Oh dear, what a mess. Somehow I missed this news from 2009-2010. The son, Beau, of the 1980’s famed natural health “Fit For Life” couple, Harvey & Marilyn Diamond, grew up to become a little ponzi schemer per these articles.
Whether Dad, Harvey, was just as guilty was never judicially determined, as far as these Herald-Tribune articles go. Evidently Harvey has health problems in his older age compounded by Agent Orange exposure while in VietNam, per the same articles. Here’s a 2005 interview with Harvey: http://www.formerfatguy.com/interviews/harvey-diamond.asp
And here’s his Facebook page which is current & has some great news links: http://facebook.com/HarveyDiamond?id=149375015106731
Mom Marilyn seems to be doing well these days, still writing & being a health enthusiast with her newer husband (the Diamonds divorced 20+ years ago).
And Son Beau was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2010. The good (funny) news was that he was growing sprouts in his jail cell, lol. He took the sunflower seeds out of Trail Mix & germanated them on a wet paper napkin under the fluorescent light. Now that’s ingenuity being put to good use!
9/22/09: Best-selling Diet Author Harvey Diamond in Foreclosure, Son Arrested for Fraud – Zillow Blog:
9/26/10: “Harvey Diamond: From high life to low point” – Herald Tribune: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100926/article/9261060?p=all&tc=pgall
10/13/10: “Lawsuit against Sarasota’s Harvey Diamond is delayed” – Herald Tribune:
12/22/10: “Sarasota Ponzi schemer Beau Diamond sentenced to 15.5 years in prison” – Herald Tribune: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20101222/ARTICLE/12221036?p=all&tc=pgall
I’m sorry for the families’ troubles (including the investors who lost their money) but the FIT FOR LIFE book was my doorway to priceless truths regarding Natural Hygiene & Health back in 1987 (as found in the additional information section in the back of the Diamonds’ book). For that I am forever grateful!