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Infomercial king Trudeau back in jail over hidden money

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Infomercial king Kevin Trudeau was back in federal custody Tuesday after a judge said he still thinks the silver-tongued convicted fraudster is hiding his loot from the court.

"I just don't believe that Mr. Trudeau doesn't know where these assets are," U.S. Judge Robert Gettleman said as he ordered Trudeau held for at least two nights in the downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center.

The judge's order came at the end of a fractious hearing at which Trudeau gave a lengthy speech in which he again insisted he is broke and can't pay the $38 million fine Gettleman imposed more than five years ago for flouting a ban on making false claims in his diet book informercials.

"If I'm incarcerated tonight my question is what specifically can I do to prove that . . . there are no assets," an indignant Trudeau said, before he was led away by court security officers.

Trudeau's attorney, Kimball Anderson, accused the judge of "screwing up" when he previously found Trudeau in civil contempt for directing his employees to hide assets in his complicated international web of businesses.

But the Federal Trade Commission and a receiver appointed by the court to get to the bottom of Trudeau's complex finances both said that only locking up Trudeau could force him to come clean about his true wealth.

The FTC has battled for years to get Trudeau to pay the fine, which would be shared among consumers who bought his fraudulently advertised book, "The Weight-Loss Cure ‘They' Don't Want You to Know About."

Mocking Trudeau's claims that he can't remember where all of his millions went at Tuesday's hearing, Gettleman noted, "It's kind of interesting that Mr. Trudeau wrote a book about memory," suggesting Trudeau read his own book.

He ordered Trudeau to return to court on Thursday, when he'll hear if any progress has been made.

It's the second time in little over a month that Gettleman has ordered the 50-year-old Oak Brook man locked up for trying to hide his assets from the court.

"I don't really have any alternative," an exasperated Gettleman told Trudeau last week, when he postponed an earlier order to jail Trudeau so that Trudeau could attend a fundraiser for his own legal defense.

Trudeau still faces a criminal trial connected to the claims he made on TV about his diet book.

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