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Husband of O.C. assemblywoman accused of misleading investors

The Department of Real Estate alleges that Dan Harkey, the husband of Assemblywoman Diane L. Harkey, misled investors in his real estate lending business.

December 03, 2013|By Stuart Pfeifer
  • Using videos and live presentations, Dan Harkey attracted wealthy investors to his lending business, using their money to finance hundreds of millions of dollars in loans.
Using videos and live presentations, Dan Harkey attracted wealthy investors… (Point Center Financial…)

California regulators have accused the husband of an Orange County assemblywoman of misleading investors in his real estate lending business.

The Department of Real Estate alleged that Dan Harkey, husband of Assemblywoman Diane L. Harkey (R-Dana Point), engaged in self-dealing and made "misrepresentations of fact to investors."

The agency's disciplinary action seeks to suspend or revoke the corporate broker license issued to Harkey's three companies, Point Center Financial Inc., National Financial Lending Inc. and Calcomm Capital Inc.

An administrative hearing on the accusation, filed Nov. 19, has not been scheduled.

Harkey's attorney, Jeffrey Benice, said Harkey did nothing wrong and will defend himself vigorously. "We expect the DRE will dismiss its accusation," he said.

Using videos and live presentations, Harkey attracted wealthy investors to his lending business, using their money to finance hundreds of millions of dollars in loans. The company began to falter in 2007 when many of its borrowers defaulted, sending the loans into foreclosure.

In July, an Orange County Superior Court jury ordered Harkey and Point Center to pay more than $10 million in damages to investors. They had accused Harkey of using their money to issue ill-advised real estate loans and to pocket exorbitant fees from loans on failed projects.

Lloyd Charton, a Harkey neighbor and investor, said he was pleased to learn about the agency's action.

"One of the reasons we filed the lawsuit was to make sure Dan Harkey would not be allowed to do it to another group of investors," Charton said. "Now the public will be protected from Dan Harkey."

Point Center filed for bankruptcy this year.

stuart.pfeifer@latimes.com

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