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NY Times: Trump Institute Used Plagiarized Lessons

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By    |   Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 10:55 AM

Donald Trump lent his name and promoted a business seminar that used plagiarized lessons and left customers feeling swindled, according to a New York Times investigation.

It was called the Trump Institute, and its seminars in 2005 were billed as opportunities to hear Trump's "wealth-creating secrets and strategies," the Times reported. For $2,000, people were invited to hotel ballrooms around the country to learn how to get rich quick.

Except, like Trump University, Trump Institute failed to deliver on its promises, according to the Times report. The lesson materials used by TI, the Times found, had been plagiarized from a real estate manual published in 1995, titled "Real Estate Mastery System."

"That Trump Institute, what criminals they are," Carol Minto, who attended one seminar, told the Times.

TI also touted that Trump would handpick all the teachers for the seminar, but the Times reported the real estate mogul did not and, in fact, did very little hands-on with TI. However, Trump did do an infomercial promoting TI.

Though it bore his name, Trump Institute was owned by Irene and Mike Milin, reported the Times, a couple who had been running get-rich schemes since the 1980s and had run-ins with regulators in dozens of states for fraud and deceptive business practices.

Touted as "the best in the business" by one of Trump's executives in 2006, the Milins' tactics continued at TI, earning them an "F" from the Better Business Bureau, the Times reported.

Trump lawyer Alan Garten told the New York Times that Trump was unaware of the Milins' history and the plagiarism but defended the program.

"I stand by the curriculum that was taught at both Trump University and Trump Institute," Garten told the NYT.

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