Tarek El Moussa and Christina El Moussa just made the announcement that they are ending their seven-year marriage but that’s not the only bad news for the Flip or Flop stars. In Touch has learned that the couple has also been under fire for one of their businesses’ practices.

Success Path, a real estate investment seminar venture promoted by the couple, has been widely criticized by experts who say they are charging a fortune for information that can be had for a fraction of the cost — as In Touch previously reported.

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Now, Justin Best, a Boynton Beach, Fla.–based combat veteran and married father of four, says that after receiving $85,000 from the Marine Corps to retire following 13 years of honorable service, he spent a fortune on Success Path seminars and coaching that he says led nowhere.

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“It’s the worst kind of thing to do — to take someone who doesn’t understand an industry and just lie through your teeth,” Justin claims. “It just destroyed us.”

Justin didn’t just pay cash — he and his wife maxed out their credit cards to pay for Success Path courses. “They teach you how to get an increase on all your credit limits, using a script they give you to talk to your credit card companies,” Justin explains.

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“I committed myself to the belief that if you really worked hard enough, it would work out.” But after three months, he says he’d “gotten screwed,” and demanded a refund. The company eventually gave him a $19,000 refund in exchange for promising not to sue or complain in a “non disparage agreement.”

Justin and his wife are still deeply in debt and their credit score has plummeted, he says. “We feel like all our hopes and dreams and plans were just demolished.”

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