It didn’t take a jury long to decide that Kevin Trudeau was guilty.
Just 45 minutes of deliberation was enough for jurors to convict Trudeau of lying about what he called a weight-loss cure.
In his television infomercials and ads Trudeau said his book called The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About claimed to be able to tell anyone how to lose weight while eating anything you wanted to.
Instead, the directions in the book told readers to eat just 500 calories a day and recommended taking prescription hormones.
To be clear, it isn’t what the book says that got Trudeau in hot water, it was his TV claims.
“If he had said what was truly in the book, he would have sold a lot fewer books," a prosecutor said in court. "That’s why he chose to lie about it.”
In response, Trudeau's attorney claimed the information was fine and said prosecutors “just didn't understand advertising.”
Trudeau was taken into custody as soon as the judgment was passed but the amount of time the pitchman will spend in the slam isn’t known but reports from the Chicago Sun-Times say Trudeau might get a life sentence.