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Unlicensed barber school allegedly took thousands of dollars – then vanished

“The head,” marked in the 14 spots to correctly shave sits in a chair while cuts are done Tuesday morning at the Moler Barber College on El Camino Ave in Sacramento, California. July 19, 2005
“The head,” marked in the 14 spots to correctly shave sits in a chair while cuts are done Tuesday morning at the Moler Barber College on El Camino Ave in Sacramento, California. July 19, 2005 Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

The bureau that oversees California’s vocational schools is investigating whether the defunct Moler Barber College in Sacramento resumed operations without a license, a spokeswoman for state Department of Consumer Affairs said Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Joyia Emard, said the investigation opened Monday after Channel 40 (KTXL) reported that students paid thousands of dollars for barber training and then last week found the college on Northgate Boulevard chained shut with its furniture gone. One student told Channel 40 he paid $2,400 and received a diploma the same day.

Online documents for the state Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, which oversees vocational schools, cited numerous regulatory deficiencies leading to Moler’s closure in April. The college previously operated at 725 J St., Sacramento.

The owner, identified in state documents as Keno Modica, could not be reached for comment.

Emard said Tuesday the school was not supposed to be “operating, accepting money, holding classes or any of that.”

She said the bureau will conduct the investigation and work with the state attorney general’s office on issuing any citation. The bureau can impose fines of up to $50,000, Emard said.

She said even if students had completed coursework, they would have been ineligible to take a test and get a license from the state Board of Barbering and Cosmetology because the Sacramento company was not operating a state-recognized barber program.

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