)?
- November 2012: Kevin Trudeau: KSHB-TV undercover investigation
- November 2012: Kevin Trudeau gets some more mainstream lovin'
- October 2012: Evil has not won
- October 2012: Kevin Trudeau: Rats in our heads, GIN down the
toilet...and life goes on
- October 2012: Kevin Trudeau: The shape of things to come?
- September 2012: Leonard Coldwell and Fred Van Liew: Pot, meet
- August 2012: Truth is better than GIN any day
- July 2012: Drunk on GIN, and you can too!
- July 2012: Kevin Trudeau's GIN: part of the big sick
- July 2012: Independence Daze
- May 2012 (updated September 2012): Paging Dr. C: Bernd bridges in Deutschland?
- May 2012: Can alien DNA save Kevin Trudeau's GIN?
- May 2012: Does a canary with a GIN hangover sing as
- April 2012: Viva Lost Wages: Sin City Become GIN City for a
- February 2012: A. Rose by any other name would shill as sweet
- December 2011: True-dough updates: Bad poetry for KT, hate mail
- November 2011: A jumpsuit for Jimmy
- August 2011: First Amendment Stuporhero
- August 2011: Everything old is Nouveau again (or, Neo-scam by
any other name) -- Part 2 of 2
- August 2011: Calling all lazy men: let's build a pyramid
- August 2011: Everything old is Nouveau again (or, Neo-scam by
any other name), Part 1 of 2
- June 2011: Holy Guacamole! True-dough's racist rants
- June 2011: For he's a jolly good felon: True-dough speaks
out for Death Ray
- December 2009 (amended several times in
2010): Illuminutty: the secret brotherhood of the
- November 2009: How to take over the world
- July 2009: Horse farts and related matters
- January 2009: Mr. Fire meets up with true dough
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