Don Lapre, 'King of Infomercials,' arrested
Don Lapre, a man who once promised the "Greatest Vitamin in the World" for the low, low price of just $39.95 was arrested Wednesday (June 22) after failing to appear at an arraignment on 41 counts of conspiracy and fraud.
Last week, the TV pitchman was accused of defraiding 222,000 people of $52 million between 2003 and 2007.
From the indictment:
"[T]he 47-year-old Lapre oversaw and promoted a nationwide scheme to sell essentially worthless Internet-based businesses to over 220,000 victims through his company 'The Greatest Vitamin in the World.'"
"This indictment goes to show that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is," said U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke. "Mr. Lapre used incessant nationally televised info-mercials to hawk his vitamins and worthless websites as a way to get rich quick without working hard."
Hey, at least the guy had energy. Maybe those vitamins weren't so worthless after all.