Mom of Doris Duke Heirs Uses Guards to Thwart Legal Action, Court Docs Say
NEW YORK CITY — The mother of the teen twin heirs to Doris Duke's hefty fortune keeps a wall of muscle between her and JPMorgan lawyers demanding to know how she's spending her kids' cash.
Daisha Inman recently had a team of tough guys prevent a process server from handing her court papers ordering an accounting of her children's monthly expenses, according to an affidavit.
"She told me that she would not be served and that her SWAT team and body guards would not let me anywhere near her," the server, Nik Coffen, said in the affidavit after five days of failed attempts to give her the papers.
JPMorgan supervises a $29 million trust for Inman's 15-year-old twins, Walker and Georgia, but the banking giant and the mom have been locked in a legal battle in Manhattan Surrogate's Court over accusations she's squandering their inheritance.
JPMorgan says it makes monthly financial payments to Daisha Inman to support her children, but she refuses to provide receipts on how the money is spent.
The bank has also accused her of hitting up the trust for lavish handouts, including $50,000 to buy Christmas presents and $16 million to buy a sprawling compound in Park City, Utah.
Daisha Inman has countered that the trust has been too stingy in the monthly allowances it gives her to support her kids.
In court papers filed April 1, the bank claimed she was dating Randy Williams, a convicted child molester, and that he was also making a play for the teens' money. A month later it asked the court to compel her to account for her expenses and to block Williams from going near the kids' money.
On May 9, Coffen tried to serve Inman a copy of those papers at her Park City home, but she wasn't there, according to his affidavit. Instead the twins answered the door, said their mom was staying with a friend for the week and gave Coffen her phone number.
After two days of phone tag, Daisha returned his call and, during an 11 minute conversation, warned him that her bodyguards wouldn't let him serve her, Coffen said.
"She was not cooperative at all," Coffen said in the June 20 affidavit. "She said she wasn't going to be served as the papers I intended to serve hadn't been filed correctly through Utah courts."
On May 14 Coffen went to her Park City home again, but this time a security guard blocked him from entering, he said.
A preliminary hearing about the accounting request was held in Manhattan on June 28. Inman did not attend. She declined to comment for this story.