Claims that Trump University cheated thousands of people out of millions of dollars has resurfaced — after a New York state appeals court reinstated a 2013 fraud claim early this month, Crain’s New York Business reported.
The case, one of three brought against the school, alleges that the program, which started in 2004, was a fraud. The school started with online courses before later offering live seminars across the country. Its selling point: Students would learn real estate secrets from the school’s namesake Donald Trump, though any real connection he had to the curriculum is unclear.
According to CBS News, a three-day Trump University course cost $1,500 and urged enrollees to sign up for a mentorship program that would set students back $35,000.
More than 150 former students are alleging fraud, and in New York, the state’s attorney’s office claims the school defrauded students of $40 million.
In a March 3 tweet, the presidential candidate called the lawsuit “phony,” and said the school had received a 98 percent approval rating from students.
Chief Learning Officer will be watching to see how things shake out.