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 freed from jail! (sort of)
Ha. Made you look, didn't I?
Another hearing was held today, March 19, regarding serial scammer Kevin
Trudeau's civil case. And indeed, Judge Gettleman signed an order
suspending Katie's coercive incarceration on the civil matter.
Obviously the court decided they aren't going to shake any money or
info out of him, though they've been trying for months and
months. That whole "coercive incarceration" thing has
yielded little more than huge receiver bills and a series of schlocky Facebook posts from
Katie's long-time associate, former co-defendant, and ex-squeeze,
Janine Nubani Contursi (who reportedly admitted in open court
today that she is the one writing those stupid posts, although
I've yet to confirm that from a credible source).
Gettleman suspended the civil incarceration.
But don't be too quick to either celebrate or become outraged.
The only reason His Honor suspended this cage gig is so Trudeau can
begin serving his ten-year criminal sentence, which was imposed
this past Monday, March 17. Here's a closeup (click to enlarge):
So for Katie, it's out one cage and in the other. Moreover, as
soon as he is released from prison on the criminal case --
whenever that may be -- he has to report to Judge Gettleman's
court (or whoever is there in the judge's place) so the court can
determine if he needs to be thrown back in jail for the CIVIL
case. While he is serving his criminal sentence he doesn't have
to appear in court for future hearings.
The next status hearing regarding the receivership and other
matters is scheduled for June 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM.
Some of the GIN destroyers who so deeply long for that neat and tidy
movie-script ending are crowing that GIN is finally, finally,
finally dead. Well... not so fast.
I wasn't in court today so, obviously, I don't
know what was said there, but so far nothing has been posted on
PACER that contradicts the information in the receiver's March 17report, which says that they plan to sell the GIN intellectual
property and that there are several interested buyers. The court
has to approve, of course.
After that the buyers, presumably, can do what they want with it.
They can continue to call it GIN or they can re-name and completely re-brand, and even create new content based on the content for which they have bought the rights.
For many folks, though, the dream won't die, and there are other
similar "clubs" and "master's societies" that
are a ripoff of GIN. Some of them are run by
characters as shady as Katie, or worse.
Speaking of which, Ohio's Perry Kiraly -- former high-level GIN
member, former Intervenor in Katie's civil case, and now founding
honcho (along with Scientologist Yon Cole) of a new GIN ripoff
called World Information Network (WIN) -- sent out another update
on the evening of Trudeau's sentencing. Not one word did he say
about his former fearless leader being sentenced to a decade in
lockup. But he did reiterate his great flopportunity, discussed previously here.
From: Perry Kiraly
So, GIN or no GIN, Scamworld will go on. Those
of you who need to join a club and throw large amounts of money
down a hole in order to feel special can take your pick of
Date: March 17, 2014 at 9:39:04 PM EDT
Subject: WIN Update - Announcements
WIN Update: Perry Kiraly
March 17, 2014
Dear WIN Members & Supporters,
WIN has two new extraordinary
First, the opportunity to purchase the FIVE YEAR THREE
PERCENT OF MEMBERSHIP GROSS SALES UNITS is being extended
until the end of this month.
Second, in recognition of the extraordinary commitment by
those former GIN members known as Inner Circle, WIN intends
to initiate an exclusive gross membership sales offering
after WIN’s official site launch on or about May 1st 2014
for former Inner Circle Members who have participated in this
This opportunity for the purchase of units and participation
in the exclusive Inner Circle offer will be made available
for 14 more days until March 31st 2014. All payments must be
received or in route and verified via tracking number by
March 31st 2014. The computation for payment on this offer
will begin on April 1st 2014.
200 "Units" total were made available for purchase
at $2,000.00 per unit through a Private Placement Memorandum
on March 9th 2014. Units are still available for purchase but
purchase requests come in daily and once the 200 total is
reached no further units can legally be sold from this offer.
Each "unit" will pay the purchaser of that unit or
units a share of 3% of the gross sales of the World
Information Network Foundation LTD (WIN) for the next five
years. This five-year period will be extended, if necessary,
until a minimum total of 500% or $10,000.00 is paid back on
each $2,000.00 unit purchased. During the initial five year
period this percentage could exceed 500% depending on the
growth of the club. A more detailed grid of the payout based
on membership growth is in the Private Placement Memorandum
(PPM) that will be sent to you upon request.
Be sure and email WIN before March 31st 2014 at [email
redacted] to receive the Private Placement Memorandum
necessary to purchase units or call [phone number
redacted] for further details or questions. WIN’s
attorney is also available for any questions regarding this
WIN is just getting started. It is the
vehicle that will take our club into the future. It is the
vehicle backed and driven by the best this club has known up
to this point.
Be, Do, & Have is the process we were trained in and that
process has begun. WIN now is. It exists, and you and I and
all of its supporters know what we intend this club to Be.
We are now at the Do stage and funding is an integral part of
that doing. It is the accelerating catalyst that will move us
toward our goal quickly. Our goal - the continuation of
creating a club dedicated to providing the tools, training,
events and gatherings that will enable all that make use of
them, the ability to dream again, create whatever life they
choose, and recognize what truly powerful Beings they are.
Come to present time and take advantage of this opportunity
to play your part as a Founding Member in the ongoing
creation of the highest ideals upon which our club began and
the ultimate creation of the best club on the planet.
