A ‘dishonest’ headmistress of a bogus business school has been found guilty of fraud and false advertising.
Dr Tina Beloveth Powerful, 47, ran Everest School of Transformational Leadership in Milton Keynes which offered a range of courses, degrees and facilities on its website.
But Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court said: “There was no evidence that any of the facilities, including a library and computers referred to on the Everest website, existed.”
Trading Standards officers brought the case against Powerful and the school, which did not have the power to offer the courses and degrees.
She was also accused of posting untrue statements on her website, although she denied any intention to mislead anyone.
She had earlier told the court: “I had no intention to mislead anybody as the school was still in the planning stage and hasn’t offered any degrees to anybody.”
Powerful blamed a website developer for including details of how to pay but said ‘no-one had been charged for the bible studies course’.
She had held a graduation ceremony, and used a company that provided services used by Oxford University to supply gowns, to give the impression that students could obtain degrees.
Dr Powerful will be sentenced at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on July 10.
In February 2014 Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was seeking damages and an injunction from the school, because at the time it had been named Havard.
But Nigerian Powerful launched a £2 million counter-claim and the case was settled out of court with Harvard University paying the school a ‘nominal amount ‘to change its name.
It then became the Everest School of Transformational Leadership.