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05.11.2013 in General News by admin 0

More victims of alleged Trump University scam come forward against Donald Trump..

More than 100 people have come forward as former participants of what New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has dubbed a ‘nationwide scam’ and a bait-and-switch program.

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Donald Trump is accused of scamming “students” of Trump University, though he denies allegations.
ALBANY — More than 100 new people have come forward to complain that Donald Trump’s now-defunct “university” was a ripoff, the Daily News has learned.

They come from New York and 25 other states and say they were wrongly promised they could get rich quick if they enrolled in an expensive mentoring program that investigators say was a sham, a source familiar with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigation said.

Schneiderman filed a $40 million lawsuit against Trump in Manhattan state Supreme Court in August — accusing the mega-rich developer-turned-reality TV star of defrauding more than 5,000 people nationwide through his Trump University.

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“These new complaints reinforce what we have said all along: Trump and his so-called university ran a nationwide scam for years, selling unfulfilled dreams and empty promises of riches for tens of thousands of dollars to consumers who could ill afford it,” a Schneiderman spokesman said.

Donald Trump calls New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman “just terrible” for suing him over shuttered Trump University.
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Donald Trump calls New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman “just terrible” for suing him over shuttered Trump University.

One of those who have come forward is Gary Smith, a former city transit worker who says he shelled out $36,000 — and got very little in return.

When Smith, 51, of Manhattan, saw the ad, he thought he’d attend a free seminar that could help him become a real estate investor.

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He said the seminar was a sell-job for a $1,000 three-day class in which the instructor made a heavy sell for a $35,000 mentoring program with the goal of a 205% return on his tuition investment within 90 days.

But after using his credit cards to pay the $35,000, Smith was told by his mentor not to expect a quick return.

Gary Smith is a former city transit worker who spent $36,000 for mentoring program through Trump University. He says he did not get what he paid for.
MARCUS SANTOS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Gary Smith is a former city transit worker who spent $36,000 for mentoring program through Trump University. He says he did not get what he paid for.

Smith, who provided The News with emails of his complaints to Trump University officials, said they never responded. He had three other mentors, he said, and bought a $30,000 property in Wilmington, Del., but never made a profit.

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Smith gave two of the mentors good reviews because he didn’t want to jeopardize his future relationships.

“Trump, as far as I can tell, had no real involvement in this program at all, other than collecting money, obviously. The thing’s a joke,” he said.

He said he didn’t have enough money to sue, but contacted Schneiderman’s office after reading press reports about the lawsuit.

Gary Smith is just one of more than 100 people who claim they were ripped off by The Donald.
MARCUS SANTOS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Gary Smith is just one of more than 100 people who claim they were ripped off by The Donald.

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In the suit, Schneiderman says Trump University ran ads across the country with Trump’s photo and signature offering the free workshops.

But the workshops failed to deliver on promises that instructors were hand-picked by Trump, Schneiderman alleges.

Trump lawyer Jeffrey Goldman, who filed a written response to the lawsuit in court Thursday, told The News the case was “intellectually dishonest, factually inaccurate, intentionally or recklessly deceptive and misleading, and legally unsupportable.”

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a $40 million lawsuit against Donald Trump in Manhattan state Supreme Court in August, accusing the real-estate mogul of defrauding more than 5,000 people.
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a $40 million lawsuit against Donald Trump in Manhattan state Supreme Court in August, accusing the real-estate mogul of defrauding more than 5,000 people.

He said the overwhelming majority of students rated the courses highly.

Goldman also said he was not surprised more people have come forward.

“If someone told you that something you were happy with four years ago you could now possibly get money back, wouldn’t your perception change? Goldman said. “Where were they during the three years of the investigation?”

He said Trump will file a formal complaint next week with the state ethics commission.

He said he will file affidavits saying that during the investigation Schneiderman met with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, developer Jared Kushner, asking for favors.

In an Albany radio interview Thursday, Trump blasted Schneiderman as “just terrible.”

“He’s forcing businesses out because he likes to sue everybody,” The Donald said.

courtesy:nydailynews

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