Vitamin Huckster Donald Lapre Found Dead in Prison Cell; Suicide Suspected

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Pitchman Donald Lapre was found dead his prison cell yesterday morning.
Alleged Phoenix scammer Donald Lapre, the owner of the company The Best Vitamin in the World, was found dead in his prison cell in Florence yesterday morning in what authorities say was an apparent suicide.

Lapre, who was indicted in June for fraud, was found unresponsive in his cell in a federal-contract facility in Florence about 8:30 a.m., according to U.S Marshals.

Prison staff tried to revive Lapre until Florence police and paramedics showed up, but he ultimately died.

It's unclear how Lapre killed himself -- supervisory deputy U.S. Marshal Matt Hershey tells New Times the death is still under investigation. However, he says, suicide is suspected.

In a 41-count indictment returned in June, the U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Lapre's company sold useless, Internet-based businesses to more than 220,000 victims.

The charges against him included mail fraud, conspiracy, wire fraud, promotional money-laundering, and transactional money-laundering.

According to the indictment, he'd enlisted about 226,794 people to sell his "worthless" products through individual sites of their own.

Lapre, the feds allege, offered bogus incentives for his sellers, such as promises that "each time you get 20 new people to try our vitamin, we send you a check for $1,000!"

According to the indictment, during the course of the scheme, those scammed were swindled out of a whopping $51,816,308.67.

Following the indictments, Lapre didn't show up for his arraignment and became a wanted man.

While on the lam, Lapre was hiding out in a 24/7 Lifetime Fitness center in Tempe, where he supposedly attempted suicide by knifing his leg, trying to hit his femoral artery in order to bleed out (see our story on Lapre's failed suicide attempt here).

Lapre failed to kill himself, though, and was taken into custody a few days after skipping his arraignment.

More information about Lapre's death will likely be made available tomorrow. Check back for updates.

Kholood Eid contributed to this post.  
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44pl
44pl

He took the cowards way out. he got his just reward. Don't blame the correction system. He didn't want Big Bruno as a cell mate.

PartyTown
PartyTown

Is it even possible to find a funnier photo of Lapre than the one above? I suspect not.

the boogy man
the boogy man

Poor little scum bag was scared to meet his fate.  Sorry, no remorse here.  But, thanks for saving a us $$$$ for trial.  

scott
scott

Hmmm. Didn't mention the jail took away his medications, did they?

VOrtiz
VOrtiz

I suspect Jason Bourne had something to do with this!

Dram Catchers
Dram Catchers

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Mistalee
Mistalee

I was going to say, lets wait and see, this is just a suspected suicide. But reports elsewhere say that Lapre was found in his cell amidst a large amount of blood, an apparent victim of self-mutilation. http://www.tmz.com/2011/10/03/...

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Dram Catchers

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Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

AND his mother is claiming they took away his psychotropic meds for depression for no reason so yes,.... let's wait and see what really happened here.. Iooking for the truth like so many others. maybe a follow up story by King later?

Guest
Guest

Interesting- if he'd killed himself under MCSO care you'd be all the hell over that, Mr. King. So why aren't you insulting the officers under whose custody Lapre was when he committed suicide?

Dave
Dave

I guess the world's greatest vitamin could not save him.

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

Speaking of suicide, how about killing off all that fucking sports coverage here and replacing it with something better? Fuck pro sports, and the lemmings that go see them.

Jim
Jim

Even though this guy was likely a con artist it's still sad to learn of a suicide. It's ultimately his own fault that he made a tragic decision but I hope the jail did everything it was supposed to do to prevent something like this from happening.

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Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

that's all I am saying... thanks for clarifying my thoughts.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

This raises red flags on the many unprecedented deaths/suicides/murders at the Arizona Department of Corrections -- no other governor or director have this alarming number. The state has the responsibility for an inmates safety and well-beings. These inmates were not given death sentences, yet ALL are at risk for dying being sent to Arizona's prisons. State Legislators need to investigate and review their draconian laws that are sending non-violent offenders to their deaths -- using prison as a weapon beyond the courtroom, where most are classified, non-violent, non-dangerous, non-repetitive. What's going on? Who's going to investigate?

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cannondax
cannondax

The guy wanted to die. He knew he was a scum sucking leach and was caught. He finally did the honorable thing and saved tax payers the cost of a trial and imprisonment. If he knifed himself earlier and botched his suicide, my hats off to him this time. Think of the incredible position he put his "DUPES" into. He does not deserve all of the blame but certianly the lions share. A man that will take money from trusting, unsuspecting people is a PIG!  I don't care if he is classified as non-violent, not-dangerous, he certianly was repetitive. He did the right thing.

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

I don't think this happened at a state facility - it sounds like Pinal County Jail under contract with US Marshall for pre-trial detainees - What I want to know is -Just for curiousity's sake - why wasn't he identified as a suicide risk with a previous history to do self harm and cutting his leg? I realize you can't track or catch every behavior but it's worth asking? Maybe somebody knows the answer to this as the writer didn't elude or even suggest a missing link?? again, just asking .. I know he doesn't fit the SMI profile or again, I may be wrong..the writer didn't tell us that either.. sounds incomplete  story to me..

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