The #MyTechBestfriend fallout continues

The #MyTechBestfriend fallout continues

Bad blood Tech boot camp MyTechBestfriend is still in business, according to close to a dozen people who spoke with TechCrunch.

November TechCrunch detailed Mary Awodele was the founder of MTBF in Texas. She had a falling out with her students. Students accused Awodele, the founder of the Texas-based MTBF, of bullying and harassment, while alleging that the MTBF program, costing up to $6,000, was comprised of plagiarized courses that could easily be found online at a lower price. Awodele stated that she could not comment on these allegations at the time because of ongoing legal proceedings.

Those who have spoken out against Awodele’s program and its policies say they are having difficulty getting refunds and are being harassed.

Awodele posted online, in an Instagram story screenshot that TechCrunch saw, that she plans to rebrand her company in the new year. A Texas-based lawyer was also hired by her. Kim Daily, and so on Curt Bendera Florida attorney who is consulting with MTBF. TechCrunch did not receive any response from Daily or Awodele to our requests for comment. However, Bender responded to Awodele’s questions. Bender stated that MTBF does not have any plans to rebrand.

Students claimed that they started contacting Stripe to request refunds. TechCrunch received receipts from Stripe. MTBF posted an Instagram story stating that the new program it was planning to launch would be for people who are “Affirm, Clarna or Afterpay type of person.” MTBF also stated that it would explore career services and will vet potential students to ensure that the program has a more mature crowd.

#MyTechFallout continues

Awodele’s disagreement with her students is centered on the fees for MTBF courses. Awodele promised students that she would issue refunds to anyone who dropped out in the wake of the November fallout. However, the course contract students signed stated that MTBF would not process refunds. TechCrunch received complaints from students that Awodele has not fulfilled her promises regarding the refund process.

TechCrunch received a November 18 email from MTBF. It shows that an employee at MTBF agreed to refund Shay, a former student, within 10 days. Shay called MTBF after ten days, and they replied: “Hi. Please call your bank and do not email us again. We are grateful.

There were still many allegations about the program’s fraud. TechCrunch received receipts from MTBF from students. This showed that the transactions were treated as gifts and not services. This can be a way to avoid tax on revenue generated. This revenue misclassification could impact the tax treatment of MTBF and could land Awodele in serious legal trouble. Reischer & Reischer TechCrunch.

Bender stated that MTBF was unaware that scholarships were being treated as gifts and that it is rectifying and remedying the situation.

TechCrunch has seen correspondence indicating that Awodele threatened to report multiple students at credit bureaus if she lost bank disputes. Bender said that MTBF “never sent anybody to a credit bureau”, but that it “engaged with Fidelity information Corporation in two instances.”

Victoria, a former student, used a pseudonym to avoid retribution from Awodele and successfully challenged MTBF’s tuition with the bank. TechCrunch documents show that she received a letter from Fidelity Information Corporation. This is a collection agency. The letter was an attempt to recover tuition money for MTBF. It listed an address associated to an apartment building in Houston and not FIC which is based out of Los Angeles. (Bender claimed that this was due to FIC’s engagement terms. FIC could not reach Bender for comment.

Many students continue to report MTBF to the Texas Workforce Commission, the FBI, and the IRS. Some students claim that all three have reached out to them regarding the allegations against MTBF. (The IRS declined comment, while TWC and the FBI did not immediately respond to a request to comment. Bender stated that “MTBF is currently in the process” of meeting. [TWC] regulatory demands” and that “at least one former student said the FBI and FTC reached them.”

Students who spoke out against MTBF allegations say they still face harassment. Charlie, a former student awoke to receive text messages on December 15th, one of which read that her name was in a Haitian pot.

“Pray for the evil in your heart. If you start to experience bad luck, don’t be discouraged. It’s not you. It’s done. Let it be. “Ashe,” was the text message, followed by a photograph of what appears to have been an object used in voodoo.

TechCrunch was told by Bender that MTBF’s founder is both a Christian and Nigerian, and neither practice.[s] nor participate[s] in voodoo.” He said that MTBF does however use “hippie-esque practices” with students, such as lighting candles and manifestation for personal achievement.

He noted, “But never anything against the enemies.”

Charlie, whose last name is withheld, believes that Awodele gave Charlie her number to harass her. TechCrunch reported previously that Awodele had a #MTBFSPECIALFORCES group, which she used to harass people who were critical of her or the company. TechCrunch reached Awodele’s lawyer for comment two hours later. Charlie received a message by Bender stating that neither MTBF nor its affiliates were involved in the alleged threats. This was the same question TechCrunch had asked them hours earlier.

TechCrunch received an email from Bender that stated, “Please report these threats to law enforcement. MTBF will assist in any investigations.” Charlie replied, “There is nothing to be said except that I’ll see your in court.”

Many people have been scared by the voodoo incident, which has made it difficult for students to enroll in the program. TechCrunch spoke to a current student who requested anonymity to avoid retaliation from Awodele. Although MTBF is now back in session, it is not clear how many students have dropped out and how many are still enrolled.

Amber, a former student who used a pseudonym to hide her identity in fear of Awodele’s retribution, described the founder as a narcissist with God complex. “We won’t stop until she’s unable to make this happen to anyone else.”

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