Then we will Have - and not just us but
all of those that join our club in the future and utilize
what we’ve initiated here, to change their lives and change
And meanwhile, Katie sleeps peacefully in a cell somewhere,
content to trust in "Devine Timing" (could this have
something to do with his long-time buddy from the Hybrid Group?)... while Janine natters on and on and on, and Nelson
Mandela rolls over in his grave.
PS ~ It appears that some of the mainstream
journos are finally starting to see the comedy gold in Janine-as-Katie's silly Facebook posts, which
I've been throwing potshots at since November. Here's NBC5 Chicago's Phil Rogers, for instance.
And here's my first post about the silliness (19 November 2013), including (later on, in the
comments section) some lyrics that seem more appropriate now than ever. And here, just in time for last year's Xmas holidays, is a tale of a seasonal miracle.
Labels: GIN, Global Information Network, Kevin Trudeau, Kevin Trudeau civil case, Kevin Trudeau freed from jail
Kevin Trudeau: Government gets its wish, Katie sentenced to ten in the pen
Deets later, but for now, here's the Chicago NBC
Yep, despite his pleas for mercy and some last-minute histrionics, as noted on this Whirled the other day -- and despite his numerous Facebook postings about the miraculous changes he'd undergone since being caged (here's just one of many, many examples), on March 17, Kevin Trudeau was sentenced by Judge Ronald Guzman to ten years in Federal prison.
Good thing I am not a betting woman, because this sentence did take me a little bit by surprise. But not a whole lot by surprise, considering that the court has been granting the government pretty much everything they'd requested so far, and their latest request had been for a ten-year minimum sentence.
Also not surprising was that former GIN member Abe
Husein, the self-proclaimed GIN destroyer, was all over this, as
was his mentor (or Dementor) Loony Coldwell, with the rumor that
the FBI is going to send other speakers to prison as well. If
that is true, I have a great suggestion about where they could
start. Just saying.
As for the scuttlebutt about grizzled old former
Congressman Ed Foreman, a long time
friend, supporter and enabler of Trudeau, early buzz was that he
was forcibly restrained by Federal marshals and then escorted out
of the courtroom because he lunged at the judge. He was
reportedly arrested. But that's not even remotely the same as
being sent to prison for being part of the fraud, as reported in
the screen shot above.
This Chicago ABC story has a
vid that mentions the disruption by Foreman and says he will
probably be issued a citation and have to pay a $150 fine.
UPDATE later on: This Chicago Sun-Times piece notes that it was a $175
The courtroom was packed with
Trudeau’s supporters. During arguments, one of them, a
former congressman from Texas, tried to address the judge.
The judge told him to sit down, and he did, but later on he
spoke out again and was carried out by federal marshals. Ed
Foreman, 80, of Dallas, got a $175 ticket, according to
Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s
In a piece for the Chicago Tribune, reporter
Jason Meisner, who has been providing excellent coverage of the
courtroom proceedings, wrote:
... As Guzman was questioning one of
Trudeau’s attorneys, an elderly supporter suddenly stood in
the front row of the audience and bellowed, “Judge, I am a
former U.S. congressman!” before being ordered to sit down.
I'll let the mainstream journos fight it out over whether Ed is going to have to pay $150 or $175. But in any case, some of us have been snarking about ol' Ed for a while. It's good to see the journos catching up to the bloggers.
After another outburst a few minutes
later, the man, later identified as Ed Foreman, 80, of
Dallas, was ordered to leave the courtroom. He refused, and
when security officers tried to stand Foreman up, he went
limp and was eventually carried out as other spectators
shouted in protest.
“You are not entitled to disrupt the
proceedings,” Guzman told the remaining audience members,
some of whom sobbed loudly. “I urge you to simply keep
quiet and listen.”
Foreman, a former Congressman who
represented districts in Texas and New Mexico four decades
ago, was ticketed for creating a disturbance, a petty offense
payable by a $150 fine and court fees, officials said.
According to his website, he is a motivational speaker who
has previously touted Trudeau’s Global Information Network,
touted as an international club that charges membership fees
in exchange for success “secrets.”
Again, though, I can easily think of other GIN speakers and
former speakers who are much more deserving of being thrown in
jail -- or thrown out of the U.S. for good.
Just saying. [Update added March 20: Here's Ed, saying he has no regrets.]
And now for old times sake, here's ol' Ed and
Katie cutting a rug at the birthday party of Kevin's now
estranged wife Natalie Babenko at a Global Information Network
"Family Reunion" in the Bahamas a few years ago. Oh,
those crazy young people. Here's the album from which the pics were taken.*
Meanwhile, in the civil case...
The next court hearing for Katie is in Judge Robert
Gettleman's civil court on Wednesday, March 19. There the
court-appointed receiver will present their latest bill, and the
FTC will continue to argue that Katie is a liar who belongs in
jail. (Here is a link to two documents filed on March 14: the
receiver's summary of the expensive things they have been doing
for the past couple of months; and the FTC's latest
Kevin-is-a-liar summation.) I am not
including all of the exhibits because they would make the file 28
At this point, of course, the FTC is preaching to the choir. It
remains to be seen whether Judge Gettleman will end Katie's civil
contempt jailhouse stay so he can start serving the criminal
sentence. The fate of GIN may or may not be decided on that day
too. This is from the Receiver's Third Report, filed today (March
Operations of the Global Information
Here is a link to the Receiver's Third Report. Among other things you will learn that one of the
Katie entities, Trustar Productions Inc., invested in a failed
movie project called Hellbenders. As my friend Tim noted in a
Facebook conversation, "even kt gets ripped off by kt
ventures." Well, yeah. It just goes to show what an expert
ripoff artist Katie is.
