Across the Universe with Cosmic Connie, aka Connie L. Schmidt...or maybe just through the dung-filled streets and murky swamps of pop culture -- more specifically, the New-Age/New-Wage crowd, pop spirituality & religion, pop psychology, self(ish)-help, business babble, media silliness, & related (or occasionally unrelated) matters of consequence. Hope you're wearing boots. (By the way, the "Cosmic" bit in my moniker is IRONIC.)
Kevin Trudeau: GIN sale approved, Katie's in Alabama, still crying poor, and still selling coaching sessions
So it's time for more of the latest news on
caged serial scammer Kevin Trudeau, aka KT, Whirled name Katie. I
would have blogged about all of this yesterday, but that whole Death-Ray-on-the-comeback-trail video thing had me kind of upset. It's important to continue to
keep our focus on the entire context of Scamworld, and James
Arthur Ray is such a huge, horrible, glaring example of that. But
still... there's Katie. And there's his big boondoggle GIN, the
Global Information Network. And the fact that there are no neat
and tidy endings in his or any Scamworld story. So here goes.
GIN sale: Motion granted on 27 May
As expected, the court appointed receiver's motion to sell GIN to a
group of Katie buds, the AXS Investment
Group, was granted on May 27. It seems that GIN, despite the best efforts of the GIN destroyers, will live on. Below is the
notification of docket entry; that's all that's up so far. But I'm sure
the judge's signed, dated order, and possibly other docs, will be
up soon. I will share as soon as I get them.
UPDATE, 30 May, 2014: Judge Gettleman's order approving the sale, which
was signed and filed on May 27, is finally available on PACER (I
did check every day, and now here it is).Word is that the GIN sale was actually finalized yesterday (May
29) and all but three staffers were let go... which is pretty
much as expected. My pal Bernie has details on GINtruth.
I've also heard that the women who work for new GIN co-owner JeffDevine (who months ago had told me he wasn't in the market to buy
GIN) are safe because they are on a different payroll -- Jeff's
company, The Hybrid Group.
Word is that in an effort to get back some of the best ones they
let go, GIN has dangled the carrot of a promise of a job, at
reduced salary and commission-only basis, which is consistent
with the buzz we'd been hearing for months. Reportedly, though,
they can only get their jobs back if they can lure people back
into the club. I don't know if they were given quotas or not, but
in any case I've heard that at least some of the fired staffers
aren't biting, and are actually relieved to be out of the drama.
They are realizing that it is time to start a new chapter in
their lives. I wish them well. I hope they can find good jobs
outside of Scamworld. Despite what some of the GIN principals
have told me, and despite their efforts to convince me that GIN
is just another professional org like thousands of others, in my view GIN is
part of Scamworld, and always will be.
Sweet home Alabama: Katie's new
As you may have heard, Katie has finally been
moved to his new home-for-the-next-decade-or-so. He's now in a federal prison camp in Alabama, FPC Montgomery. You will be delighted to know that it has been rated as THE best prison camp in the United States. "Way to manifest, Kevin!" wrote his proxy on a May 28 Facebook post
(which was met with the usual round of "likes" and
FPC may be cushier than your normal everyday
max-security lockups. But it's still prison.
So now with his big club GIN in control of his loyal buddies, and
Katie staying in a prison camp that's about as good as prison can
be in the U.S., and thousands of fans still adoring him and
thinking he's a hero and a martyr... Well, you know what that
obnoxious Cosmic blogger likes to say: "No neat and tidy
endings." Personally I'm glad he's in a nice place, because
if I'm going to end up in the same cell with him due to my
criminal blogging activities, as Loony Coldwell predicted a few months ago, I'd rather it be a nice place than a not-nice place.
Anyway, if you want to write to Katie, here's his new addy:
Kevin Trudeau -- 18046036
And the poor boy drama continues...
Federal Prison Camp
Maxwell Air Force Base
Montgomery, AL 36112
There's another Katie drama that I have previously mentioned here and
on Facebook, and I thought it was more or less over, but no, it
continues. This has to do with Trudeau's criminal case -- or
rather, the appeal, which is now a separate case, Case no.
14-1869. Ever since his conviction, Katie and his lawyers have
been going back and forth with the courts trying to convince them
that Katie is too poor to afford the $505 filing fee for his
appeal. The court has already denied him the right to waive the
fee, per the government's request; the government has cited all
of the money that Katie has had in his prison account since his
confinement, and has spent.
But Katie -- or rather his law firm Winston & Strawn, who
have said they will now represent him pro bono -- wouldn't give
up, and tried again. They are the ones who were pushing to have
the filing fee waived, and they also wanted to be reimbursed for
their travel expenses and whatnot. At the very least, though,
they want the court to appoint a new lawyer, Christopher M. Bruno, as
counsel of record. (Bruno is with Winston & Strawn and is a
winner of the 2012 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, High Honor Roll.)
Anyway. Here are two of the latest appeals
documents, filed May 21 (the government) and May 23 (Katie's
(Note: this is a Facebook download. If you can't access it
don't worry; here is the Scribd link.)
But... personal coaching from Katie
is still available!
Someone forwarded an email to me announcing that
Katie is still doing in-person or over-the-phone
"coaching" sessions, now for the bargain-basement price
of only $2,000.00 for two hours (formerly $5.000.00 for one
Spots still available for coaching
with Kevin Trudeau
You still have an opportunity to buy a 2-hour coaching
session with KT, either in person or via energy work for
$2,000. This offer has previously been sold for $5,000 for
one hour. It is only being offered to those in our company.
KT is now in Montgomery, Alabama.
Please respond if you are interested or have more questions.
The Secret To Life Coaching
The road goes on forever, and the scamming never
But no worries. TheSecretToLifeCoaching.com still has an active Facebook
You know... no neat and tidy endings.
Addendum 5 June, 2014: My pal Bernie at
GINtruth.com did a
short write-up on a June 3 story about the GIN sale, presented by Emmy Award winning reporter Ryan Kath
(KSHB-TV/41 Action News (Kansas City, Missouri NBC affiliate).
