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Donald lapre - phoenix promotor of the "Greatest vitamin in the World" arraigned in a medical facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2011

PHOENIX – Indicted infomercial pitchman Donald Lapre of Phoenix, was arrested on June 23, 2011, on an outstanding warrant and was arraigned on June 27th in a medical facility before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence O. Anderson. Lapre is currently detained and recovering from leg wounds which were self inflicted prior to his arrest. Lapre was arraigned on the pending 41-count Indictment for Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Promotional Money Laundering and Transactional Money Laundering.

Lapre's trial date has been set for August 2, 2011, at 9:00 a.m., before U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton. A detention hearing for Lapre has also been set for July 13, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., before U.S. Magistrate Judge David K. Duncan. Both hearings are set to occur in Phoenix.

Convictions in this case for Conspiracy carry a maximum penalty of five years, a $250,000 fine or both; Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud carry a maximum penalty of 25 years, a $250,000 fine or both; Promotional Money Laundering carry a maximum penalty of 20 years, a $500,000 fine or both; and Transactional Money Laundering carry a maximum penalty of 10 years, a $250,000 fine or both. In determining an actual sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide appropriate sentencing ranges. The judge, however, is not bound by those guidelines in determining a sentence.

An indictment is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Potential victims of this scheme may submit a victim statement via the following website operated by the Postal Inspection Service: www.postalinspectorsurvey.com/vitamins. Potential victims of this scheme may also keep track the progress of the case by visiting the following link located on the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona's website: http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/us_v_donald_lapre_gvw.html

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. The U.S. Marshals Service located and arrested Mr. Lapre on June 23rd after he failed to appear for his original arraignment on June 22nd. The prosecution is being handled by Frederick A. Battista, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER: CR-11-1102-PHX–SRB (DKD)
RELEASE NUMBER: 2011-132(Lapre Arraignment)

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