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TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau bound for jail...again

9:15 AM, Oct 22, 2013   |    comments
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CHICAGO (AP) - A television pitchman accused of misleading viewers about his weight-loss books during late-night infomercials is bound for jail again for failing to pay a $37 million civil judgment.

The federal judge overseeing Kevin Trudeau's case ruled recently that U.S. Marshals would take the 50-year-old into custody following a Tuesday status hearing.

Trudeau insists he's penniless. But Judge Robert Gettleman has agreed with Federal Trade Commission lawyers who say Trudeau hasn't fully disclosed his global assets.

Trudeau spent a night in jail last month after a similar round of arguments.

The partial government shutdown provided Trudeau a brief reprieve. When it looked likely that he'd be jailed early this month, FTC lawyers asked for a delay in proceedings. They cited the shutdown and said they weren't getting paid.

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