Trump University: the ultimate fraud from the Donald, as it was never licensed and famous for bait-and-switch tactics of the students!
“Anticipate change and embrace it; change can affect the entire picture. Recognize new developments you can capitalize on, profit from and use to open new doors” – Donald J. Trump
The Donald Trump continues to blatantly lie about his role and the ambition of the Trump University (TU), I feel the need to drop certain knowledge from the paperwork that is openly distributed and fearlessly showing the true narrative of the matter. I have looked at lots of corruption, lies and deceit over the years, and I will let the court documents and the other leaks speak, not my own narrative… because I already despise the man and his methods, there no honor or real pride in the man, all that matters is the earned profits by any means.
The main objectives if don’t know as the excessive petitions and court documents says, is that he was owning and running a University without a License, enrolling students, promising Education and Programs that will create wealth, while promising to handpicking teachers and mentors; while all of the mentors and teachers was handpicked from Mr. Sexton and not Trump, the school was not official, since it hadn’t license, neither the teachers or mentors, so the educations did not have a value; while the students was enrolled and tried to get to sign-up them for expensive programs and max-out credit-cards. All out of this happen while Sexton and Trump, knew that they didn’t meet up to standards of both NYSED and New York Educational Laws as Educational Facility. So the value of any degree or certificate wouldn’t have value, as the institution for the student, we’re not paying or getting value for the money spent on their “education” there. So take a look at the viable truth of the TU!
Attorney General of New York Petition on unlawful acts of Trump University:
“From 2005 through 2011, respondents operated an unlicensed, illegal educational institution from their headquarters in New York City, which purported to teach each student’s Donald Trump’s real estate strategies and techniques. Until May 2010, respondents operated their program illegally as “Trump University” because they were not chartered as a university as required New York law and were even notified by the New York State Education Department (“NYSED”) as early as 2005 that their use of the word “university” violated New York Law” (…)”Respondents repeatedly claimed that prospective students would be taught by successful real estate “experts” who were ”handpicked” by Donald Trump. In fact, respondents lacked substantiation for the claims that their instructors and mentors were successful real estate entrepreneurs. Not one single one was “handpicked” by Donald Trump” (…)”Though their deceptive and unlawful practices, respondents intentionally misled over 5000 individuals nationwide, including 600 New Yorkers, into paying as much as $35,000 each to participate in live seminars and mentorship programs with the promise of learning Donald Trump’s real estate investing techniques” (…)”In 2004, Donald Trump, Michael Sexton, and Jonathan Spitalny formed Donald Trump University LLC as a New York limited liability company. The original business plan focused primarily on long-distance learning through they were “experimenting” with a variety of formats, including some live programs” (…)”Ultimately, for more than five years, respondents failed to take any steps to rectify the legal violations raised by NYSED” (…)”To the present day Trump University has never obtained or even applied for the proper licensure to operate as an educational institution in New York State. Neither Trump University nor any of its employees or representatives ever applied for any other licenses, certifications, or approvals for NYSED for its teachers, directors, or sales agents. Trump University never submitted any materials to NYSED for approval in compliance with the Educational Law. In addition, Trump University never paid any tuition assessments to NYSED to fund reimbursements to students” (…)”In fact, Donald Trump netted about $5 million in profit from Trump University. Notwithstanding this fact, instructors claimed that the costs of Trump University programs were designed to ensure that students would feel invested in them. Similarly false claims were made again when instructors regarding the Trump Elite programs” (…)”Donald Trump holds his stake in Trump University through two closely held corporations, DJT University Members LLC and DJT University Managing Member LLC, together giving him control of 92% of the equity in Trump University” (…)”The sole signatories of the bank accounts of Trump University are Donald Trump, his three adult children, and Allan Weisselberg, Trump Organization’s chief financial officer. None of these signatories were ever employees of the Trump University LLC” (Attorney General of New York, 2013).
