Give this much to Donald Trump: The man knows how to grift.
In addition to the notorious Trump University scam, it looks like Trump also lent his name to an equally shady get-rich-quick seminar program known as the Trump Institute.
The New York Times reports that the Trump Institute was run by a couple, named Irene and Mike Milin, “who had run afoul of regulators in dozens of states and been dogged by accusations of deceptive business practices and fraud for decades.”
Just as with Trump University, the Trump Institute told prospective students that all of its instructors would be handpicked by Donald Trump, even though none of them were. Even more damning is the fact that the Institute used lesson plans that were clearly plagiarized from a book published in 1995, despite assurances from the Institute that students would learn Trump’s own “wealth-creating secrets and strategies.”
The Times caught up with some a student of the Trump Institute who was predictably not pleased with their experience.
“That Trump Institute, what criminals they are,” said one former student, a retired court reporter named Carol Minto. “They wanted to steal my money.”
The whole report is very thorough and can be found at this link.