What I think about the ten-year sentence
The Receiver, working with company
management in Westmont, Ill, has continued to operate GIN
profitably and lawfully.
On March 17, 2014 the Receiver will announce that it is now
prepared to consider letters of intent from potential
purchasers of GIN’s assets which include the membership
list and any intellectual property that may exist. The
Receiver’s announcement will state that any letters of
intent must be submitted by March 28, 2014. Thereafter, the
Receiver will negotiate a purchase agreement with the
prospective buyer and will submit any such agreement to this
Court for its consideration.
If you've been following this blog for the past
year or so you won't be surprised to know that I am ambivalent
about the sentence. Trudeau is without question a serial scammer
and has been scamming most of his life. And of course I have been
writing about this for years. I understand the criminal and civil
judges' reasoning, the prosecutors' reasoning, the FTC's
reasoning. I've read most of the relevant court documents in both
the civil and criminal cases. The FTC and the prosecutors laid
out a strong case. And I'm sure their case will be made even
clearer to those of us on the sidelines when the Pre-Sentence
Investigation (PSI) reports are unsealed.
I also understand why those who have lost money, time, and energy
to Trudeau's scams feel that this is a victory. I understand why
most (though not all) of my fellow critical bloggers and
supporters feel it's a victory too. Most of them think I'm pretty
off-base for feeling that ten years in the clink, even for Katie,
But I have always felt -- and have stated numerous times on this
blog -- that putting a nonviolent scammer in a cage for years and
years isn't right. I wish there were some way our justice system
could legally, non-violently and effectively protect the public
from Katie without caging him.
And when I think of how killers such as James Arthur Ray served
less than two years for killing three people in his phony sweat
lodge... well, something seems off kilter. Or when I consider
some of the loathsome scammers and alleged predators whom Trudeau
unleashed on the world, who have yet to even be charged of
anything, say nothing of be tried, convicted, sentenced.... it
makes me think our justice system is really broken.
I'm also uncomfortable about the fact that someone can be jailed
indefinitely for contempt. That's a whole other issue and also
points to problems in our justice system.
On the other hand, Trudeau is a serial scammer,
deceptive to the core, as the judge put it. And as my guy Ron
noted, "In my opinion, the only way to stop Trudeau from
scamming was to put him in a cage to give the people he entrusted
with hiding his money enough time to turn on him and leave him
genuinely broke, as he left so many others. The
criminal justice system is first and foremost there to protect
society, and this is the only way to protect society from
So it may be a "victory," but it's one that leaves me
wondering if justice is really being served. At the very least,
Trudeau isn't the only one who should be donning an orange
PS added 18 March ~ My
pal Bernie at GINtruth weighs in on the sentence and other
Labels: Kevin Trudeau criminal sentence
Kevin Trudeau: Mad professor hippie Magoo begs judge for mercy
As currently-jailed serial scammer Kevin
Trudeau's sentencing for his criminal contempt conviction
approaches (it is scheduled for this Saint Patty's Day at 2:00
PM), there's been a lot of busy-ness in the courts. As reported here a couple of days ago, the
government filed a sentencing memorandum on March 10,
recommending at least a ten-year stint in the cage for Katie. I
linked to the memo and exhibits on that previous post, but for your convenience here it is again.
More documents were filed over the next couple of days. On March
11 Katie's lawyers filed a plea for leniency, and on March 12
Katie himself wrote a letter to the judge in the civil
case, Robert Gettleman, asking him to puh-LEEZE intervene on
Katie's behalf with the criminal-case judge, Ronald Guzman.
At the moment I'm having Scribd glitches with PDFs and MIME stuff
so I can't upload the documents and give you a handy Scribd link.
But you might be able to get to the docs from the Facebook thread
on the GIN Network Truth group, where I shared them yesterday.
Here is that link.
UPDATE 18 MARCH 2014: Scribd
glitches finally corrected.
Here is the Scribd link.
Since both the March 11 criminal case document
and the March 12 civil case doc are about Katie begging for mercy
in preparation for the sentencing, I felt they belonged together,
even though I usually upload the criminal docs separately from
the civil docs. Accordingly, if you can get to the links
provided, the first one you'll see is from the civil case; that's
Katie's plea to Judge Gettleman for mercy. He makes mention of
nearly 90 pleas to Judge Guzman on his behalf, including one from
his rabbi. Oy, vey, such a nice Jewish boy he is, having to
suffer so needlessly.
By the way, keep in mind that Judge Gettleman is actually the one
who is currently holding Katie in the cage for the civil contempt
case. The sentence Judge Guzman hands down will be for the criminal contempt case. (I know it's
hard to keep up with all of this stuff. Did you know that the
civil case has, in nearly eleven years, generated more than
15,000 pages of court docs? Whew.)
Anyway. Katie's melodramatic letter was filed along with one exhibit:
a two-page order from Judge Gettleman dated April 16, 2010.
