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Donald Dayton Lukens

Wrong Donald Dayton Lukens?

Student

Phone: (805) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: d***@***.us
Channel Islands High School
1400 Raiders Way
Oxnard, California 93033
United States

 
Background

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Appraiser for the County Assessor
    Ventura
  • Registered business

Education

  • Moorpark College
  • degree , finance
    California State University , Northridge
Web References
Man Behind Money Pit, by TJ Sullivan
www.tjsullivanla.com, 20 May 2001 [cached]
Before the investors began demanding their dollars back, Donald Dayton Lukens enjoyed an enviable life enriched with the adornments of wealth - golden, wall-mounted towel warmers in his master bathroom … three housekeepers … an in-home, Las Vegas-style barroom.
...
Before all that, Lukens, known to friends as "Donnie," was living the life of a would-be legend.
He had a 17th-floor office in the tallest building in Ventura County - the Financial Plaza, 300 Esplanade Drive, Oxnard - a space decorated with pictures of celebrities and athletes, including a huge screen on which he projected the images of some of his better known clients. He delighted in mentioning the celebrities with whom he had deals and associations - people like Utah Jazz forward Bryon Russell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Simeon Rice and Monday Night Football sideline reporter Eric Dickerson.
Former professional model Tiffany Gutierrez recalls the day Lukens sat in her Los Angeles apartment and pulled out a picture taken at his home of rapper Snoop Dogg.
...
"I asked him, 'Oh did he invest with you?' And he said, 'Oh, he was thinking about it … but his manager died,' " said Gutierrez, who invested and lost $180,000 with Lukens.
...
Donald Lukens got around.
Some say he mentioned meeting Bill Cosby in France at the Cannes International Film Festival, although Cosby's publicist for the past 28 years, David Brokaw of Brokaw Co., says Cosby never went to Cannes. Other investors remember Lukens telling them about the trips he took to exotic destinations, like Greece.
Then there were the weekend trips to Las Vegas.
Lukens took chartered flights to Vegas from Camarillo Airport - as frequently as twice a month for 12 years - trips that transported him from his coastal Shangri-La to a sea of lights and high-stakes gambling in the desert. Limousines met his plane on the tarmac and shuttled him to complimentary 3,000-square-foot suites. Sometimes he had rooms provided on the house by more than one casino at a time.
...
Lukens was so well known as a Vegas high roller that casino entrepreneur Steve Wynn supposedly greeted him by name and shook his hand.
...
"When I saw Steve Wynn walk across a room to welcome (Lukens) I knew this was the real McCoy," said Kelly Stark, who met Lukens in Vegas through a mutual friend.
...
"When I saw Steve Wynn walk across a room to welcome (Lukens) I knew this was the real McCoy," said Kelly Stark, who met Lukens in Vegas through a mutual friend.
...
As if that wasn't enough, Lukens had a beautiful wife, Denise Ann Dufau, the daughter of a prominent Ventura County ranch family.
...
The rooftops included the homes of Lukens' first investors, the people he met as a child and as an adult, at Channel Islands High School, at Ventura Missionary Church and various points in between.
...
James Carter Allison, who graduated with Lukens in 1969 from Channel Islands High School and worked for him in the late 1990s, has been interviewed by the FBI, the SEC and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
...
Once described by his spouse as a financial wizard with a pedal-to-the-metal personality, Lukens has been forced to use a public defender to represent him against the bad check charges in Nevada.
Lukens' life has changed from what it was before.
OXNARD
Baseball - Lukens lived for the game.
As a student at Channel Islands High School in the late 1960s, Lukens was part of a team that won several league championships.
...
Lukens grew up in a modest home on the south side of Oxnard on what became Channel Islands Boulevard.
...
The family consisted of two daughters - Linda Lee Lukens and Jane Ann Kennedy - and another son, David, who was two years younger than Donald.
...
High school was Donald Lukens' time to shine.
...
Students were wearing T-shirts and jeans to dances, but yearbook photos show Lukens in sport coats. In his junior year, Lukens escorted the junior class homecoming princess. In his senior year, he escorted the queen.
He graduated in 1969, but was not sent to Vietnam like some of his former classmates. He stayed in school, went right to Moorpark College, then California State University, Northridge, where he earned a degree in finance and played on the school's baseball team.
