Marshals arrest Phoenix-based TV pitchman

PHOENIX - A Phoenix-based TV pitchman who failed to show for his arraignment was taken into custody Thursday evening after an Arizona judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Deputy U.S. Marshals reportedly captured Donald Lapre in the area of Warner Road and Priest Drive in Tempe.

Lapre is charged with running a nationwide scheme to sell essentially worthless Internet-based businesses.

A grand jury indicted him on 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and promotional money laundering. He's accused of encouraging people to sell worthless vitamins through a company called "The Greatest Vitamin in the World."

The government says at least 220,000 people were defrauded of nearly $52 million.

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