Judge to Keep ‘Tight Leash’ on Trudeau25 Sep, 2013 By: Doug McPherson
CHICAGO – On September 18, U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman sent infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau to jail for violating court orders to stop his exorbitant spending and pay a $37 million fine. On September 19, the same judge set him free again.
But Gettleman said he’ll keep Trudeau on “a very tight leash” and that if he doesn’t explain just how rich he is, he’ll be back in jail this week. Trudeau hasn’t commented publicly on the matter.
For the past five years, Trudeau has failed to pay any of the $37 million Gettleman fined him for flouting a court-ordered ban on making false claims in his diet book infomercials.
Trudeau has maintained he’s broke and can’t afford to pay the fine. But when the judge learned Trudeau went on a spending spree that included two $180 Vidal Sassoon haircuts and $920 worth of cigars just days after he’d been ordered to limit his spending to necessities last month, he jailed Trudeau.
Trudeau then appeared in court the next day wearing an orange jumpsuit and matching slip-on sneakers, pleading for freedom and saying he’d be “100 percent” cooperative.
“I am penniless. I am homeless. I surrender. I am at your mercy,” Trudeau told the court. “I will do anything you ask.”
Gettleman is giving the pitchman one week to convince him he’s truthfully disclosing his assets. Gettleman said if Trudeau doesn’t cooperate fully, he’d be back in jail “wearing the same color.”
Trudeau’s next court appearance is scheduled for this week.
Trudeau met with a court-appointed receiver last week for three hours while in jail to discuss the amount of his assets. The receiver, Kenton Johnson, the executive vice president of Robb Evans and Associates, told the court that he had “concerns about some of the content we received” from Trudeau and that he found his lack of detail and memory “questionable and troubling.”