...
Lukens married Denise Dufau on July 13, 1974, in Saticoy.
...
Lukens' first job out of college was as an appraiser for the Ventura County assessor - a thorough education in the various documents and deeds necessary to move property from person to person.
But at the end of the 1970s, Lukens left his government job and moved into the insurance business, where he would begin advising people on their financial future.
Then, in 1981 he registered Community Group Funding as a business with the Ventura County Clerk's Office.
...
By the end of the 1980s Lukens and his wife moved out of what had been their home for several years - a two-story structure with shuttered windows off Highway 118 in Somis - and climbed the winding road up into the estate home above Camarillo.
THE NINETIES
Donald Lukens dealt in property. He also provided high-interest loans, some of which promised investors phenomenal returns - 18 percent, or more.
In one investment he told clients that their money was going into a resort project in its formative stages, anticipating big payoffs as the project matured.
But that's hardly all he did.
The businesses linked to Lukens are numerous and varied, but determining what they did is sometimes difficult.
...
DAC Capital Inc. is a Nevada corporation, a possible reference to Lukens' three daughters - Daniele, Allison and Chelsie.
...
"I trusted him," Allison said of Lukens.
...
Lukens was busy in the 1990s.
...
Celebrities were worn like jewelry, say several of those who knew Lukens.
Regina Rotar, a former employee of Dufau and Associates, said Lukens once asked her to place a call to rap musician Snoop Dogg for him.
...
Rotar was amused by their perceived influence, particularly of a photo Lukens had of actor and comedian Bill Cosby.
...
One of the first was Oxnard boxer Fernando Vargas, whose eligibility for the 1996 Olympics was jeopardized by a contract his mother had signed with Lukens and another businessman, agent Robert Troy Caron of Oxnard.
...
That's at least one of the reasons Lukens went to Las Vegas so frequently.
A prominent sports agent tells a tale similar to those of others.
Lukens was playing blackjack in the smoky din of a casino one day a few years ago and a small crowd had gathered around him.
When Lukens played blackjack, there were rules. Several people who saw him in Vegas say he never played at tables below a $500 minimum, and he never drank - gambling was business.
...
Manley had never seen Lukens before that day.
...
Manley said Lukens was groomed, almost to the point of appearing fake.
...
People talked about Lukens as though he had built a machine that made money. Who cared how it worked?
Prospective investors called Lukens up. Some borrowed money against the value of their homes, or rearranged finances to maximize the amount of money they could invest.
The pastor of Ventura Missionary Church, fellow parishioners and college friends joined the group. People who had been customers when Lukens was in the insurance business also invested.
...
In soft tones Lukens assured her that she was still young and beautiful and that this wasn't the only money she would have in her life.
"I signed the paperwork and I didn't even read it," she said.
...
Then, one month later Lukens sued his younger brother, David, for what amounted to less than $1,000 - rent on a Port Hueneme residence that Lukens didn't even own.
...
Then, one month later Lukens sued his younger brother, David, for what amounted to less than $1,000 - rent on a Port Hueneme residence that Lukens didn't even own.
...
The late 1990s also saw the near breakup of Donald Lukens' marriage.
...
That same year, Donald Lukens surrendered his real estate broker's license, which was first issued in 1985. He could have fought, but chose not to oppose accusations that included charges he had moved trust funds without first obtaining the owners' written consent.
...
The lawsuit said Lukens told Contreras his investments "never failed" and that her principal
UPDATE 2009: Ventura County ...
www.bylinemedia.com, 20 May 2001 [cached]
UPDATE 2009: Ventura County Star -- "Ex-Oxnard investor Lukens arrested in Chicago on suspicion of theft by deception"
Before the investors began demanding their dollars back, Donald Dayton Lukens enjoyed an enviable life enriched with the adornments of wealth - golden, wall-mounted towel warmers in his master bathroom ... three housekeepers ... an in-home, Las Vegas-style barroom.
...
Before all that, Lukens, known to friends as "Donnie," was living the life of a would-be legend.
