Couple That Went on Dr. Phil Show to Brag about Shoplifting Scheme Sent to Prison for Shoplifting

Matthew and Nora Eaton had a clever scheme: shoplifting popular toys and resell them on online. It was such a smart idea that they decided to go on the Dr. Phil show and brag about it. This decision brought them to the attention of prosecutors:

District Judge Irma Gonzalez sentenced Matthew Eaton, 34, to 27 months in prison — one year more than prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office thought was sufficient punishment.

Nora Eaton, 27, was sentenced to one year and one day in custody.

Gonzalez had little sympathy for Matthew Eaton, calling his conduct in running the scheme over two years “despicable.”[...]

Matthew Eaton’s lawyer said the couple went on the show seeking help for their chronic shoplifting problem. On the program, however, they came across as bragging about their exploits and not appearing particularly troubled.

Instead of helping them, producers egged them on to exaggerate their cases, said defense lawyer Leila Morgan. And the only help they got was free copies of McGraw’s books, she said.

The judge also had harsh words for Dr. Phil.

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We laugh at the stupidity of modern America. Tell me, why is stupid funny? It ain't gon'na be funny when the Chineese take our economy from us. Laugh while you may, lame brains.
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“What a charlatan this man is,” the judge said during the hearing. “What a terrible, terrible man.”

But Judgie!! The good doctor gave them a free book. Problem solved!
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