Questions Raised About Financial Seminar in St. Pete

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – A Clearwater couple is concerned after they say they attended a financial seminar over the weekend that they believe is a scam.

Joshua Steendam and his girlfriend, Kendra Keller, were looking forward to learning how to make money in real estate. They went to a “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” seminar, held at the Hilton Carillon Park in St Petersburg. It’s based on financial teachings from author Robert Kiyosaki.

But Steendam says the seminars were just a way to push people into forking over money for more classes. He says he learned very little about real estate. According to Steendam, on Saturday he felt pressure to shell out cash for more classes that cost between $11,000-44,000.

In fact, he says everyone was asked to come up with $50,000 by Sunday to start up their business. The couple never returned on Sunday.

10 News showed up to the seminar Sunday at the Hilton, but seminar officials inside did not allow cameras and didn’t want to be interviewed. They instead referred us to a corporate person.

Someone from Tigrent Inc., the company who puts on these seminars across the country for Rich Dad Education, did, however, say their program does work and has helped tens of thousands of people.

But, according to the Better Business Bureau, Tigrent, which is not BBB accredited, has received dozens of complaints over the years about sales practices, refund disputes and unsatisfactory business performance.

The Tigrent official insists complaints found on the web are mostly from competitors.

10 News did leave a message with the corporate person from Tigrent we were referred to. We have not heard anything back as yet.