Michael Greco is another grateful student who calls the lawsuit baseless. After a free introductory presentation, the New Jersey resident spent $500 for an online tutorial offered by Trump.
“I got my value, and it was real value,” Greco said, adding that he never felt pressured to pay or do any more than that. “I got my money’s worth.”
According to the lawsuit, some students in the initial three-day group seminar costing $1,495 were upset that they were pressured to take more expensive Trump “Elite” programs.
Asked for names of students who testified for the lawsuit, Schneiderman’s office provided only two — Guillo’s and Hanna’s.
Another student claiming the program didn’t fulfill its promise of insider expertise is Sema Tekinay. She said she paid $10,000 in 2009 and was supposed to get three instructor-led courses in New York or New Jersey — near her Manhattan home — with access to advisers to guide her to private lenders and foreclosed properties.
Instead, she said, she was told the courses would be offered in Texas and California — and then, only online.
She tried to cancel but was told she could not because three days had already passed.
“I felt fooled,” she said.
Another student, Gregory Ryan, has sued Trump University separately in state court on Long Island, saying he was the victim of a $25,000 “rip-off.”
And in California, Tarla Makaeff filed a class-action lawsuit against Trump in San Diego federal court, claiming she was scammed out of nearly $60,000 while attending seminars in 2008.