TLP: Not Even Billy Mays Would Believe This One
Seems like Donald Lapre had spent enough time in one-room apartments.
AP via HuffPost:
A U.S. Marshals Service spokesman says a Phoenix-based TV pitchman charged with running a nationwide scheme to sell essentially worthless Internet-based businesses has died in an apparent suicide while in federal custody.The whole Donald Lapre scheme always seemed hard to believe. You know, making a living from "tiny classified ads" and all. Also hard to believe they weren't keeping an eye on him a little better behind bars. He was a little high-strung to begin with, if his teevee gig was any indication, and he tried to run when they came for him. Strange all the way around.
Spokesman Matt Hershey says Donald Lapre was found dead in his cell at a Florence facility Sunday morning. His trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday.
Hershey says the death remains under investigation.
A grand jury indicted Lapre in June on 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and promotional money laundering. He was accused of overseeing and promoting the opportunity through his company called "The Greatest Vitamin in the World."
The government says at least 220,000 victims in the scheme were defrauded of nearly $52 million.