Good for Ryan. As noted on this Whirled a few times, he's one of the few reporters (outside of Katie's
former home base, Chicago) who has kept on this story since he
did his first one in November 2012.
That story even got a positive nod from Salty Droid,
who isn't easily impressed.
Addendum 18 June, 2014: On
June 16, just in the nick of time (he only had until June 20),
the pauper Kevin Trudeau came up with the $505 to pay his filing
fee for his appeal. Whew, close one!
Labels: Coral Thomas, GIN, GIN sale, Global Information Network, Kevin Trudeau, life coaching
Death Ray hones his comeback shtick, while sister of one of his victims pleas to Oprah to break her silence
Looking a bit chunkier than before, and sporting a
scruffy-chic long-haired look, star
of The Secret and convicted killer James Arthur "Death" Ray is honing his comeback shtick (previously covered on
this Whirled here and here). He is exploiting the
hell out of the fact that he served a (much too short) prison
sentence for cooking three people to death in a phony sweat lodge at an October 2009 event in Sedona, Arizona. As he has been doing
almost since it happened, Ray is still framing the deaths of
Kirby Brown, James Shore, and Liz Neuman as HIS tragic story. But now he has turned it into an actual Live Event
dog-and-pony show (no offense to dogs or ponies), promoting the
whole thing as an inspirational tale of how anyone can
successfully battle the slings and arrows and come up smiling (if
a little more red-eyed).
Here is a link to the promo clip; nausea advisory in effect.
"Let me tell you...how much labels DON'T mean
anything," he says in a croaking, fake-heartfelt voice
towards the beginning of the clip. What about labels like
"KILLER who served a ridiculously short sentence and is hot
on the comeback trail?" This is disgusting, of course, but
not unexpected. Once again...
No Neat and Tidy Endings.
Here is another perspective, published yesterday (May
27, 2014) by Jean Brown Allison, the sister of
Kirby Brown, one of the three Death Lodge victims. Jean takes
Oprah Winfrey -- a big promoter of The Secret and its
"stars" -- to task for Oprah's roaring
four-and-a-half-year silence about the tragedy in Sedona.
You helped make this sham of a man what
he was. In fact, it was after seeing him on your show that my
sister, Kirby Brown, read “The Secret” and became a fan
of James Ray. I remember, when we were together for my
wedding at my parents’ house in July 2009–3 months before
she’d die of heat stroke in a plastic tent in Arizona–I
remember Kirby telling me that I had to read this book, that
it was amazing, that James Ray was amazing, that he’d been
on Oprah, that she was looking forward to the Ray event she’d
be attending a few months later… That’s right. She
mentioned YOU by name.
Why am I getting on this, nearly five years later?
James Ray is out of prison and has quickly jumped right back
into the self-help world. He is positioning himself as a man
who has seen the greatest heights, and then fallen to the
greatest lows, and is now climbing his way back up. He is
telling/selling the story of how life has been so hard on
him, and how these challenges are what make him the man who
can help others. He is selling this story of a tragedy that
happened to HIM, just like days after the deaths when he
called our house and told my mother that this was the worst
thing that had happened to HIM and he was sorry that it had
But it does not appear that he has learned anything. He talks
of the deaths of my sister and the other victims in Sedona
as an “accident,” saying nothing of his role in what
transpired. It’s the same tack he took right after the
incident, passing blame to others, or worse, trying to
spin the deaths as something that was meant to happen,
something that the victims brought upon themselves...
Jean follows by mentioning SEEKSafely.org,
the organization founded by Kirby and Jean's parents, Ginny and
George Brown. I've written about it a
few times, including here. One of the
first things Seek Safely did was to create the Seek Safely Promise, a
simple document that encouraged self-help leaders to agree to
basic principles and practices to ensure the safety and dignity
of participants in their events.
As of this writing, 34 have signed the Promise (pretty much all
of them are B- and C-listers at best):
And 167 have not signed it (including all of the A-listers who
were approached -- and that includes Oprah):
Are you surprised? Me neither.
But I applaud the Browns for their efforts, and I will continue
to support and promote those efforts. Apropos of that, the
organization will be holding a summit in Sedona on June 6, 2014; click here for more info.
My pal Salty Droid, who has been much too quiet lately, wrote
a blog post last week about the word "retarded" and his
decision to stop using that word. This
is relevant here because, of all the bloggers in the blogosphere
(and all the media on the Interwebz, for that matter), Salty has,
in my opinion, provided the best James Ray coverage over the past
four and a half years. In his May 22 post he mentioned, and
linked to, the Seek Safely Promise.
But I’m the one who’s learned the big lesson here ::
primarily … that making progress is really … really …
really … super duper fucking hard. You think just because
you’ve noticed something terribly wrong with the world ::
and pointed at it with bells on … that people will care and
shit will change. But it ain’t like that at all. People
mostly care about themselves … and inertia is a belligerent
I don’t think eliminating words is
the right way to earn #respect for kids with disabilities.
Just like I don’t think trying to get cartels of
intentionally vicious manipulators to sign the SEEK Safely Promise is the right way to get self-help reform.
But what the hell do I know? Almost
nothing. My bright idea was insane-a-tron fake robot asshole
… not exactly a catchall solution.
There is no right way to do the
impossible :: there’s only trying … and I can
sympathize/relate to anyone attempting to accomplish a hard
thing against long odds.
Just do :: something … anything.
Yeah, what Salty said. Just do something....
anything. One thing you can do is to keep an eye on James Arthur
Ray. Watch for any organizations that book him as a keynote
speaker, and/or might be promoting him in any way. And if you see
that Ray is being showcased somewhere, say something to the
promoters. Call them on it. They might not care, but if they
don't, you can publicize that. Write emails, notify the
media, stage protests if you're so moved.
Ray may very well try to go it on his own and hold solo events,
with no other scammers and psychopaths involved. But no Scamworld
guru is an island; there's a lot of cross-promotion in Scamworld.
For instance, I've written numerous times on this blog about the
promotional relationship between now-jailed serial scammer Kevin
Trudeau and James Ray -- here and here, for starters. (I have commemorated it pictorially as well.) If you don't feel like following those links, here's
a recap: Trudeau defended Ray on his radio show a few years ago,
and later, while Ray was in prison for killing people, his
organization was busily promoting Your Wish Is Your Command,
the 14-CD upsell for Katie's Global Information Network (GIN).