Following that, you'll see the plea that Katie's lawyers made in
the criminal case on March 11, asking for a max two-year
Naturally, Katie's ex-b.f.f. and alt-health spokesquack, Loony
Coldwell, has taken a brief break from his recent rants and frivolous lawsuits
to quote and gloat about Trudeau's letter, calling Trudeau a
sociopathic con man who's scared crapless. True enough, Loony,
but coming from a psychopathic con man like yourself, the message
is amusing in ways you probably didn't intend it to be.
In the court documents there are references to the PSI --
pre-sentence investigation -- report. The original PSI report as
well as a supplemental one are still sealed, so I can't read or
share them at the moment.
As for Katie himself and that whole begging-for-mercy thing, it's
deja screw all over again. I know I've linked to a 2005
Smoking Gun article numerous times here and on Facebook, but I am
sharing it again in case you haven't seen it or would like to
revisit it. If you follow the links you will see a couple of
people begging for mercy, on Katie's behalf, back in the 1990s.
Of note, a psychiatrist and Kevin's mommy wrote letters asking
the court for leniency (there is some dispute over whether Mom
wrote the letter herself or Kevin wrote it). Anyway, here's that
link; it's to the home page, and you can follow the other links
from there: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/.../would-you-buy-used-cure-man
Meanwhile back at the MCC, Katie preps for his next
mercy plea. So far he's been spectacularly unsuccessful in
getting mercy from Judge Gettleman, who has clearly lost patience
with him after more than a decade of listening to his lies. So
apparently now Katie is growing his hair out and continuing to
wear his Coke bottle glasses that make his eyes look itty-bitty,
despite the fact that, according to court docs filed late last
month, Katie was granted permission to get his contacts as well
as his personal glasses back (click to enlarge).
Anyway, on March 13, his proxy had this to say on Trudeau's
My sentencing date is Monday, March
17th. How long will I have to be in prison? 6 months? 6
years? 20 years? No one knows. But we all will find out soon!
I know I will get out as soon as is perfect. The universe
knows what is best for my highest good. (28 years was for
Mandala and the country of So Africa's highest good!)
Whatever it is it is. A piece of coal needs a certain amount
of time and pressure before it transforms into a diamond. I
need a certain amount of time and "pressure' for me to
reach my spiritual goals and desires and for me to release
all the abilities I want to release. The universe knows the
answer. I am thankful for this experience and the growth I am
achieving. I could have never achieved spiritually what I
have if it were not for this experience, environment, and all
that has happened. And I am doing things I always wanted to
do…like let my hair grow! I have not cut my hair since I
have been here! I look almost like a cross between a crazy
professor and a hippie! And my grey hairs are pouring in! I
also am not wearing contact lenses and letting my eyes rest
after all those years of contact lenses use. My super thick
"coke bottle" glasses make my eyes so small
looking! I feel like Mr .Magoo!! I look so funny! We all have
a great laugh with my crazy greying long hair and Mr Magoo
glasses! Everyday is a great day for me as I am one day
closer to being free, and I to continue my
"lessons" and training exercises!. Be happy
everyday...life is way too short! Much Love...KT
"Thankful for this experience and the growth I am
achieving..." I guess maybe he means his hair growth? Maybe
we'll find out on Monday. Or maybe his lawyers will talk him into
cleaning himself up and making a dignified appearance. Perhaps
he'll even be allowed to wear street clothes instead of his
orange jammies. Anyhow, say what you will about him, mad hippie
Professor Katie Magoo still has his fan base. So far nearly 700
people have "liked" the comment above, and there are
more than 200 comments, many of them supportive (though more
dissenters are showing up). Here's a permalink to the thread.
My guy Ron, quoting a news article about the upcoming trial, wrote this on Facebook:
In their pleas for mercy, Trudeau's
lawyers say Trudeau “is a man who has consistently
displayed kindness” and “generosity.”
I don't necessarily agree with a ten-year
sentence, but everything else Ron said in that comment is spot
Kind enough to go through his entire teen & adult life
bilking people out of their money. Generous enough to foist
Coldwell upon a trusting public. Give him 10 years and a very
tight leash for life.
The government sentencing memorandum I linked to above, and on my
previous post, notes that Trudeau...
...preys upon the sick who want to be
made healthy, the poor who want to become rich, and the
insecure who want to feel better about themselves. He
exploits consumers’ insecurities and weaknesses, promising
them an easy fix for whatever hurts or embarrasses them.
True enough, Feds. But... duh... the same could be said of just
about every Scamworld guru, including some of Trudeau's present
and past cohorts who are still running free and filing frivolous
lawsuits. This isn't to dismiss the egregiousness of Trudeau's
offenses at all. I'm just making an observation.
As for Katie's sentence, I'm told that the smart
money is still on two to five, but I'm not a betting woman, and I
have given up trying to make predictions... except, of course,
for my usual prediction that there will be no neat and tidy
PS added 16 March 2014:
Katie gets proactive, apparently having been informed that some
emails will be read in court that reveal the real Katie. This is
from earlier today:
Labels: Kevin Trudeau, Kevin Trudeau civil case, Kevin Trudeau court cases, Kevin Trudeau criminal case, Kevin Trudeau sentencing
Kevin Trudeau news: Banjo David comes out of hiding, and government issues sentencing memo
Now, here's some good news. My friend Julie
Daniel just noticed this today. The guy that many of us have
known for a few years only as "Banjo David" has finally
revealed his full name on now-jailed serial scammer Kevin
Trudeau's public Facebook page. He is one David G. Bragman of
Chicago, a recording engineer, bluegrass
musician, radio host, and teacher of banjo, guitar,
singing and sound recording. Go, David!
