Child Molester May be Trying to Get Doris Duke Heirs' Cash, Court Doc Says
NEW YORK CITY — A convicted child molester who dates the mother of the twin heirs to Doris Duke's massive fortune may be making a play for their money, new court papers charge.
JPMorgan, the administrator of a trust that provides for the 15-year-old twin heirs, claims in an April 1 legal filing in Manhattan Surrogate's Court that it fears sex offender Randy Williams, 49, has been using their mom's email to hit the fund up for handouts.
The twins' mom, Daisha Inman, 52, is also accused in the filing of acting "erratic and hostile," and making increasingly suspicious requests, including money to purchase gold coins and cash to fund a Las Vegas vacation for the family.
JPMorgan says that recently it grew so worried about her behavior and her hookup with Williams that it added precautions in distributing funds for Christmas presents and rent.
"Concerned about Randy Williams' proximity to the children, his potential involvement in the children's financial affairs, and petitioner's continued difficulties with Ms. Inman — including Ms. Inman's failure to account for funds advanced to her — [JPMorgan] determined in December 2012 that it would not transfer significant funds that had been approved for housing and holiday expenses to Ms. Inman's own bank account as it had done in the past," the company says in the filing.
Instead, the trustees placed funds in a Uniform Transfers to Minors Act account, which offered greater court oversight.
JPMorgan says that Williams and Daisha Inman married in 2003 and later divorced, but that the two have remained romantically involved.
A commercial real estate broker, Williams was convicted of molesting his stepdaughters from another marriage, according to JPMorgan's filing. He is also prohibited from having contact with with his son after a Washington state court determined he sexually abused and neglected the boy, the filing adds.
JPMorgan also claims a court recently entered a restraining order barring Williams from communicating with the Duke heirs — Walker Patterson Inman III and Georgia Inman — because of the threat he poses to them.
The filing doesn't specify where and when the restraining order was filed, or if it has been lifted.
JPMorgan claims that in October 2012, it began receiving suspicious emails signed by Daisha Inman, including requests for the gold coins and the Las Vegas trip.
The bank accuses Williams of actually writing them — and points to the emails' origins as proof.
Some of the emails were sent from Park City, Utah, where Daisha Inman and her kids currently reside, but others that followed moments later originated 300 miles away in St. George, Utah, the filing says.
Last year Daisha Inman also asked JPMorgan for $4.3 million to buy a home in South Carolina. Williams, using the alias Greg Hiemstra, acted as the real estate broker, the filing says. JPMorgan accused her and Williams of conspiring to split his 3 percent commission if the sale went through.
JPMorgan is also suspicious that Williams was more recently involved in Daisha Inman's request to buy a stunning $29 million ranch outside Park City.
The filing asks that the court bar her from allowing Williams to act on her behalf or to benefit from the heirs' trust, which is valued at more than $29 million. The filing also demands that she provide a full accounting of how she has spent her children's money and to keep records of her expenditures.
Daisha Inman did not respond to a request for comment for this story. Williams could not be reached for comment.
The accusations are the latest turn in a bizarre family saga.
The twins inherited the trust from their late dad, Walker Patterson Inman Jr., the nephew of Doris Duke, the late tobacco heiress and philanthropist who split her time between a $44 million Upper East Side mansion and a 2,740-acre New Jersey farm.
As DNAinfo.com New York first reported in October, JPMorgan has been locked in a legal battle with Daisha Inman, accusing her of draining the trust to support her lavish lifestyle and not providing receipts on how she spends the money.
JPMorgan has doled out more than $850,000 to the mom over the past three years to cover her kids' food, housing, education, Christmas presents and vacation, according to the filing. A $120,000-a-month stay is one of her more extravagant demands JPMorgan turned down.
Daisha Inman has countered that JPMorgan doesn't fork up enough dough, and that its stinginess nearly got the family evicted and the kids' expelled.
JPMorgan declined to comment.