In addition, for quite a while, some of Ray's products were being
sold in the GIN Store. There's a bit of discussion about that here.
And since Ray got out of prison, Trudeau's former marketing guy,
Peter Wink, who now has a GIN ripoff of his own (in
partnership with one of this Whirled's least favorite lunatics, Mocktor Lenny Coldwell),
apparently made overtures to Ray. I've mentioned this before,
but it's worth mentioning again. This is from August 3, 2013.
There are no neat and tidy endings in Scamworld, but I believe
that building awareness is a good and helpful thing to do.
Just do something.
Addendum, 9 June 2014:
Mincing no words, Omri at Glancing Web weighs in re the Death Ray comeback
shtick. Go Omri! (Have I told you
lately how good it is to see that you're still blogging even after Loony C, mistakenly thinking you were Salty
Droid, tried to shut you down?)
Omri lovingly addresses Ray:
… you rapacious swine, you soul
plunderer, you misery merchant, you death dealer, you
sociopath whose narcissism is only equal to his megalomania,
you murderous bastard, you emotionless parasite, you walking
ruination, you Orwellian buffoon, you ignominy of a Homo
sapiens, you uneducated sham, you hellish nothingness, you
cancerous feces and overall a very disagreeable person …
please take your newly dyed mane and go f--k (the only person
whom you’ve ever really loved) yourself.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
And one point really stuck out for me after I saw a June 5, 2014 Facebook post by Connie Joy, author of Tragedy
in Sedona: My Life in James Arthur Ray's Inner Circle. (On the first anniversary of the sweat lodge incident,
I published a rather lengthy post citing this book.) Connie cited the "live mentoring" events
now being advertised on Ray's web site. The point that really got
to me was that Ray's Seattle event will be
held on July 25, 2014 -- the five-year anniversary of Colleen Conaway's death at a Ray event in San Diego. And that's a death
for which he has yet to be held accountable. Somebody in the area
needs to organize a protest.
Labels: exploitation of tragedies, GIN, Global Information Network, James Arthur Ray, Kevin Trudeau, Oprah Winfrey, The Secret
Some Whirled snippets while we're waiting for real news
I've been remiss this month -- only one
May-dated post so far (although several of the April posts have
various May updates, and I have been adding info and links to the
most recent post in the comments section). It's not that it's
been such a slow news month; there's always something on this
beat, even if one of my favorite snargets, the lunatic not-doctor from Germany, has been rather quiet-ish on the Facebooks since he got his Krautsack kicked in court by Salty Droid.
Well, technically, the little Teutonic twerp's civil
defamation case against Salty (who was mistakenly identified in
the legal papers as another
blogger, Omri Shabat at Glancing Web)
was dismissed on April 17, 2014, "for want of
prosecution." That basically means that no one showed up
during the scheduled hearing to argue Loony C's case (the lawyer
who filed the suit, Dennis Kellogg, withdrew from the case fairly early on, which didn't
stop Loony from boasting on Facebook about how he was going to
decimate Salty in court). Anyway, ever
since the dismissal the Loonmeister has been relatively silent;
either that, or he just has all of my peeps blocked so nobody in
my circle can see his manic blathering. But oh, well, there are
plenty of other things to keep me amused.
Ozgate: behind the curtain
Not surprisingly, jailed serial scammer Kevin Trudeau has been one of those diversions, providing rich fodder
even when he presumably wasn't directly involved in the items in
question. One example of something that doesn't overtly have
Kevin's stamp on it, but still seems to be one of those
guilt-by-association things (particularly since, as I noted here
previously, his former asset protection attorney Marc J Lane
seems to be involved) is the animated movie flop, Legends
of Oz: Dorothy's Return. I wrote
about Oz-gate at length on this post, and in the comments. The Katie connection -- apart from possible
(until proven otherwise) Katie connection Marc Lane -- is that
certain members of Katie's big boondoggle, the Global Information
Network, or GIN, were flogging this project to other members as
an "investment opportunity." And as the initial release
date neared, some GINners were boasting that the impressive
amount of money raised for the film was an example of a few
members putting their GIN training to work. Uh-huh.
I guess that could ultimately be true, regarding GIN
"training"; in its less than five years of existence so
far, GIN has taught many people the hard way that liars will tell
any lie in order to get you to give them money. Some of the
screwed "investors" may yet come to embrace Ozgate as a
valuable lesson, while others, no doubt, will stay in denial. For
now, one of the film's executive producers, Greg Centineo, the guy who reportedly got GIN member John King
involved with bilking the GIN rank and file, has been busily rationalizing the floppiness of the
project. And "investors" who
each paid $100,000 or more are embracing the theory that a Hollywood conspiracy
destroyed the film. This fits right in
with the mindset of GIN members, whose willingness to believe all sorts of nutty conspiracy
theories made them easy marks for Trudeau in the first place. There's a lively discussion of the Ozflop on the
800Notes.com web site; the thread has been going on since 2008
and currently has 19 pages. Here's the link to page 1. In
particular, pay attention to the comments on some of the more
recent pages from a person going by the moniker "Legends of
OZ Scam Expert."
GIN is not dead, despite Katie being caged
Meanwhile, the fate of GIN itself seems to be sealed. People have
been speculating about this since long before the court-appointed
receiver took over GIN and other Trudeau assets and business
entities in early August 2013. Self-proclaimed "GIN
destroyers" (bolstered by the likes of the aforementioned
Loony C) have announced the death of GIN and the "final
nail" numerous times, but AXS Investment Group, a small band of investors and
Katie buds with money, earned the
receiver's approval to purchase GIN. Their proposal will be
presented to Judge Robert Gettleman's court this coming Tuesday,
May 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM Central Daylight Time. Although
protestors had a right to file their objections in the court
(that deadline was May 12), the sale is expected to be approved.
