Students accuse beauty school of forging loan documents
The Georgia Beauty Academy shutdown was followed by eight police reports, filed by former students, alleging fraud and licensing issues.
UPDATE: A North Georgia beauty school recently shut its doors and now students are accusing the school's owner of forging loan documents and using unlicensed instructors.
The Secretary of State's license database lists the Georgia Beauty Academy as officially closed, and the doors at the school remain locked.
The shutdown was followed by eight police reports, filed by former students, alleging fraud and licensing issues.
One student said her signature was forged on student loan documents totaling $5,500. She showed police the documents.
Another student claims the owner of the school signed her up for federal student aid without her consent, and attempted several times to take loans out in her name, but she called to cancel them.
Those are just a few of the allegations the Dalton Police Department is investigating.
"At least one student's made the allegation that their signature has been forged, and there's no way around it. That would be a crime if that's indeed the case," said Dalton Police Department spokesperson Bruce Frazier.
Another student alleges she can't transfer to another school because the school's instructors were not licensed, making her certifications worthless.
However, the teacher in question in the report, shows an active license on the Georgia Secretary of State's website.
The last school inspection report listed online is from 2015.
Police said they still need to speak with the school's owner before deciding if charges will be filed.
"We haven't had the chance to talk with the school and see exactly how those things kind of played out," explained Frazier.
Police tell Channel 3 they have at least nine complaints so far. They said there were no complaints filed against the school before it closed.
Channel 3 attempted to reach the school and its owner for comment, and will continue to do so.
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A total of seven students told Dalton police that the school forged signatures on loan documents, used unlicensed instructors and provided certifications that could not be used.
The students showed documents to the responding officers supporting their claims.
The school appears to be now permanently closed.
This is a developing story and will be updated.