There's an SAT academy that's been in operation for the past 15 years whose sole proprietor holds himself out to be a graduate of a distinguished university. In the Korean-American community, where a tutor attended college is given the most weight in deciding which tutor to select. However, upon research, it turns out that he has never attended the university. And when confronted, he threatened me, saying that "there will be consequences if his business reputation is harmed." I am a former student of his.
Relevant facts include.
- Average tuition is 1,500-2,000 for a summer class (taught mostly by him).
- Average enrollment during the summer is 50 students.
- Average college consulting service is 4,000-10,000.
He does show results with some of his students. However, his business is all about farming the best students, not helping students get into reach schools.
My question is whether this is a case of fraud in the state of California or falls under some other legal category.