And while all of this is going on, Trudeau's proxy continues to
spew bits of inspirational "wisdom" on his
official Facebook fan page. Katie is due to be transferred to a new facility soon, where he will be serving the rest of his ten-year
sentence, but I haven't seen any particulars about this yet. But
at least his parents' home is officially safe; on May 21, Judge
Ronald Guzman finally signed an order to exonerate the bond that had been holding their home hostage since
While we're waiting for news about the GIN sale finalization and
Katie's new address, here are a couple more tidbits to snack on.
A WIN-Wynn situation?
On Sunday evening, May 18, Perry Kiraly, the
executive director of the WIN (World Information Network), one of
the newest GIN ripoffs, sent an excited email to the membership.
Admittedly, Braden is a bigger "name" in the biz than
some of the speakers GIN has been parading around at their recent
pathetic events, such
as the "Family Reunion" in DC in October 2013. But, alas, he is still full of New-Wage crap. In fact I wrote about him years ago; this is from
Dear WIN Members
Wynn Encore Resort in Las Vegas
With keynote speaker: Gregg Braden
thru November 2nd
It wasn’t easy since he was booked solid for the remainder
of 2014 but when WIN asked
Mr. Greg [sic] Braden to be the keynote speaker to
launch its major event on October 31st
he went out of his way to make it happen.
Braden’s biography includes being a New York Times
bestselling author whose works have been publish in 27
languages and 30 countries. The following are some of the
many books/CD’s he has published:
Please click here to read Gregg’s
- The Spontaneous Healing of Belief
- The Divine Matrix
- Deep Truth
- The Turning Point
- The Isaiah Effect, Fractal Time
- Beyond Zero Point
Please click on the following YouTube links to view some of
The Spontaneous Healing of Belief:
The Devine [sic -- unless he's talking about prospective GINvestment group member Jeff Devine ~CC] Matrix
This event will take place at the fabulous Wynn
Encore Resort Hotel in Las Vegas. Click on
this link to view the Resort: http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/
The event package will include:
- 2-night stay in a Wynn/Encore
resort suite (Oct. 31st/Friday
& Nov. 1st/Saturday)
- Keynote speaker Gregg Braden ( on
Friday Oct. 31st /Event
starts at 7 PM)
- Other speakers (to be announced)
on Saturday/Nov. 1st
- An exclusive private banquet/party
for attendees on Saturday evening at the renown Wynn
Resort Nightclub The Tryst
(please click on this link to view): http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/NightClubs/Tryst
addition to WIN Members this event is being made available to
all who wish to attend to accommodate those that follow Gregg
Braden’s work as well as other interested guests. Please
consider also that seating & rooms are limited so this
event is likely to sell out quickly. Register now to reserve
your seat. If you register before May 31, 2014 you will
receive a $100.00 discount on the package price.
You will want to be at this event!
For reservations, questions, and further
details please call: Beverly Weaver (WIN Events & Member
Services) at [redacted].
Thank you and have an excellent day,
Executive Director, World Information Network
At first I wondered what sort of deal WIN was giving him and/or
vice versa. Maybe, I thought, Braden's star is
fading and he is desperate for attention. But then I went
back and looked more closely at Perry's letter and noticed that
bit towards the end, where he said that in addition to WIN
members, the event is being made available to all who wish to
attend, in order to accommodate Gregg's fans and "other
So, obviously, Braden wants to be ensured that he will have an
actual audience that will make the appearance worth his time. In
any event, he seemed to have a fairly long blank spot in his busy
schedule, judging from the listings on his web site. After October 26 and before November 13, he doesn't
really seem to have anything going. So far the WIN/Wynn thing
isn't listed on his page. It kind of looks as if WIN and Gregg
are exaggerating about the momentous nature of this event. I
know, I'm as shocked as you.
Natural Cures is feeling poorly
If you've been following this blog, or for that
matter, the press about Katie, you probably know about his
Natural Cures scampire, and how its creation was sort of a big
turning point for him. Salon.com
published a good article about the phenomenon back in July of
2005, nearly a year before this Whirled
was born. Katie's first Natural Cures book was the tool
used to suck thousands into his sales vortex; it was lauded by
co-creator and marketing strategist Reno R. Rollé as a
breakthrough that "could revolutionize the book publishing
industry." (And yes, I know I've mentioned this before, but sometimes it's good to review.)
It was Reno Rollé who initially urged
Trudeau to combine his extensive experience in infomercials
with the book business. “I suggested he focus less on hard
products, ingestibles, and more on information and
newsletters,” he says. “That way he could find a safe
harbor under First Amendment protections.” They teamed up
to see if, and how, it would work. “No one knew how a book
would behave,” he says. “Initially we treated the book as
just a product that shouldn’t behave differently than a
stomach exerciser or kitchen utensils.” It’s a strategy
that paid off handsomely.
“The infomercial business is very
standardized,” Rollé continues. “You put the product on
TV first to create awareness and sell a large number of ‘units.’
Then, after a period of time, you pull trigger and head out
to retail.” And once a product hits retail, as “Natural
Cures” did just four weeks ago, Rollé says, the industry
standard is to sell two to 10 times as many “units” as
were sold on TV.
See, Kev had already been in trouble with the
Feds for years; he'd been out of prison since 1993 but had gotten
himself into trouble again in short order. Essentially Reno
helped him with strategies that would allow him to keep on
telling lies without getting into more trouble. Ultimately that
didn't work, but Reno apparently jumped out before more serious
troubles began and the Feds really started turning up the heat.
In fact he was Trudeau's CEO for a while, but spins his
resignation from that position as his discovery that Katie was
doing some dodgy things. Somewhere along the way, some of the ill
will Katie is known to attract got stuck to Reno too, and he felt
obligated to defend himself on Ripoff Report. This is an excerpt from his defense, which for some reason was
published in triplicate:
I have never in my life been convicted of a
single crime. I have never partnered with a convicted felon.
And now, as I've noted here before, Reno is a co-producer in a fictionalized film project
about Katie and GIN, The Platinum Bonus. I wonder what sort of fund raising shenanigans are
going on with that project. I wonder if it will ever be
completed, much less released.