What the key points from the Attorney General in Texas:
“Defendants engage in false, misleading and deceptive practices in promoting and selling their real estate investment seminars in Texas. Defendants target Texas consumers eager to earn additional income during the economic slowdown by promising to teach them dubious real estate investment strategies that will score them big profits in virtually no time. Defendant Trump University (Trump U ) advertises free investor workshops on real estate investing in various newspapers throughout Texas to the general public. The advertisements promise consumers that if they attend the free workshops they will have the opportunity to [l]eam from Donald Trump’s handpicked experts how you can profit from the largest real estate liquidation in history , how to profit from the billion dollar bailouts and to teach foreclosure investing from the inside out” (…)”Defendants falsely assert at these “free workshops” that the classes are approved continuing education· credit for realtors. The Texas Real Estate Commission has not approved any Trump University courses for continuing education credit. Defendant Trump University is also not an accredited institution of higher learning and does not have a certificate of authority to use the term “University” in the state of Texas in violation of TEX Enuc. CODE § 6.313. Trump University has also not complied with Secretary of State registration or tax requirements necessary to do business in Texas or paid sales tax on any of their sales” (…)”the Trump U representatives tell attendees that the 3-day seminar is being offered at a special reduced price (1,495) for workshop attendees even though the 3-day seminar is primarily marketed to free workshop attendees at this regular price and rarely, if ever, marketed at the inflated rates quoted to attendees. However, Defendants fail to tell the attendees that the instructors are paid a commission by Trump U for every student who signs up for the 3-day course” (…)”Defendants’ representatives also ask attendees, on the morning of the first day of the seminar, to call their credit card companies, banks, and mortgage companies and ask for an increase or extension of credit so that they may finance the Gold Elite package purchase. Defendant Trump U will even ask attendees to call their bank during these one-on-one sessions while the representative waits. The primary goal of the 3-day seminars appears to be more high pressure sales tactics in an attempt to induce them into purchasing Defendant Trump Us Gold Elite package for $35,000” (…)”Moreover, the so-called strategies that are taught are highly speculative and maybe tantamount to encouraging attendees to sell real estate without a license, which is illegal in Texas” (…)”There have been approximately 57 free Trump U workshops conducted in Texas, with approximately 50-100 attendees per workshop. Approximately 450 Texas consumers have purchased the $1,495 three-day seminar, the $35,000 Gold Elite package, or other courses or products” (…)”The total, all in, we would recommend for settlement· at this points $3,750,000, plus injunctive relief. We recommend a starting point $5,430,884, all in, to begin negotiations. Next week, on May 19, 2010, at the settlement conference, we will present our case to Defendants’ attorneys in more detail and if we have approval will give them copy the draft petition. At that time, we would like to set forth our demand with the all in number $5.4 million. We have already advised Defendants’ lawyers that any settlement will run into the seven figures” (Abbott, 2010).
So even the State of Texas had issues with the TU and the their way of business, they had similar acts against the business, as the school, we’re not registered, we’re not open and legal entity, was set a “foreign business” in the State of Texas; the amount of clients or students shows the reach of the “University” as the workshops hooked Texans to it and the promise of learning from Trump. Something that didn’t happen and therefore the AG of Texas expected that the Trump Organization facilitated the refunds and give back to the ones who bought into the “product” sold in Trump’s name in Texas, interesting, right?
Important Passages from Trump University Playbook:
Here is what the Speakers and employees of the “Trump University” was told to look after the first day of lessons in the three day course: “Identifying Buyers: Once you have the completed profiles, the team should go through each profile and determine who has the most and least liquid assets and rank them using the following scale:
E1 – Over $35,000 of liquid assets
E2 – Between $20,000 and $30,000 of liquid assets
E3 – Under $10,000 of liquid assets
E4 – Less than $2,000 of liquid assets
401ks and IRAs should not be considered when using the ranking system since these are not liquid, available cash.
*Prior to Day 2, the team should review One-on-One/Making the Sale in the Sales Playbook, along with Objections & Rebuttals” (Trump University Playbook, P: 36, 2010)”.
The buyers are the students who has signed up for the first 3-day course, so the employees and hired men of the Trump Organization to the facility was looking out for the people with cash so they could sign up for more and longer programs.