I had mentioned Banjo David on my blog a few years ago
(see Addendum 19 July 2011); I linked to and quoted his 2010 post on The Straight Dope board. Over the past year or so, several of us on Facebook
have linked to the same post.
Under the thread, "Did you spread your cheeks for Kevin
Trudeau?" Banjo David wrote a "public
apology," relating his experiences with Trudeau at
motivational info-product purveyor Nightingale-Conant way back in
the late 1980s and early 1990s.
On March 10, David copied and pasted his old
comment on Trudeau's Facebook page. See the screen shot above (as
usual, click to enlarge). Here is the direct link, which is good
at this time, but you never know if and when it will be taken
And here again is the link to David's original
(2010) comment on The Straight Dope.
Although David's story hasn't varied between
that 2010 comment and the one he posted two days ago -- except
for the fact that he updated the number of years since he got
"sh-t-canned" from Nightingale-Conant, -- you can see
that some diehard Katie fans are claiming that he is just making
it up, and they won't believe it till others come forth. Till
others come forth?!? Um.... that train left the station long ago.
David, if you want to share your thoughts on this Whirled, feel
free to do so. I've been writing about your old not-friend Katie
for more than five years now. Or drop me an email at the address
listed at the top of this page. Or just join the conversation on
Facebook at GIN Network Truth.
I know that a lot of people will be interested in what you have
And by the way, I love banjo music.
Meanwhile, in court... gummit asks for a min of ten
Here is a link to the latest document (plus exhibits)
from Kevin Trudeau's criminal contempt case.
The actual pre-sentence investigation report is
still sealed but this document, filed on March 10, 2014, is the
government's Sentencing Memorandum. It recommends that Trudeau be
sentenced to at least ten years in prison, based upon legal
sentencing guidelines. Remember that it is still up to Judge
Ronald Guzman to make this decision, however. Sentencing will be this
coming Monday, March 17, at 2:00 PM.
The main document gives a good summary of
Trudeau's misdeeds, but the exhibits -- particularly the emails
from his former partner Donald Barrett -- are very revealing. I
still think that if Katie is going to be caged, Barrett deserves
it too, but then, so do many of Trudeau's other cohorts and
former cohorts. But I guess that's not my call to make.
Labels: Banjo David, Donald Barrett, Kevin Trudeau, Kevin Trudeau court cases, Kevin Trudeau criminal case, Kevin Trudeau sentencing
SciWINtology: Flopportunity knocks!
I really apologize for not tending to my
blogging duties, Dear Ones. Some things have happened over the
past week or so that really took the wind out of my sails. And
no, it has nothing to do with alt-health/cancer quackadoodle Mocktor Loony Coldwell's profoundly stoopid lawsuit
threats against me. Those were and are
comic relief. No, what happened is something deeper and sadder
and more personal, something that was unfolding while I was
preoccupied with taking potshots at two-bit scammers. Sometimes,
real life is what happens while you're blogging. Yet blog I must,
and I will be blogging about this too... soon-ish, I think. I
have blogged about personal things here before, so there's a
precedent. I just need some time.
But for now, the Whirled must go on as it was originally created.
And there's a lot that's been happening regarding some of this
blog's favorite snargets, most notably, currently jailed serial
scammer Kevin Trudeau (former b.f.f. of the aforementioned Loony
C), whose criminal sentencing is due to take place this coming
Monday, March 17, 2014, at 2:00 PM in Judge Ronald Guzman's
court. Katie wants you to be there; he wants a packed courtroom.
His proxy put out a call for it on his Facebook page the other
I plan to be there in the front row.** See you there!
The other news is that former high level GIN
member Perry Kiraly of Ohio, last visited on this blog post,
is going ahead in earnest with his GINoff/flopportunity, WIN
(World Information Network). Last week he sent this update:
From: Perry Kiraly
Sent: 3/2/2014 11:51:59 A.M. Eastern
Subj: SWGF/WIN Update 03-01-14
SWGF/WIN Update: PERRY KIRALY
March 1, 2014
Dear SWGF Supporters,
It's no big surprise that they lost the appeal;
that seemed to be a foregone conclusion. But Perry should be
accustomed to losing appeals, because it seems to have happened to him before with some of his
criminal cases. And he has a
decades-long history there, spanning more than 30 years (the
latest one indicates "Case Closed," yet the case
summary lists a continuance date of 28 March, 2013, so I don't
know what's going on there).
The following is the 7th Circuit Court
of Appeals decision regarding our motion for injunction to
prevent the Receiver’s interference with and confiscation
of GIN FDN’s Member dues and fees:
Northern District of Illinois - CM/ECF
LIVE, Ver 6,1
SWGF’s motion for injunction was filed
on 02-19-14; it was denied on the 02-25-14, that denial was
posted electronically on 02-27-14.