I believe the author [of the complaint]
has the false idea that I am some how "partnered" with
Kevin Trudeau. I was employed briefly by Kevin Trudeau as his CEO
and resigned almost immediately. He and I had very different
philosophies with regard to handling his legal challenges with
the US Government. These challenges had NOTHING to do with me and
were the result of actions that occurred prior to my joining his
After resigning as CEO, I stayed on as an INDEPENDENT executive
consultant. I had moved my family across the country. Yes, I was
involved and even co-created Kevin's best selling book but I did
NOT write the book.
But I digress.
One of the bad things the Natural Cures book did,
besides luring the unsuspecting masses into Katie's sales funnel,
was to elevate nut cases like Coldwell -- and for that matter, this guy
-- to prominence, by virtue of Kevin recommending their frauducts
and flopportunities. But it gave me more blog fodder, so there's
that. Although the book was widely panned by reviewers,
real-as-opposed-to-fake health experts, and customers, that
didn't stop Katie from perpetrating a Natural Cures
sequel (without Reno) and numerous other books, all of which were promoted in
infomercials, and one of which, The Weight Loss Cure
"They" Don't Want You To Know About, ultimately landed him in the slammer for civil and
criminal contempt (the ten-year
sentence is for criminal contempt; he still faces a $37.6 million
fine for the civil matter).
The Natural Cures web site thrived for several years. But
now, alas, it seems that the site is down for the count. A friend
forwarded an email that was sent out earlier this month.
The rest of the email was a promo for some
"natural" something-or-other for diabetes.
Sent: 5/7/2014 10:23:04 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Latest news for Diabetes | NaturalCures.Com site down
As regular visitors to our Natural Cures site you will have
noticed the site is currently down. I’m sorry to say it’s
a combination of factors. Firstly, a minor technical glitch,
secondly a more sinister one, for which I can’t go in to
too much detail, but sadly will probably involve lawyers
& regulators. Clearly the information we are providing
for free is causing some issues out there.
The technical side also impacts our support email addresses,
so if you have emailed in over the past few days, you will
receive a bounced email. This also looks like it will take
some time to resolve.
Social media: How to reach us
If you need to reach us, you can visit our Social media sites
which we will be monitoring. You’ll find us at:
If it is a private matter, be sure to use the message service
on both platforms rather than an open post otherwise
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As you may know if you've been following this blog, long-time
Trudeau bud and UK resident Lee Kenny is the current
"owner" of Natural Cures. He bought it for a mere $100k towards the end of 2012.
So why is the site down? Beats me; the best I can do for now is read between the lines of that email. I have a feeling that Natural Cures --
or, more specifically, Lee Kenny -- is being investigated because
he is a good buddy of Kevin's and he probably knows a lot that he
hasn't told the investigators yet. Even the receiver noted that
they thought Lee wasn't being completely forthcoming about
"where the money is." Plus, he has been promoting Katie's
$997.00 baccarat scam through Natural
Cures (and he was processing the proceeds through Future Transactions Company,
aka the FTC (ha, ha, get it?)). I've been ragging about this
matter on this Whirled for months and months.
I have mentioned this a few times on this Whirled (most recently here, and I wrote about it last August),
but here it is again, because you know how I love to repeat
myself. Natural Cures was set up in the first place to feed KT's
legal defense fund. Here is a direct link to some August 2013 court
documents that clearly state when and why Natural Cures Health
Institute (NCHI) was set up.
Anyway, judging by the recent-ish email to the Natural Cures
mailing list, it appears that Lee Kenny is trying to get a good
Trudeau-style martyr thing going: "Clearly the
information we are providing for free is causing some issues out
there." But that's the way the alt-health hucksters
roll; the aforementioned Loony C has the martyr thing going too, even
claiming that Big Pharma thugs have shot at him and tried to kill
him with a car bomb. In 2012 he was quoted by a natural health blogger as saying, "I have death threats -- about twenty a day --
but I do not have any fear."
In any event, another site called The Natural Cures Store is
still open. It sells all sorts of health frauducts, including
those to support the various phases of Katie's infamous
"Weight Loss Cure." But it claims not to be connected
with Katie or his companies in any way. (Prolly like the GIN
Store is a separate entity from GIN... sort of, anyway.)
NaturalCuresStore.com is dedicated to bringing you high
quality products recommended by Kevin Trudeau and health care
practitioners, Dr. Thomas Hohn [a Leonard
Coldwell buddy ~CC], Dr. James Rotello and others.
Items sold on the site include all sorts of cleanses,
including a "Heavy Metal Cleanse" (I don't think it
involves music, though), a "Colon Cleanse," and
something called "Dr. Coldwell's Stress Reducing System" for
$99.99, which is also listed in the
The NaturalCuresStore.com is in no way affiliated
with these health care practitioners,
nor with Kevin Trudeau, Natural Cures, Inc. or
We are just the a "One-Stop-Shopping" store for all
the products recommended in his various books and
Although we do not know Mr. Trudeau personally, nor agree
with all of his conclusions, we appreciate his labors in
bringing such valuable information to the public.
On the promo page for the Coldwell product, we're told that "Dr."
Coldwell of Germany has "treated over 35,000 cancer
patients, and has the highest cure rate in Germany. That's a
version of his amazing bio that has been published elsewhere on
the Net as well. It is, as you may have noticed, somewhat different from his
other common claim, which is that he cured over 35,000 cancer
patients, "many in a terminal state," and has the
highest cure rate in the world. But
like most narratives in Scamworld, Loony's stories have never
The Natural Cures Store, which lists one T. Payne of Dover, Idaho as the
registrant and admin contact, doesn't
seem to be wildly popular. But I guess it -- and the official NaturalCures.com social media sites -- will have to do till the
NaturalCures.com main site comes back...if that ever happens.
That's it for now, and I'll be back soon with some
more substantial fare.
Labels: GIN, GIN sale, Global Information Network, Gregg Braden, Kevin Trudeau, Leonard Coldwell, WIN, World Information Network
Kevin Trudeau: passport pleas and a piss-poor movie
So goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Where the scammers and predators howl
They've planted me in the jailhouse
There isn't much to do now
Maybe you'll get a replacement
There's plenty like me all around
Predators hungry for money
Sniffing for marks, who are easily found.
With apologies to Bernie Taupin, Elton John, et al.
