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Who Is Ronald Schnackenberg…and What’s His Connection to Glenn Beck?

June 1, 2016, 4:26 PM UTC
Donald Trump, Michael Sexton
FILE- In this May 23, 2005 file photo, real estate mogul and Reality TV star Donald Trump, left, listens as Michael Sexton introduces him at a news conference in New York where he announced the establishment of Trump University. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing Trump for $40 million, saying that “Trump University” didn’t deliver on its advertised promise to make students rich, but instead steered them into expensive yet mostly useless seminars. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
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The Trump University scandal has bubbled up yet again for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, and this time there is on-the-record testimony from former employees essentially saying that the whole thing was a scam.

One former employee cited in various news reports is Ronald Schnackenberg, who served as a sales manager at the Trump Organization for eight months in 2006 and 2007.

“I believe that Trump University was a fraudulent scheme,” Schnackenberg said, according to a recently unsealed court document, “and that it preyed upon the elderly and the uneducated to separate them from their money.”

Related: Here Are Trump University’s Aggressive Sales ‘Playbooks’

According to a Linkedin profile, a Ronald Schnackenberg who worked for the Trump Organization at the same time as the man who gave the testimony is currently employed at Conversant LLC, a digital marketing company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Schnackenberg also says that during the whole time he worked for Trump University, he never once saw Donald Trump.

Attempts to reach Schnackenberg via Linkedin and through Conversant were unsuccessful. A request for comment from the Trump campaign was not immediately returned.

If this is indeed the same Ron Schnackenberg, he has another connection to the anti-Trump political force still growing in the U.S.: after he worked for Trump, he spent 11 months working at The Glenn Beck Program. Beck, a prominent conservative media personality, has been virulently anti-Trump since the beginning. Just this week, SiriusXM (SIRI) announced it is “evaluating” The Glenn Beck Program after suspending the program citing “comments recently made by a guest on the independently produced [show], in our judgment, may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office, which we cannot condone.”

Related: Here’s Why Glenn Beck Was Suspended From SiriusXM

Neither Glenn Beck nor SiriusXM could immediately be reached for comment.