Notice of Electronic Filing
The following transaction was entered on 2/27/2014 at
11:14 AM CST and filed on 2/25/2014
Case Name: FTC v. Trudeau, et al
Case Number: 1:03-cv-03904
Document Number: 827
COPY of order dated 2/25/14 from the
7th Circuit regarding notice of appeal ; Appellate
case no. : 14-1344 IT IS ORDERED that the motion for
Injunction Pending Appeal is DENIED. The appellants have
not offered an adequate reason why the assets of the
Global Information Network should not be sold. Any
dispute about how much money the members of that
organization are entitled to is not something that
requires an injunction.
So what does this mean? It means that the Receiver will
remain in complete control of GIN FDN and likely make off
with the six-million+ dollars of GIN FDN Member’s dues and
fees currently on account and any and all dues & fees
members are still paying in to the GIN/Receiver Company from
this point on. This money will be used by the Receiver to pay
themselves and Mr. Trudeau’s fine. Be aware also that any
purchase of GIN or its assets is likely to include continued
Receiver influence to one degree or another…even if they
call it periodic conferencing with their endorsed and
secretly appointed management.
So, is there still a play here? Yes, in my opinion it is the
same as the one many Member’s decided to do shortly after
the Receiver was given control of GIN FDN. Stop paying dues
that go straight to the Receiver’s accounts - not member
benefits. And keep in mind that the Level’s 1 thru 6
materials all belong to the members that paid for those
levels; and that these members or former members can all
share all of this material with those they choose. So why
would anyone pay the Receiver any more money to buy them?
Lastly, what does this mean for those that contributed to the
SWGF? It means that you can hold you head up high, for every
one that contributed to this fund has identified themselves
as one who was willing to stand up and fight for what they
believe in. It means you were willing to go the 12-Rounds
with one of the toughest opponents one can face. It means
that you are among the very few that were willing to take
100% responsibility for our club and prevail!
Prevail? How so when the motion was denied? We prevailed
in many ways; three of which come to mind immediately. One,
just standing up to fight is a win in itself; for no matter
what the outcome of a fight if you stood up you feel good
about it in the end.
Two, it allowed each and every Member to see exactly what he
or she is made of. It enabled you to observe first hand your
own response (or reaction) to intense circumstances which put
your resolve to the test – did you run from the predator
that blocked your path; did you succumb to it and let it have
its way; did you try to avoid it or pretend it wasn’t
there; or did you roll up your sleeves and attack!? This will
be valuable intel to those that wish to strengthen their
And three, in our efforts to prevail over the circumstances
and put our club (the true Members) in a defensible position
WIN was formed which put us in control of the future of our
WIN’s progress & plans to date:
So I close this update with that exciting dream. Plant that
seed in the garden of your mind and water it daily. The
funding, timing and people coming together is all that is
necessary to get our club WIN on a roll and make our family
reunion event at the Wynn Resort a reality...
- WIN or World Information
NetworkFoundation LTD is now a legally established
limited liability corporation in the state of Ohio.
- The trademark WIN is now registered
in the state of Ohio and the property of World
Information NetworkFoundation LTD.
- Member and commission compensation
agreements are currently being reviewed and edited by
our MLM attorney. The commission compensation plan is
being structured so every member, if they choose to
participate, can earn commissions with very minimal
effort and eligibility requirements.
- A fund raising investment
opportunity to be made available to accredited
investors is written and also under edit and review
by our attorney to insure 100% compliance to
applicable law to get WIN up and running as fast as
possible and make available a way for interested
Members to be a part of building the club and their
wealth as the club grows.
- Our website and the computational
programing to organize and calculate sponsored
members and applicable commission is under
- Our management structure is in
place to get our club up and running with the
positions confirmed of Executive Director, Deputy
Executive Director, 3-Board of Directors (2 Confirmed
to date), and 11 Regional Directors (9 Confirmed to
date) in East & Western USA, East & Western
Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Northern
Europe (Scandinavia), Western Europe, and Hawaii. As
other areas grow in WIN Members so too will Region
- A survey is completed and being
distributed to our 2 current Board of Directors and
subsequently to all Regional Directors to determine
what benefits and value members of our club want
enabling all Members to participate in WIN’s
- Written and audio content of
training levels 1 thru 12 (possibly more) is planned
to begin as soon as our site and sponsorship program
- A planned window of approximately 2
to 4 weeks will be made available (as soon as our
computational programing is in place) for former GIN
members to join and have their former level of
training recognized in WIN without additions fees for
those achieved levels. However all training levels 1
thru 12+ in WIN will be enhanced for greater impact
and ability derivation from participants and these
specific requirement must be met by Members to
receive that official level pin in WIN.
- Last but not least I have WIN’s
Deputy Executive Director working on a Family Reunion
Event for late October/early Nov this year. Now this
is our short term dream at this stage but with the
help of the best of the best of you I think we have a
good shot at it – and I think the Wynn Resort Hotel
in Las Vegas http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/# would be
the perfect spot for WIN’s major 1st event launch!
Go to the current WIN site at http://winfdn.com/scroll down
to the Donate button and contribute what you can, or even
better begin your $150 per month reoccurring equivalent dues
payment now – to help build the club - and have your $1000
initiation fee waved once we launch the new site.
We have everything we need by virtue of what we truly are,
and we can make this dream come to Be. Doing and having are
the next steps. Let’s create it together.