Even though he's behind bars, serial scammer Kevin
Trudeau continues to provide entertainment for those of us who
are easily amused -- even if he provides it unwittingly or in the
most tangential way. But before we get to the rollicking fun, I
should mention that as of the time I'm publishing this, people
who object to the sale of the Global Information Network (GIN)
assets to AXS Investment Group (or AXS Consulting, LLC) -- a group consisting of some of Kevin's bestest, most
loyal buddies -- have less than an hour to file their
objections with the court. Deadline is today (Monday, May 12,
2014) at 5:00 PM Central Daylight Time. I'll keep you posted.
Mama mia, Katie wants his
Last week I found out, and shared on Facebook, that
Katie wants his passports back -- both his U.S. and Italiano passports. Or his lawyer does, anyway. The lawyer filed a motion
with Judge Guzman's court on Thursday, May 8. Maybe it's for
sentimental reasons. Or maybe Katie wants to put them in a
scrapbook or on a vision board. Except I think they probably
don't have scrapbooking and vision boards at the MCC.
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The gummit has till tomorrow, May 13, to respond to this motion.
Katie's lawyers will be in court this Thursday, May 15, at 9:30
AM to present Katie's passport plea before Judge Guzman.
Naturally we are having some fun with this on Facebook. My friend
Bernie O'Mahony of GINtruth.com wrote, "Maybe he needs them in order to get from
Cell Block B, to Cell Block D?" Tim Donohoe wrote: "In
an unrelated motion, his lawyer has asked for his release from
prison pending his appeal. Nothing to see here." In a
subsequent remark Tim wrote, "Another idea is that maybe his
lawyer needs access to some offshore accounts when his next bill
I thought that there might be a specially infused seekrit
magnetic strip in the passports that can override the biometry in that biometric safe in Zurich where all sorts of
seekrit things are hidden. As you may
recall, last year Katie told the courts that he couldn't
surrender his passports because they were in that safe in Zurich,
but a little while later the passports mysteriously turned up
anyway in Chicago. But suppose they really do contain some
magickal seekrit strip and can help open that safe. What manner
of treasure may be hidden therein? Next up: court docs demanding that whoever has his $6,400
cufflinks return them to his lawyers immediately.
By the way, on that passport motion Katie's lawyer, Thomas
Kirsch, got the date of his client's criminal conviction wrong.
It was November 12, 2013, not November 7, 2014. November 7, 2014
hasn't happened yet. But I guess I am not too surprised that
Kirsch would get that detail wrong; he was the one who bungled
Katie's criminal trial by opening with that lame "cheesy moon"
argument, and later on in the trial he
and his team made the judge kind of mad.
UPDATE 13 May: The government responded with an opposition to
Kirsch's motion. Here is a link to that document. The government points out that the usual procedure with convicted criminals is to return their U.S. passports to the State Department, and any foreign passports to Homeland Security. It hasn't been done yet but the government expects that to happen. It also points out that by the time Trudeau is out on supervised release, his passports will have expired anyway.
UPDATE 15 May: Motion denied.
Judge Guzman agrees with gummit and thinks that giving the
passports to a third party might constitute a security risk.
Here's that doc. (Note: I incorrectly titled the document 05-15-14; it was actually filed on 05-14-14.)
I still have to wonder why the lawyers wanted the
passports badly enough to file a motion. But maybe this is much
ado about little; perhaps it is just a routine thing for criminal
lawyers to file to get all of their clients' documents back from
Pretrial Services. Or... maybe Katie needs his passports to
return to Oz.
Good buy Yellow Brick
Road? Well, not so much.
The long-awaited animated movie, Legends of Oz:Dorothy's Return, was finally released theatrically across
the US on Friday, May 9. This project was one of the "investment opportunities"
offered by a couple of GIN members to other GIN members. My
friend John Foster, an ex-Katie fan, former founding member of
GIN and author of a new book about his GIN experiences and
the scam GIN was, wrote on Facebook,
"Investors spent around $100 million and [the movie] is
opening in 1800 movie theaters. If it makes money it will be the
first GIN opportunity that was promoted that made money."
There was a lot of skepticism about this movie when the
discussions came up on Facebook last year, and one reason for the
skepticism -- beyond the obvious fact that the
"investment" op was being offered within the framework
of GIN -- was that the folks involved with the production firms,
Summertime Entertainment and Alpine Productions, have been
involved in some dodgy business deals and have had some
complaints made against them (more on that in a moment). People were even getting spam phone calls from folks
asking them to invest in the project.
(Here is another link about that, from the same thread.)
But now that the project has indeed come to fruition, I would
like to know if any of the GIN members who "invested"
-- either the ones originally offering the opportunity to GIN
members, or anyone else in GIN who took advantage of the
"opportunity" -- will actually be making any money from
the movie. My email box is open!
Of course they are buzzing about it on the GIN Facebook pages: "In case you are not aware, a group of GIN Members utilized
their training to help manifest the money to partially fund this
Um-kay. But will they make any of that money back? Or was that
even their intention in the first place? Inquiring minds want to
know. I don't even know how to begin to pursue this matter
because I don't think I ever knew the names of the GIN members
who were pushing it. Can anyone help?
Brief update: A person in the know
sent me a message clarifying that the Oz movie had nothing to do
with GIN (which I knew), but the connection was simply that there
was one GIN member pitching the project from the time he joined.
He was able to pull a little money from a few members but nothing
major. My source noted that
on a conference call last week, Chris "Voldemort"
McGarahan (one of the members of the group who is buying GIN)
apparently gave GIN credit for raising all of the money for the
film production -- which isn't even close to true, but even if it
had been...well, it was nothing to brag about. And that gives this story double
snarkitude points: for the fact that the GINvestors are claiming
credit that they don't deserve, as well as for the fact that the
movie they're taking so much credit for is an embarrassment (see
next paragraph). Nice job, guys! [NOTE: See May 13 updates
and addenda below. ~CC]
In any case the GINvestors who pitched in a few bucks should be very proud
of themselves, because the movie is just getting splendid reviews. That is, if you define "splendid" as being "[An] eyeball-gougingly ugly, charm-free animated
musical sequel, which is inexplicably opening in thousands of
theaters instead of going direct to video." Or a movie that feels "like the cheaply made knockoffs you find in a
dollar store: garishly shiny, flimsy and not built to last." As another reviewer wrote, "The bricks are still yellow, but the road doesn't
lead anywhere special."
