Television pitchman Kevin Trudeau is headed to prison
March 18, 2014 -- Updated 1857 GMT (0257 HKT)
- Kevin Trudeau was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Monday
- The TV pitchman and author was convicted by a jury in 2013
- Trudeau was found guilty of misrepresenting his weight-loss books
- Prosecutors called Trudeau an "uncontrollable huckster"
(CNN) -- Kevin Trudeau, the television pitchman and author who amassed a fortune telling consumers his secrets about how to get free money, how to lose weight and how to cure a number of illnesses the natural way, is headed to federal prison.
Trudeau, 51, was sentenced to 10 years on Monday for criminal contempt for violating a 2004 federal court order that prohibited him from making misleading infomercials and misrepresenting his weight-loss books.
During Monday's sentencing hearing he also got a tongue-lashing from U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago.
"Since the age of 25, (Trudeau) has attempted to cheat others for his own personal gain," Guzman said.
In a sentencing memo, prosecutors called Trudeau an "unrepentant, untiring, and uncontrollable huckster who has defrauded the unsuspecting for 30 years."
Trudeau was convicted of criminal contempt by a jury in November 2013 and has been in federal custody since his conviction.
Evidence was presented at his trial that Trudeau appeared in three infomercials in 2006 and 2007, and in those infomercials he misrepresented the contents of one of his weight-loss books.
The U.S. attorney said those infomercials were not only untrue, but they violated the 2004 court order that prohibited the infomercials.
According to his book covers, several of his books have been number one on the New York Times bestseller list.
Trudeau's defense attorney, Tom Kirsch, told CNN on Monday night that his client intends to file a notice of appeal in the case.
2010: Trudeau in contempt of court
CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report
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