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Houston Modeling School Closes, No Refunds For Students

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The lure of their child being the next big Disney star caught thousands of parents hook line and sinker.

The Houston school making that claim, John Robert Powers school of modeling and acting was the subject of an exclusive Fox 26 hidden camera investigation.

Back in May a FOX 26 employee with a hidden camera was just one of hundreds of parents who showed up after hearing an ad on the radio: An ad touting an open casting call for the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.

"Is this really for a Disney gig they said yes this is really for a Disney gig," parent Heidi Thompson said.

It looked like John Robert Powers forgot to tell Disney about it.

Through their attorney Disney stated it had no knowledge of the auditions going on here in Houston.

During the audition FOX 26 Investigates attended it became clear.

The whole thing was a sales pitch for expensive acting and modeling classes. In fact our employee, whose daughter got a call back, was flat out told don't bother to come back if you're not going to spend some bucks.

Parents were shelling out money to John Robert Powers, some to the tune of $10,000.

The Better Business Bureau, which already had numerous complaints against the school got even more after our hidden camera investigation aired.

“We did, It really got the word out there about the reality of what was going on with these so-called Disney tryouts,” the bureau's Monica Russo said.

John Robert Powers got locked out of their Galleria area office on Aug. 1st for failing to pay the rent.

Its website first stated classes would be held at an area hotel but now says the school is closed and refunds won't be offered.

FOX 26 Investigates called and e-mailed John Robert Powers for weeks – the only response, was no response.

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