To Whom It May Concern,
On April 30, I registered and paid for my daughter, Kelly, to attend a five-week immersion dance program at HITS NY, LLC (147 West 35th St. #707, New York, NY 10001-212.600.1873, cell: 347.703.1104; www.hitsny.com) from July 13 to August 27. We were told that there were 18 students in total already registered for the program and that they would only accept a few more.
On Tuesday, May 1 we visited Pearl Studios at 500 8th Avenue, NY, NY where they hold most of their classes and I gave them a $5,000.00 check for this service after we signed a contract, a copy is available along with other documentation. In the contract it indicates that for a full refund, HITSNY LLC has 14 grace days to return the amount of $5,000.00 (Five Thousand Dollars) to Kelly Blake. I should also mention that the $5,000.00 was withdrawn from my daughters 529 College Fund, Securities Exchange.
Prior to signing the contract and paying the money, the marketing manager Lois Chun provided us with three references, two of whom confirmed HITS NYs legitimacy: Sue Cheng (Taryn Chengs mother, 626-215-3186); and Eric Rosenbaum (Esperanzas father, 646-234-9172). The third reference was Steve Roth who owns Pearl Studios, the facility that they rent for the program (212-904-1850, ext. 3). Mr. Roth did not return my calls. I should also mention that the day before Ms. Chun cancelled the program, Mr. Rosenbaum called to warn us that things were not above board and services as promised were not being rendered and his daughter dropped out. He said he couldnt elaborate because he had signed some sort of non-disclosure agreement with HITS NY.
On Monday July 9, four days before the program was to begin, Ms. Chun called and told us the program was being changed to four weeks because some students did not pay.
On July 11, she called and cancelled the program, which was to begin on July 13. We were told that our money would be refunded via bank check on or before July 31.
From July 11 and on I have been in almost daily contact (or attempted contact) with Ms. Chun to ensure that we would be repaid the money.
In addition to other non-stop calls and emails, I emailed Ms. Chun on July 31 to inform her that I had not yet received the check and wanted to know when I would receive it.
My most recent contact with her was today, August 7 to ask her where the check was and she informed me that their bank, Chase Bank, is investigating HITS NY, LLC because they deposited two fake checks, which she claims she received from a parent in payment for the summer bootcamp. Therefore, the account was frozen.
Every time I speak with her I get a different story.
She also indicated that she was attempting to set up a new corporation under a new name with a new bank account so she could refund all the parents money for the cancelled summer bootcamp.
When you review all the materials and the contract, it becomes apparent that HITS NY, LLC is a fraud and this program was and is a scam. Additionally, if they reincorporate they will continue to scam other people.
This business needs to be investigated and exposed for what it is.
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I also have the names of at least eight other parents.