My friend Kenneth, another ex GIN member, said he went to see a
movie this weekend but the show he wanted to see had sold out for
the show time he wanted. He inquired about other movies and was
told that aside from Spiderman, which only had a few
tickets remaining, Legends of Oz had only a handful of
people in it. "Needless to say, people had no interest in it
whatsoever," he noted.
THIS JUST IN: Record breaking lousy debut at the box office (even worse than Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil).
But it's all sweetness and light on the official pages: the one
for Summertime Entertainment and
for Legends of Oz.
Still, there were hard feelings along the way to production and
release, as I suppose there often are in the movie biz. Someone wrote a nasty note to Ripoff Report in October
And guess who wrote the rebuttal? One Marc J. Lane, whose law
firm represented Summertime's Ryan and Roland Carroll and the
production team behind the film.
As you may recall from reading this Whirled and
various court documents and forums, Marc Lane was the asset protection lawyer who, as it happens, was
hugely instrumental in helping Katie create and structure GIN.
Marc participated in social media buzz about the film while it
was in production last year.
He was responding to this March 2013 post on "The Royal Blog of
Oz," an Oz enthusiast blog. (By
the way, after the fanfare on that blog, the actual movie review by one of the blog's team
members was kind of anti-climactic.)
Marc also participated in one of the discussions
about the spam phone calls that I mentioned above. Here's another page on that scam phone call thread. (It's basically the same spiel he wrote on the
Ripoff Report thread.)
But Marc has been curiously silent about the movie on Facebook
since its release, but he has "liked" several Oz-movie
related pages... among other things. My goodness.
I can't say that I think Marc is a bad guy. I mean, lots of folks like porn; I don't think that's really that big a
deal as long as it all involves consenting human adults. Besides,
maybe the porn site people are clients of his. Or maybe a
mischievous member of his household got into his Facebook account
and "liked" that naughty page. There could be any
number of explanations.
And judging from some of his Facebook posts Marc has a social
conscience, or at least wants to make it appear that he does. In
fact, when it comes to several issues regarding social and
economic justice he appears to be embracing a side that is
contrary to that embraced by most of the one percent. I like that
in a person. But I have to wonder what sort of
"conscience" or moral compass allowed him to
participate so extensively in helping Kevin Trudeau create a
scammy scheme such as GIN. I'm told by those who seem to be in a
position to know that Marc gave Kevin sound advice that was well
within legal frameworks, but that Kevin chose to ignore a lot of
it and did as he pleased, and that was what caused all
the trouble. I'm only halfway buying that. Because, really...
Kevin Trudeau? Well-known lifelong scammer? Seriously, Marc, what
were you thinking?
At any rate, my understanding is that various investigations are
still ongoing. I've alternately been told that Marc isn't out of
the woods yet regarding the Trudeau investigations, and that he is
out of the woods because he cooperated with the Feds and
didn't do anything with criminal intent. That story is still
unfolding. I know only small parts of it and have reported what I
But I would not be surprised to learn that Marc Lane may have
somehow been involved in the push for GIN members to invest in
that animated boondoggle. If anyone has any insights into this
I'll be glad to add that info to this post, and of course you can
remain anon if you wish.
Speaking of Oz, which also happens to be another name for
Australia, I wonder if the investigators were ever able to
uncover any more of Katie's hidden assets Down Under, which the receivers were going on and on about last
And partly because my mind is jumping around all over the place
today, but mostly because so many of these stories are
interrelated in some way (because they are all part of the same,
much larger and grimmer story), I'm reminded of another Oz
character and Katie b.f.f., the late Rene Rivkin, who offed
himself in 2005 and whose assets were also mysteriously hidden. He and Katie had a few things going together, for a while.
I think the authorities finally gave up looking for Rene's riches.
But something tells me that if the right authorities did a little
more digging, they might be able to find some more Rivkin assets
as well as some more Katie assets -- in some cases, maybe even
under the same rocks. [Although someone who knew Rivkin just told me
that it's very doubtful if he had anything left, which may have
been one reason he ended his life. Tragic story, there.] Anyway, I really should get off of my duff
and finish that half-finished Rivkin post that's been in the
hopper for a year or so. But I'll leave you with a pretty picture
for now -- Rene and Katie and someone else (maybe one of you can
tell me who it is?) in happier days. Rub-a-dub-dub!
Update: Someone just
tipped me off that the other guy in the tub is the UK's Andrew Malcher, currently of High Street TV, "the leading multi
channel retailer of direct response TV products." Here's a July 2012 article about him in the UK's
Financial Times). From the article:
If the mark of a great retailer is not
selling you what you want but selling you what you didn’t
know you wanted, Andrew Malcher must be a great retailer.
And here's a November 2013 article about High Street and
Alliance Health Care signing a
lucrative As Seen On TV-ish agreement. High Street has also signed deals with Disney and Hasbro.
So Andrew is basically an infomercial mogul. My correspondent
says he's a super nice guy.
More updates and addenda, 13-14 May 2014:
Return to Oz...
Since I published my post yesterday, I've heard from a couple of
people. I inserted a brief update in the body of the original
post above (in green text), but here's more.
One person wrote to me:
The name of the [GIN member pushing the
investment in the Oz movie] is John King. He is listed as one
of the Co-Executive Producers. If gin people raised more than
$1M I would be impressed. There were a bunch who invested,
but gin wouldn't have had anything to do with it other than
John pitching it to people he met there.
Another friend, an ex-GIN member, wrote to me,
also mentioning John King, who was the head of his local GIN
The movie may stink but I wouldn't hold
any negativity toward it because of GIN.
He is an executive producer on the
film. ...I got to know him and his wife pretty well.
In a subsequent email my friend wrote:
He never pitched the movie to any of the GIN folks in [our local]
group, as far as I know. And he and his wife seemed like
pretty nice folks.
