Each week on TV the miracle happened live: Regimen "volunteers" (sample pay: $5,500) weighed in to let viewers check on their weight loss "without special dieting." Predictably, they had lost—and Regimen sales soared, despite an FTC warning two years ago that "those taking (Regimen) cannot lose weight without dieting," and the seizure last November by New York County District Attorney Frank Hogan of Regimen ads and financial records.

Last week a New York grand jury brought in a 134-count information for false advertising and conspiracy against Regimen's manufacturer, 48-year-old Mail-Order Medicine Man John Andre (real name: John Andreadis). Also...

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