Authorities allege the company used false promises to convince consumers to buy real estate training packages that often cost tens of thousands of dollars. The Nudge case is similar to one filed by the FTC and Utah against Zurixx, which promised people who attended its free seminars that they could generate substantial income by flipping houses. “We believe these two TV personalities each made millions of dollars by assisting and facilitating this real estate investment rip-off,” says Andrew Smith, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Take Wade Cook, the taxi driver-turned-supposed real estate genius, who was convicted of seven counts of tax fraud and sentenced to 88 months in a federal penitentiary. Dalbey hawked promissory notes backed by real estate; Lapre pitched a 36-page booklet explaining how to recover a Federal Housing Administration insurance refund after paying off a mortgage.