San Francisco man arrested, charged in massage school scam

A San Francisco man arrested last week was charged Monday with 10 counts of grand theft in connection with a phony massage school he reportedly ran that promised students they would become licensed massage therapists, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Frank Tu, 65, reportedly operated California Technology University at 1030 Taraval St., court records show.

Tu began offering classes in 2011 and he allegedly told his students they would become fully licensed massage therapists. However, since his school was not accredited, that was not true.

Ten victims paid between $1,500 and $3,000 each, resulting in a total loss of $17,000, according to court records. All of the victims were Chinese immigrants who only speak Chinese.

Tu was arraigned Monday and he pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released on his own recognizance.

Tu reportedly faces similar charges in Alameda County connected to a massage school in Oakland, court records show.

His arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and District Attorney’s Office investigator Jason Collom.

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