TV Pitchman & Indictment

June 16, 2011 by staff 

TV Pitchman & IndictmentTV Pitchman & Indictment, A grand jury indicted a television pitchman based in Phoenix accused of running a national plan to defraud thousands of people out of millions of dollars. Donald Lapre, 47, is accused of 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, promotion and money laundering transaction.

The indictment alleges that Lapre and directed a plan to sell essentially worthless Internet-based companies with more than 200,000 victims through his company, the greatest vitamin in the world.

“Mr. Lapre uses nationally televised endless info-mercials to hawk vitamins and worthless web sites as a way to get rich quick without working hard,” said U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke. “The scam defrauded a sea of?? Victims, but thanks to the efforts of the Postal Inspection Service and IRS, will face justice.”

Federal prosecutors say at least 220,000 victims were defrauded and almost 52 million.

“Based on the home business opportunity has a certain appeal, especially in today’s economy,” said Pete Zegarac, inspector in charge of the Services Division U.S. Postal Inspection Phoenix. “Consumers should be wary of plans that promise to bring large amounts of money with little or no effort on their part.” Lapre is scheduled to appear at the arraignment on 22 June.

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