Kevin Trudeau is a longtime TV pitchman famous for selling the public secrets that "THEY" don't want you to know. For example, THEY don't want you to know that Kevin Trudeau is a fraud who is now in jail.

A judge in Chicago yesterday jailed Trudeau for contempt for lying about the contents of his weight loss book. Like what? From the Chicago Tribune:

The controversy surrounding Trudeau's hit book, "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About," has raged since 2004 when the FTC imposed a consent decree banning Trudeau from misrepresenting its contents. Regulators said he violated the order a few years later with infomercials claiming the book was filled with "easy" techniques when it actually called for prescription injections of a hormone found only in pregnant women, a month of colon hydrotherapy and a 500-calorie-per-day diet regimen.

We can only hope that this marks the beginning of a prosecutorial effort which will leave most diet book authors and TV pitchmen in jail.

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The paper notes that one of the fans of the professional con artist "likened Trudeau to South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela." What THEY don't want you to know: they are alike in the sense that both of them have spent time in jail. That's about it.

Remember, desperate unhealthy Americans: the best things in life are free.