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Diane Harkey, Dana Point

It’s shameful that Mr. Sipolski can still not tell the truth after a grueling “civil” jury trial in 2013 where numerous hurtful allegations against me were dismissed or ruled in my favor, including false claims about my home.

In fact, the plaintiffs, including Mr. Sipolski, and the court dismissed me with prejudice which means, “We’re sorry, we made a mistake and we won’t do it again.” Nonetheless, letters such as these circulate each election cycle.

For the record, I have lived in Dana Point for most of my adult life and worked hard for what I have. I graduated at 17, began supporting my family, started a banking career at the age of 20 and worked my way through community college and UCI, earning a degree in economics, while progressing with my career. I’ve raised a daughter, worked and volunteered in the community for years. I was elected to serve on Dana Point City Council and served as mayor, where we finally approved what is now the Harbor Development Plan. I was elected by citizens to serve three terms in the Legislature, the first to fight against the wasteful High Speed Rail plan and Sacramento’s tax-draining schemes; returned Orange County’s $50 million “swiped” vehicle license fees; helped San Juan Capistrano to amend housing laws to increase options for affordable housing for existing units; resolved water quality and other issues. Then you elected me to serve four counties with regard to tax policy, where I became the first Republican chair of the board in 15 years. From this constitutional office, we assisted over 500 taxpayers with vexing issues, resolved appeals and saved lives and businesses daily.

I’ve worked hard for you, cleared my name through a grueling forensic analysis and court trial. Understand that wannabe political opponents, with no record of service, regurgitate unfounded smears. Consider the source, my endorsements (law enforcement, Orange County Register included) and record of service. The 2008 crash was terrible, but I know who I am, I know the truth and I want you to know it too. See for more information.

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  • You enjoyed a lavish lifestyle in all those years your husband ran his multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.. You don’t remember his months-long Financial Elder Abuse trial in which he was found guilty? And all those seniors and their sad stories of lost savings? You don’t know he refused to pay the plaintiffs one dime despite the court order? Selective memory for a supposed representative of those people.

    • I personally sat in the courtroom and observed the trial Ms. Harkey refers to every day for several weeks. Contrary to her letter to this publication, Ms. Harkey was rarely present and only for the few brief moments she was examined about her involvement with her husband’s business. It could and should have been grueling but she was rarely there. Essential discovery (requested from the Harkey’s company 18 times and ordered by the court) was never produced. Diane wasn’t dismissed because plaintiffs “made a mistake”.

      What it really means, in my personal opinion, is that Dan Harkey effectively insulated Diane by repeatedly failing to turn over discovery and sanitizing the company’s communications, documents, and records. She was dismissed because critical evidence was willfully withheld from the case.

      Expert testimony in the trial demonstrated the company’s sleight of hand accounting and operations easily met the elements of a Ponzi scheme. It was this very scheme that enriched the Harkeys with a $13 million company distribution in 2006, right before over 1,500 scammed mortgage pool and note program investors had their investment redemptions frozen because the company was left under-capitalized. Truth be told, over 2,500 Point Center investors lost well in excess of $500,000,000 in retirement savings while the Harkeys got richer.

      When that kind of money is in play how can Diane Harkey be blind? She was clearly the beneficiary of her husband’s bad faith dealings. Dan Harkey had company accountants transfer $11,500 every month to Diane. He gave her $1,500,000 to self-fund her state assembly campaigns. This was money “earned” from the backs of Harkey’s impoverished investors.

      State Assemblywoman Harkey could have made a stand in support of the victims purportedly defrauded by her husband. She could have distanced herself from Dan the moment she knew her husband was scamming his investors. (She had to know. A wife with Diane’s purported “capabilities” always knows what her husband is up to.) She not only chose not to distance herself, but she aided and abetted her husband’s efforts to artificially burden her husband’s companies and assets so they could not be attached by the prevailing litigation plaintiffs (a matter of public record).

      In 2014, Diane and Dan Harkey orchestrated a sham divorce to insulate community property from attachment. Yet six (6) months later, Dan was repeatedly observed to be living back home with Diane who, until confronted very recently, was seen sporting her wedding ring from Dan.

      Any woman who perpetrates a sham divorce, supports a man she knows scammed thousands of hopeful unsuspecting victims of hundreds of millions of dollars in retirement funds, and then benefited by allowing her campaign to be funded off the backs of those same defrauded victims, will without question, allow her constituents to be scammed and defrauded while she’s in elected office. She is not the Republican candidate Californians or the Nation wants for Congress.

      Who’s telling the truth? It’s not Diane Harkey.

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