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Mom of Heirs to Doris Duke Fortune Asked for Cash to Buy $29M Ranch

NEW YORK CITY — The mother of teen twins who stand to inherit Doris Duke's massive fortune apparently has expensive tastes — especially when her kids are footing the bill.

Daisha Inman recently hit up the 15-year-old heirs' trust fund for cash to buy a breathtaking $29 million ranch outside of Park City, Utah, according to court records. While house-hunting, she also allegedly wanted the trust to pay for a $120,000-a-month stay at a St. Regis Hotel in Park City.

The trust's administrator, JPMorgan, outlined Inman's extravagant demands in a Feb. 13 affidavit filed in Manhattan Surrogate's Court, claiming her requests would quickly eat up the twins' fund before they became adults.

DNAinfo.com New York first reported in October that the banking giant was locked in a bitter battle with Inman and her children, Georgia and Walker, over the way the trust money has been spent.

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.

Last month's affidavit claims that in October Daisha and her kids suddenly moved without notice from South Carolina to Park City, checking into the St. Regis. JPMorgan says that while caught by surprise, it "went to great lengths" to make sure the family could temporarily remain at the hotel as Daisha looked for a rental property.

She instead asked for funding to buy RiverBend Ranch, a sprawling 214-acre estate nestled along the Weber River and 25 minutes outside the town which hosts the Sundance Film Festival each year.

The eight-bedroom, nine-bathroom home comes equipped with a state-of-the-art theater, a billiards loft and other high-end amenities.

While the dream home was valued at $29 million, Daisha allegedly told the trustees that her real estate broker suggested that it could be bought for a mere $16 million.

JPMorgan said it denied her request because it would have wiped out half the trust's value. The bank was also wary that Daisha wouldn't remain in Utah, noting in the affidavit that before she bolted South Carolina, she had asked for funds for a $4.3 million pad.

Even after the trustees' denial, Daisha pushed for the cash and stayed put in the St. Regis. But in December, JPMorgan told her that she and the twins had to leave the hotel because its rates would rise dramatically to $120,000 a month and require a three-month-minimum stay.

At the time, Daisha claimed that JPMorgan doesn't adequately dole out cash for her kids' needs and that it wanted to force them into a one-bedroom apartment, according to an earlier court filing.

JPMorgan says it gave her $15,000 to pay for another hotel for December and never suggested she move into a one-bedroom apartment. The trustees also wired her $31,000 for Christmas presents and travel, according to the affidavit.

When she moved her family to Utah, Daisha enrolled her kids in a school called Educational Advantage. JPMorgan paid their tuition for October, November and December. But when Daisha balked at providing the trustees with an invoice for the school in January, JPMorgan withheld funds.

The bank finally paid the tuition when it received an invoice on Jan. 28, but by then the school had temporarily suspended the heirs for being delinquent on their bill. They were reinstated after the trust's payment.

The twins' father died of a methadone overdose in 2010. Walker Patterson Inman Jr., a five-times-married playboy, once claimed during a custody battle with Daisha that the twins would be worth $500 million each when they turn 21. 

The affidavit claims that the JPMorgan trust is only worth a little more than $29 million.