Apparently he was in great despair, with a failing career and
marriage (this is public knowledge as he said it on stage),
when he came across Your Wish Is Your Command. He truly
believes that GIN and KT turned his life around. As far as
I can tell, he is not simply a sociopath, nor do I think he
sought any gain other then typical commissions and the chance
to go "Hollywood."
There WAS misleading info. On stage he implied that HE had
raised 100 million for the film.
...We were all impressed by his Platinum status and by the
fact that he had raised millions of dollars as a venture
capitalist, under the GIN rubric, to "make" a
movie. One takes a person for their word, or should. And
words can mean everything and nothing. When someone states,
"we just raised the most money in the history of
independent films, $100 million, I just got word as we were
boarding the ship"... and if that person is someone
whose house you had visited, and whose friendship you wanted,
why wouldn't you trust them?
Why, indeed? Well, at least my friend wasn't
suckered into investing in this lemon. What I find interesting is
that according to THIS article (which I also linked to above), Summertime Entertainment says they spent only $70 mil on production, and the author of the
piece speculated that they may have been exaggerating because
"smaller production companies often inflate budgets to make
a production appear more legitimate." So where did that
other $30 mil or so go? Well, maybe to promotions and parties --
who knows. If I were a GINvestor, though, I'd be asking some
serious questions rather than crowing about this bloated cartoon on their
Anyhow, as far as
I am concerned, the Whirled angles specifically in regard to the
movie remain the same:
In other words: I am not the one who spiked
this insipid punch with GIN. Various GINfolk did this
- Some GIN folk are taking undue credit for
- It's a stinker -- so those who invested
and are so GIN-proud of it probably won't see any decent
ROI... meaning that once again GIN fell flat as a
Then there is the Marc J Lane connection, however tenuous it may be. As noted on my post,
Marc was hugely instrumental in helping Katie structure GIN to
hide money from the Feds. It's all there in the court docs. Marc
was also an attorney for the production companies responsible for
the Oz debacle -- and he even wrote a rebuttal on their behalf on
Ripoff Report, threatening to sue the anonymous complainant for
defamation. It could, of course, all just be a big fat
coincidence. Or it could be something as simple as a common hometown connection. Marc is a Chicago lawyer and Summertime Entertainment's Carroll brothers were born, raised, and went to
school in the Windy City. Maybe they all knew each other from back in the day. As I said, I
welcome insights from others.
By the way, the friend I quoted at length above
also reminded me that a Trudeau entity called TruStar
Productions, Inc. -- an enterprise in which Marc Lane was also
involved -- had invested in a failed movie project called Hellbenders. It was
noted in the Receiver's Third Report (17 March 2014), and I mentioned it on this blog post.
You can find a lot more about the Trudeau/Lane/TruStar
relationship -- and their other business relationships -- in
various court documents, such as Document #713 from Katie's civil
case, filed on July 15, 2013, titled, "PLAINTIFF'S PROPOSED
FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW." I've written about and
inked to this before, but here's a handy link on the receiver's web site.
For more, check out this link and the individual name links on
Advanced Background Checks.
Not surprisingly, on
Marc's Wiki page there is no mention
whatsoever of Trudeau or any of the Trudeau entities, or of
Marc's involvement in this high-profile case. A shame, that, since Marc worked so hard on his
client's behalf, including trying to get data under the Freedom
of Information Act regarding some of the ongoing investigations
of the various Katie companies. Here's some interesting correspondence from 2011 and 2012. It's
in .txt format and you'll need to scroll down to the bottom and
work your way up.
I have put all of this on my Whirled and have included links in
order to raise legitimate questions and encourage others with
more resources than I have to continue the investigations.
At any rate -- getting back to the current cinematic flop -- here are some more links. This one handily lists all
the major folks involved in the Oz project:
Here is John King's Facebook page. He doesn't
seem to be very active, except for a few nods to the Oz project,
which currently dominates his cover photo and profile pic:
Here's John King's IMDB link, which links back
to the IMDB page for the project: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6359182/
Here's John King's stik.com link: http://www.stik.com/king_john2
is a link to Elevate Entertainment, one
of whose principals claims to have been involved with John's
"110 million dollar private equity raise" for the Oz
Natalie King - CEO
But wait... there's more! Other
peeps are claiming credit along with John King for raising some
of those millions for the Oz thing. Here's one Franco Rosado, who describes himself as a "Youth Empowerment Specialist," on Linkedin:
After graduating cum laude with a degree in Finance from
Jacksonville University, Natalie moved to Los Angeles to work
with Executive Producer Greg Centineo and Co-Executive
Producer John King on a 110 million dollar private equity
raise for an upcoming movie Franchise titled Legends of Oz -
Dorothy’s return. It is set to be released worldwide in May
...Natalie enjoys bringing her analytical and creative side
to develop powerful content that will reach a diverse
Excited to be brokering our first
motion picture deal with Mr. John King and Summertime
Entertainment COMING SOON - MAY 9TH - OVER 3000 THEATERS
LEGENDS OF OZ, DOROTHY RETURNS (3D Animation Film) MISSION
ACCOMPLISHED! We raised the $5 million needed for our film!
Stay tuned for more to come! Franco Rosado CEO, Deep Sea
Innertainment Youth Empowerment Specialist [email and phone
number redacted ~CC]
So I'm sure there's a whole tangled story here.
I don't know much about the film biz, but what I do know is that
many movies go through a long and sometimes contentious process
in their journey to release. So no doubt there were a lot of the
normal Hollywood egos and financial struggles, which ordinarily
would not interest me all that much. But when there is even a
marginal Scamworld connection --- when, in other words, it
intersects with my beat in some way -- you can bet your last flying monkey that I will jump on it,
especially if it's a slow news day
By the way, here is the link to page 1 of what
is currently a 15-page, five-and-a-half-year-long thread about
the efforts to get people to invest in the Oz movie (I linked to
a few pages in this thread above). http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-818-909-6800.
Labels: Andrew Malcher, GIN, Global Information Network, Global Information Network sale, Kevin Trudeau, Kevin Trudeau passports, Legends of Oz, Marc J Lane, Rene Rivkin, Summertime Entertainment