Perry Kiraly *
*As a post script to this update, let me make it clear that I
am a citizen of the United States of America and have
exercised my 1st Amendment right to express my opinion
herein. I am not a lawyer and nothing in this update/opinion
should be construed as legal advice. The information herein
is my personal opinion and provided solely for educational
purposes. The opinion expressed in this update is not meant
to suggest or encourage any course of action without
consulting with an attorney or one licensed to practice law.
Everyone must evaluate and make up their own mind on any
course of action they take.
Anyway. Undaunted by losing the appeal, Perry soldiered on, and
on March 10 he sent this update, dated March 9:
From: [Perry Kiraly]
Sent: 3/10/2014 12:21:40 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: WIN Update 03-09-14
WIN Update: Perry Kiraly
March 9, 2014
Dear WIN Members and Supporters,
The opportunity is now available to be a part of building WIN
and your wealth as our club grows.
This opportunity will be available for the next seven days
ending on March 16, 2014.
200 “Units” total are being made available for purchase
at $2,000.00 per unit through a Private Placement Memorandum.
Each “unit” will pay the purchaser of that unit or units
a share of 3% of the gross sales of the World Information
Network Foundation LTD (WIN) for the next five-years. This
five-year period will be extended, if necessary, until a
minimum total of 500% is paid back on each unit purchased.
During the initial five year period this percentage could
well exceed 500% depending on the growth of the club.
Please contact me by March 16, 2014 at [phone number
redacted], or email me at [email redacted] with
your contact information for further details or questions and
the legal documentation to purchase units. WIN’s attorney
is also available for consultation regarding this offer.
Now is your chance to be a Founding Member in WIN. Take
advantage of this opportunity and contact me now as 200 units
is the limit of this offering.
Seriously, Perry?!? That must be that "fund raising
investment opportunity to be made available to accredited
investors" -- item number 4 in last week's update.
Well, I guess it costs money to feed those hungry Shimkos.
The rest of y'all can do the math
to calculate just how floppy is the flopportunity that Perry and his Scientology bud Yon Cole are offering. Honestly, it seems like a potentially limitless flop.
The only limit to how much money you can lose is how much money
you can give! At least that's how it looks to me. To tell the
truth I have never been a numbers person. Numbers make my head
But I think I have gotten pretty good at recognizing scams and
** I'll be in the courtroom in spirit. You don't
honestly think I would travel to Chicago in the dead of winter,
Labels: GIN, Global Information Network, Kevin Trudeau, Perry Kiraly, WIN, World Information Network
Ojai rummage sale: Kevin Trudeau's house of horrors plundered over the weekend
Dear Ones, I apologize for neglecting jailed
serial scammer Kevin Trudeau for a couple of weeks, and not
blogging about anything of importance in the interim. I got
pretty busy with actual paid work assignments, and I was also
weakened from laughter at the worse-than-stupid shenanigans of
one of Katie's former b.f.f.s, Mocktor Loony Coldwell. I did
manage to get in a blog post and a couple of updates about the
latter, and you can read all about the little Teutonic twerp's
latest lunacy here. But I'm bored with him. Let's get back to Katie.
So. There was a big rummage...um...estate sale
at Katie's gaudy Ojai, California McMansion over this past
weekend (Feb 28-March 2, 2014). The picture above was taken at
the beginning of the sale as buyers were flocking in, with lines
all the way out the door. Proceeds from the sale, as well as from
the sale of the home itself, will go to pay the court-appointed
receiver and the lawyers... and then if anything is left over,
it's possible that some of it might go towards Katie's big ($37.6
million plus interest) fine to the FTC... and then at some point
some moneys might possibly trickle out to the customers
who were screwed by Katie's dumb diet book. That's the plan,
anyway. (Sorry, GIN members who were screwed. Y'all are way at
the back of the line. And not the line of eager shoppers going
into Katie's house of horrors.)
The lamestream media were reporting the Ojai estate sale as an
"auction," but it was merely a tag sale, a fact which I
confirmed, even though I had pretty much figured that out myself
after reading the write-ups from the people who were actually running
the sale. I don't know how much longer
the link to the catalog will be valid, but if you haven't seen it
already, do pay a visit and take a look at some of the items that
were up for grabs. I am sure you will sigh with envy over missing
a chance to get a little piece of Katie.
Among many other places, the sale was announced on Katie's Facebook page on
February 25. His proxy (presumably his
longtime friend/business partner/ex-g.f. Janine Nubani Contursi)
wrote on his behalf:
If anyone is interested in buying any
of the furnishings/personal items at the Ojai property please
see the link... The receiver will be selling everything. The
items in the home are in my opinion priceless. Many are
antiques. All have my energy infused in them. They are all
like amulets. Remember...I shall return!
And his fawning fans responded with comments
such as this:
You have some wonderful treasures. When
you get out you'll have fun once again finding more.
Okay, you get the drift.
So many beautiful things! I used the pictures to do some
dream building. Felt so good. You can always create other
beautiful spaces. Thanks for your positive posts. They
encourage me to find joy in every moment. I love being alive.
Your posts remind me every day how blessed we are. Thanks,
Wow, Kevin! Every piece there is as unique as you are. But I
have to say, I sure do admire you for being able to let go of
material things so easily. "It's not about the money you
make, it's the person you become." You taught us this at
the events. It is so true, because this is why people love
you so much. You practice what you preach. Kevin, we love you
because you have a beautiful heart!!!! I am looking forward
to your next post.
