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updated: 9/19/2013 5:45 PM

Infomercial pitchman out of jail

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    Kevin Trudeau

Associated Press

A judge in Chicago has released Kevin Trudeau from jail after the infomercial pitchman spent the night behind bars for violating court orders to pay a more than $37 million fine.

As Judge Robert Gettleman freed the 50-year-old, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, he also warned Trudeau he's on a "tight leash" and could be jailed again next week.

Trudeau insisted in court he's "penniless" and can't pay the fine that stems from claims he makes in his weight-loss book.

A court-appointed receiver told the judge Trudeau insists he can't remember basic aspects about his assets, including which banks some of his accounts are in.

To counter Trudeau's claim he's destitute, Federal Trade Commission lawyers Wednesday presented evidence he's spent $920 on cigars and $359 on two haircuts.

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