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Posted June 19, 2011
Vitamin Pitchman Indicted
**Lapre's sales pitches greatly exaggerated the program's income potential.
**Buyers were never told that their Internet-based businesses would ultimately be competing against more than 200,000 other "businesses" offering the exact same limited number of products in essentially the same manner.
**Although their initial investments were small, buyers were lured into expensive marketing programs that had little or no potential for generating sales.
From 2004 to 2007, 226,794 people invested more than $51.8 million and received just $6.3 million in commissions.
The website QuackWatch.com also reported that the vitamin product's formulator, "nutritionist" Douglas D. Grant, is serving a five-year prison sentence for manslaughter unrelated to his involvement with Lapre. For a detailed history of their activities, see QuackWatch.com.
A copy of the indictment is available at the link below.