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TV pitchman Trudeau guilty of making false diet claims

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A federal jury deliberated less than 45 minutes Tuesday before finding the informercial king Kevin Trudeau guilty of criminal contempt, the Sun-Times is reporting.

Trudeau, 50, of Oak Brook, was found guilty of violating a 2004 court order that banned him from misrepresenting his best-selling diet book, "The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About," on TV informercials.

The 50-year-old showed little emotion when he was convicted Tuesday in federal court in Chicago. He could face years in prison.

The core dispute revolved around dramatic claims in Trudeau's TV infomercials, including that people who followed the diet in the book could eventually eat anything they wanted without gaining weight.

Prosecutor Marc Krickbaum said Trudeau knew such claims contradicted his book, but he lied to sell more books.

Trudeau's lawyer Thomas Kirsch had argued that prosecutors failed to prove their case, noting they called just two witnesses.

In a related civil case, he's been ordered to pay a $37 million judgment.

The Associated Press and Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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