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Phony Nursing School Rolled Them, 13 Say

BROOKLYN (CN) - Thirteen people say the Envision Review Center, on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, charged them $10,000 to $20,000 apiece for a 1-year course in nursing and "surgical tech," falsely claiming to be "affiliated with a university in Belize." But Envision, run by Carline D'Haiti, is not affiliated with any university, the university in Belize "does not actually exist," and after completing the course, the students say they were not qualified for anything.

The 13 plaintiffs, most of whom appear to be Haitian, say Carline D'Haiti is the sole owner and operator of Envision, which she runs out of her home in Brooklyn.

D'Haiti claimed that completing the 1-year course would "provide the student with a written transcript that will enable them to sit for the state NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN examinations." D'Haiti also promised "internships for its students to gain actual work experience and training," according to the complaint in Kings County Court.

But it was all a fraud, the students say. They didn't even get transcripts. The university in Belize "does not now, nor ever has, existed," nor did the internships, and though D'Haiti promised them refunds, they never got them either.

Jacques Antoine says he paid $11,375 in tuition; Tepson Calasse says he paid $17,475; Shereen France says she paid $20,000; and so on.

The students want their money back, and then some. They are represented by Jamie Andrew Schreck.

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