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Infomercial Pitchman Found in Contempt of Court

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has found author and infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau in contempt of court for failing to pay a more than $37 million fine.

Friday's ruling was the latest round in a 10-year legal battle that began with a suit filed by the Federal Trade Commission.  The regulatory agency alleged some of Trudeau's informercials included false and misleading statements about his books on losing weight.

A judge agreed and in 2007 fined Trudeau for violating an order to stop airing the ads.

On Friday, Judge Robert Gettleman said Trudeau failed to pay and ordered him to transfer ownership of companies and financial accounts to a court-appointed receiver.  Trudeau's attorney, Kimball Anderson, said his client wants to cooperate but does not own the companies and does not have the money.

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