Donald Trump’s “Trump University” apparently did a great job of bringing in students over the past eight years or so. When it came to delivering on its promises, though, maybe not so much.
New York Attorney General Eric Scheiderman is suing the star of “The Apprentice” and his “University” for $40 million, claiming that about 5,000 students were swindled from 2005 to 2011.
"Mr. Trump used his celebrity status and personally appeared in commercials making false promises to convince people to spend tens of thousands of dollars they couldn't afford for lessons they never got,” Schneiderman said in a press release statement issued by his office
Students were allegedly lured in through free seminars that were advertised as teaching all the secrets of selling real estate, but instead sold them on expensive “Trump Elite” programs that cost up to $35,000.
Worst of all? Students who were promised an opportunity to meet The Donald himself instead only got a photo with a cardboard cutout of the real-estate magnate, the suit claims.
Trump’s attorney, Michael D. Cohen, told the Associated Press
that Schneiderman’s suit is politically motivated and false, offering up student testimonials praising the program.
"The attorney general has been angry because he felt that Mr. Trump and his various companies should have done much more for him in terms of fundraising,” Cohen said.
Schneiderman is a Democrat; Trump is an outspoken Republican.
This isn’t the first time Trump University has been in New York’s institutional crosshairs. The state Education Department insisted several years ago that the organization change its name because it had no license and didn’t meet the legal requirements to be considered a university. It’s now called the Trump Entrepreneur Institute.