Here is more from the special curriculum from the Trump University Playbook:
“TO ALL EMPLOYEES, MENTORS, COACHES, SPEAKERS AND CONTRACTORS HAVING CONTACT WITH TRUMP UNIVERSITY CUSTOMERS (ATTENDEES AND BUYERS):” (…)” You are specifically prohibited from speaking with any journalist, reporter, author, blogger, newspaper, or media outlet with regards to Trump University, Trump Organization or Mr. Trump” (Trump University Playbook P: 71, 2010).
So the employees and mentors where told directly not to market or talk about their work and what they do, even as their owner are constantly in the media and tries to be kept relevant at some news-outlet at any given time. But this is not the worst, but proves the issues with the school, because an ordinary educational facility or higher Education usually wants their name out and knowledge of their teachers to get articles in the press with their studies and research. There is more:
- If an attorney general arrives on the scene, contact April Neumann immediately.
- By law, you do not have to show them any personal information unless they present a warrant; however, you are expected to be courteous” (Trump University Playbook P: 82, 2010).
So the Trump Organization had expected issues with the law and even with the lawmen, as they knew very well that they were acting without license so any Educational Facility or School without license is not allowed to teach, as none of the mentors or teachers had license to teach either. Attorney General had to have warrant, if not they had to contact central persons in the Trump Organization.
Here is more:
“SURVEY PROCEDURE: Please note: If at any point one of the below individuals is out of the office, the surveys will skip to the next hand-off point” (…)”Brad Schneider will pass surveys onto April Neumann (Director of Operations). April will review and address any pertinent issues with the Program Coordinator, Sales Coordinators, and Speakers. Any scores of less than 90% will be deemed below standards and addressed through a mandated post-conference call with the team to review compliance and event expectations” (…)”April Neumann will return surveys to Denise Ong to be filed accordingly” (Trump University Playbook, P: 86, 2010).
Here are some outtakes from an testimony for the case ‘Art Cohen, et al. vs. Donald J. Trump’ that are United States District Court, Southern District of California, where he said this on tape about the Trump University on the 10th December 2015:
(A: Donald Trump, Q: Attorney General)
“Mr. Sexton’s sworn testimony to the Office of the
New York State Attorney General.
- · · · · · ·If you could, please, direct your
attention to the second page, which is page 157.
- · · · · · ·At line 10, Mr. Sexton is asked:
- · · · · · ·”QUESTION:· And were any of those —
- · · any of these other speakers at any of those
- · · events handpicked by Donald Trump?”
- · · · · · ·Mr. Sexton’s answer:
“ANSWER:· None of our instructors at
- · · the live events were handpicked by Donald
- · · Trump.”
- · · · · · ·Do you have any basis to dispute
Mr. Sexton’s testimony in this regard?
- · · A.· · ·No.· That’s correct” (Donald J. Trump, 10.12.2015).
There are coming more to answers from Donald Trump in his affidavit:
“Q.· · ·Do you recall Mr. Sexton bringing to
your attention in 2005 issues with the New York
State Department of Education regarding the
legality of using the name “University” in the
State of New York?
- · · A.· · ·Very vaguely, but I thought he had
it all worked out.
- · · Q.· · ·So you remember the issue coming up
back then, but you thought he worked it out?
- · · A.· · ·I thought he worked it out. I
remember the issue, but I thought it was all
worked out” – A bit later he was more cross questioned in court about the 2005 and University license:
“Were there any repercussions for
Mr. Sexton once you found out that it had not
actually been worked out?
- · · A.· · ·Well, I think it was years later
that I actually found out.· Yeah, I was not
happy.· I was not happy.· Because it’s so easy to
work out.· It’s not like a big deal”
(Donald J. Trump, 10.12.2015).
So for Donald J. Trump there are no big-deal to own a unlicensed school, that takes in intuition and enrolls “students” to a school with so-called “handpicked” mentors and teachers, where the is no big deal, as it was not worked out with the New York State, and New York Law, when it comes to an educational facility, that is a big deal, because without the license the education is fraud and not worth the money the student fueled into it.
