Lawyers for disgruntled investors in Point Center Financial, the Aliso Viejo company owned by Dan Harkey, husband of Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point), have told their clients the trial is a go this morning.
The investors essentially allege that Dan Harkey lied to them when he sold them on funding developments pushed by campaign contributors to Diane Harkey . . . before those projects went south.
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Diane Harkey claimed while first running for state office that she was a self-made woman, financing her campaigns with money she earned during her "six-figure" banking career. But it was later disclosed $16,000 in campaign funds came from three developers who received millions in loans from Point Center Financial.
After a few projects from some of the same developers blew up, leaving investors holding the bag, the Securities and Exchange Commission launched an investigation in 2009. The burned investors followed up by suing for fraud.
Which brings us to today's court proceedings. Disgruntled investors keep the interested updated through websites like DanHarkeyRevealed.com, while the Harkeys supporters can get the counterpoint at PointCenterTruth.com.