...making room for bigger and better things..!
KT it's not right what they are doing to your stuff, I know
it's just stuff and you will get more if you want to. But
it's still disgusting how any human being can be this vicious
and inflict intentionally pain on others. I hope you could
save at least the most irreplaceable books from the distant
past. We love you!
If i had the money to buy the house with all in it, i would
buy it and after, when this situation is over, i would give
it back to him, but i am sure that after this situation Kevin
is going to be more powerful than ever , i am sure Kevin is
laughing about all this, because he knows that what is coming
is imaginable, all the best
WOW...what magnificent treasures indeed! And now your soul
seeks for treasures of another kind, and may you be blessed
with an infiinite [sic] abundance of them of every kind, shape, and
form wherever you are!
...if I had the money I'd buy everything, even the house and
hold it for Kevin so that he can have it all back. But we
look forward and look for the good, look for the gold....
Feel good now. I believe that everything will be just fine
for you KT!! You're a good soul KT.
Kevin's situation reminds me The bible
story about the man that lost all his children and fortune
and then God gave him back and much more.
Shockingly, not everyone was so enamored of Trudeau's treasures.
After looking at some of the pictures on the estate sale
managers' site, my friend Tim Donohoe remarked, "I see he
had Saddam Hussein's decorator."
Some of the participants on the Skeptical Inquirer
Facebook page had similar responses (here is the link to that thread):
Having looked at the pictures all I can
say is that his interior decorator should be charged with
crimes against taste. Just saying....
[Goes] to show you, you can have money without taste. More
fit for an establishment in Nevada
Good grief, the catalog sounds like
So who was right: the Katie fans, or Tim and the
I was informed by a very credible source that the
stuff in the house was "mostly imitation crap bought from a
warehouse sale," a fact that is readily apparent when
looking at some of those photos. (Although I was also informed
that the bedding was of good quality and the pool table was
decent.) Kevin spent some good money on gaudy kitchen work and faux-finish
paint work, which was of decent quality but reflective of
I also talked with someone who noted that much of the stuff was
overpriced but nevertheless a lot of it was going out the door
over the weekend anyway. Suckers!
I wonder who got Katie's prized autographed picture of Rush
Limbaugh. (Rush and Kevin always were kind of turds of a feather,
politically speaking. Particularly when Trudeau got on his racist rants.)
If you're just simply kicking yourself for not being able
to attend this white elephant sale, not to worry: There will be
another one in the spring, at Katie's Chicago-area (Oak Brook,Illinois) McMansion. Details to come
* * * * *
The Ojai home has finally been sold too, and
one of my sources told me that the place has to be cleared out
because of that, though the new owners did get the pick of the
loot. I guess this crushes Katie's dream of having someone buy
the home and all of its furnishings so that all of those magically, mystically infused things could remain together (see below).
I also found out, from reading more than 200 pages of documents
filed by the court-appointed receiver, that the home actually had
been on the market for years, but due in large part to Trudeau's
tacky taste, unloading it was a challenge. Here's a snippet from
that pile of papers:
"Therefore anyone looking to purchase the
property... will be confronted with a high cost of removing what
Kevin Trudeau desired." That just about says it all.
I wrote about the Ojai house previously in my April 2013 post about Trudeau's doomed attempt to
declare bankruptcy. In that post I
visited Trudeau's past, citing a fawning November 2005 piece about Katie in Billiards
Digest. That piece was
written as he was launching his doomed International Pool
Tournament (IPT). In describing himself as a visionary, he said,
"I see things." Too bad he didn't see that orange
jumpsuit and those bars... Anyway, the pic on this page is of
Katie standing in the very home whose contents are now being sold
After studying the catalog of Trudeau's treasures,
I asked someone who has known Trudeau very well for many years if
Kevin's taste was really that atrocious, or if he was just
being ironic (although Trudeau doesn't really strike me as the
ironic type). "Or," I asked, "were the purchases
calculated -- just props to employ for marketing a sense of
opulence, in order to attract customers and investors for his
schemes? Or were the gaudy appointments simply affirmations to
convince himself that he had 'made it?' Or am I over-thinking
this when I should just be having a snarking good time?"
The response was that I was both over- and under-thinking.
"He had a desire for high-end things and bought what he
could. He did well with clothes and cars, but anything else that
took culture or class, major fail. Where you under-think is that
his core personality is the little adopted boy who never grew up.
Lots to prove, be better than everyone, become king. With matters
of home and family and relationships he was like an eight-year
That makes sense to me.
By the way, the media made sort of a thing out of the February 25
blurb on Katie's Facebook page about his stuff being like
amulets. But that wasn't the first time that in the interest of
priming the pump for a rummage sale, Katie tried to convince
people that his stuff has magical properties and special
energies. Back in December, Kevin's proxy Janine tried to
convince his gullible followers that his stately homes and all of
the things in them were specially infused with special magickal
energies. This is from December 2013.
"Perfect abundance/luck energy... The energy is off the charts!" As long as there are people who continue to
believe in this kind of nonsense, there will be the Kevin
Trudeaus to part them from their money.
PS added 18 March 2014: Here, from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) site, is an account from someone who attended the rummage sale.
Labels: Kevin Trudeau, Kevin Trudeau estate sale Ojai