CHICAGO (WLS) — A man described as a Chicago con artist, con artist and ex-con is back in legal trouble, just months after being released from federal prison.
Federal authorities said they are still unsure of the true amount of dough this Chicago weight loss infomercial king actually has and they want to re-incarcerate him because he still owes so many millions to the government.
However, Kevin Trudeau remains free as a US judge orders him to come up with some financial answers.
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“Where are you going,” Trudeau yelled as his rental car apparently turned away outside the Dirksen Federal Courthouse this afternoon.
Trudeau isn’t going anywhere after a federal judge ordered him to stay in the Chicago area, even though he wants to travel the world for business.
Trudeau is still on probation after serving eight years of a 10-year sentence for criminal contempt after he continued to make fraudulent weight-loss claims in his infomercials.
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The Federal Trade Commission asked Judge Robert Gettleman to block Trudeau. FTC lawyers cited $30 million of Trudeau’s money as allegedly unaccounted for, even as they say the convicted fraudster still owes a portion of a $37 million federal judgment, despite Trudeau’s claims that he paid it all .
Trudeau’s ex-wife, Natasha Babenko, voluntarily turned over documents from their Oak Brook mansion and from Zurich, Switzerland, to the FTC that she claims provide new information about where Trudeau has assets overseas.
She was deposed by FTC lawyers who said she told them that when she traveled to Trudeau’s home in Zurich, she saw gold bars and massive amounts of jewelry.
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When he was living the very high life, Chicago’s weight loss infomercial king didn’t have to worry about getting a ride because he had his own Bentley.
Judge Gettleman has other questions for Trudeau, particularly why he didn’t report to the judge when he was released from prison this year.
Trudeau is due back in court a week from Wednesday and has an FTC statement on December 9.
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