Here is some from one his former employee’s declaration:
“I worked for Trump University from May 2007 through October 2007. My title was Manager of Events Department. I worked at Trump University’s headquarters located at 40 Wall Street, New York, New York, which is also where Trump Organization is located” (…)”In my experience, the focus of Trump University was on making sales rather than on providing quality educational services. Trump University would lure consumers into the initial free course based upon the name and reputation of Donald Trump, and then once they were there, Trump University personnel would try to up-sell consumers to the next course using high-pressure sales tactics. Far from providing a “complete real estate education,” as advertised, Trump University personnel only provided enough information to get students to sign up for the next seminar or program. I recall instances in which consumers had paid for a class to learn how to make money investing in real estate, ask for more information, and the teacher would say, “if you want to get that, you have to buy the next package.” (…)”I am aware that instructors were trained to, and witnessed them, asking students during the $1,500 seminars to call their credit card companies and raise their credit limits two, three or four times so that they would be able to invest in real estate. They would tell students to max out their credit card because they would make their money back. They couldn’t raise their limit and use it the same day” (…)”While Trump University’s advertisements claimed it wanted to help consumers make money in real estate, in fact, based upon my experience, I believe that Trump University was only interested in selling every person the most expensive seminars they could possibly buy on credit” (Sommer, 19.09.2012).
Court order to allow the release of the Trump University Playbook of 2010:
“First, even under a lower “good cause” standard, Judge Gallo found that the majority of the information was either not confidential or only “arguably trade secret” when taken together as a compilation. The contents of the 2010 Playbook have since been publicly disclosed on the Internet, and the disputed material in the 2009 Playbook and the Field Team Playbook is largely duplicative of that in the 2010 Playbook. Thus, to the extent that the disputed material’s trade secret status rested on how it was compiled, the release of the entire compilation vitiates the argument that the compilation constituted a trade secret. Second, Defendant makes only conclusory assertions as to why the disputed material should be considered a trade secret, and upon review of the material, the Court agrees with Judge Gallo that it is largely “very routine and commonplace information.” (ECF No. 176, 27.05.2016). As the Trump University and Trump Organization didn’t wanted the Playbook released as the Playbook of 2010, would prove how the TU was made to sell most courses and programs to their students, instead of teaching them real-estate strategies of Donald Trump.
He is so well-organized that the TU was never licensed and never official educational facility, not in New York or any other State they had work-shops, the teacher set-up so they could get people to come to free workshops and buy 3-day courses, if not get them also to buy into the Gold-Elite Package of the Trump U. That proves the values of the man, as the bait-and-switch, the empty promises while not delivering any.
The man who shows a lot’s of empty promises, screaming wolf, without seeing any, and continues to scream wolf. So when the wolf arrives, people like me will not believe in him, as the only thing he delivers are lies. It doesn’t matter if he has dozen of good ratings, this was never an official or legal entity for education, the material was to sell classes and mentoring, not giving away educational material in the Real Estate business, so the vast evidence of conspiracy, says “fraud” and “lies” and “rubbish”. There are reasons for why you accredit schools and teachers, why they are educated and why you have NYSED who credits schools, as they are setting curriculum and books for the set teaching and the Educational Facilities so the people who pays intuition and get degree’s that they actually have a value and not sold like candy or even like hawkers selling papers on the street.
Here is also a tactic used to sell the products to the students:
You should watch this one:
One of the Promo Video’s:
One more clip about it:
I think that is enough for now and should be settled. Peace.
Attorney General of New York (Eric T. Schneiderman Vs. Trump University – (24.08.2013)
Attorney General of Texas (Greg Abbott) – ‘Certified Mail No. 7005 2570 0000 2876 6089
Return Receipt Requested’ – Civil Investigation Demand (06.01.2010)
Corinne Sommer – ‘DECLARATION OF CORINNE SOMMER DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION’ (19.09.2012)
Donald J. Trump : “ORAL AND VIDEOTAPED DEPOSITION OF· · · · · · · · · DONALD J. TRUMP · · · · · · ·Thursday, December 10, 2015 – Case 3:10-cv-00940-GPC-WVG Document 462-2 Filed 03/03/16 Page 5 of 129
Trump University Playbook – ‘ONE COMPANY. ONE CULTURE. ONE GOAL. Achieving Sustained Profitability in 2010’
United States District Court Southern District of California: “ART COHEN, Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated v. Donald J. Trump, CASE NO. 13-cv-2519-GPC-WVG Related Case: 10-cv-0940-GPC-WVG; [ECF No. 176]