He had a 17th-floor office in the tallest building in Ventura County - the Financial Plaza, 300 Esplanade Drive, Oxnard - a space decorated with pictures of celebrities and athletes, including a huge screen on which he projected the images of some of his better known clients. He delighted in mentioning the celebrities with whom he had deals and associations - people like Utah Jazz forward Bryon Russell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Simeon Rice and Monday Night Football sideline reporter Eric Dickerson.
Former professional model Tiffany Gutierrez recalls the day Lukens sat in her Los Angeles apartment and pulled out a picture taken at his home of rapper Snoop Dogg.
...
"I asked him, 'Oh did he invest with you?' And he said, 'Oh, he was thinking about it ... but his manager died,' " said Gutierrez, who invested and lost $180,000 with Lukens.
...
Donald Lukens got around.
Some say he mentioned meeting Bill Cosby in France at the Cannes International Film Festival, although Cosby's publicist for the past 28 years, David Brokaw of Brokaw Co., says Cosby never went to Cannes. Other investors remember Lukens telling them about the trips he took to exotic destinations, like Greece.
Then there were the weekend trips to Las Vegas.
Lukens took chartered flights to Vegas from Camarillo Airport - as frequently as twice a month for 12 years - trips that transported him from his coastal Shangri-La to a sea of lights and high-stakes gambling in the desert. Limousines met his plane on the tarmac and shuttled him to complimentary 3,000-square-foot suites. Sometimes he had rooms provided on the house by more than one casino at a time.
...
Lukens was so well known as a Vegas high roller that casino entrepreneur Steve Wynn supposedly greeted him by name and shook his hand.
...
"When I saw Steve Wynn walk across a room to welcome (Lukens) I knew this was the real McCoy," said Kelly Stark, who met Lukens in Vegas through a mutual friend.
...
"When I saw Steve Wynn walk across a room to welcome (Lukens) I knew this was the real McCoy," said Kelly Stark, who met Lukens in Vegas through a mutual friend.
...
As if that wasn't enough, Lukens had a beautiful wife, Denise Ann Dufau, the daughter of a prominent Ventura County ranch family.
...
The rooftops included the homes of Lukens' first investors, the people he met as a child and as an adult, at Channel Islands High School, at Ventura Missionary Church and various points in between.
...
James Carter Allison, who graduated with Lukens in 1969 from Channel Islands High School and worked for him in the late 1990s, has been interviewed by the FBI, the SEC and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
...
Once described by his spouse as a financial wizard with a pedal-to-the-metal personality, Lukens has been forced to use a public defender to represent him against the bad check charges in Nevada.
Lukens' life has changed from what it was before.
OXNARD
Baseball - Lukens lived for the game.
As a student at Channel Islands High School in the late 1960s, Lukens was part of a team that won several league championships.
...
Lukens grew up in a modest home on the south side of Oxnard on what became Channel Islands Boulevard.
...
The family consisted of two daughters - Linda Lee Lukens and Jane Ann Kennedy - and another son, David, who was two years younger than Donald.
...
High school was Donald Lukens' time to shine.
...
Students were wearing T-shirts and jeans to dances, but yearbook photos show Lukens in sport coats. In his junior year, Lukens escorted the junior class homecoming princess. In his senior year, he escorted the queen.
He graduated in 1969, but was not sent to Vietnam like some of his former classmates. He stayed in school, went right to Moorpark College, then California State University, Northridge, where he earned a degree in finance and played on the school's baseball team.
...
Lukens married Denise Dufau on July 13, 1974, in Saticoy.
...
Lukens' first job out of college was as an appraiser for the Ventura County assessor - a thorough education in the various documents and deeds necessary to move property from person to person.
But at the end of the 1970s, Lukens left his government job and moved into the insurance business, where he would begin advising people on their financial future.
Then, in 1981 he registered Community Group Funding as a business with the Ventura County Clerk's Office.
...
By the end of the 1980s Lukens and his wife moved out of what had been their home for several years - a two-story structure with shuttered windows off Highway 118 in Somis - and climbed the winding road up into the estate home above Camarillo.
THE NINETIES
Donald Lukens dealt in property. He also provided high-interest loans, some of which promised investors phenomenal returns - 18 percent, or more.
In one investment he told clients that their money was going into a resort project in its formative stages, anticipating big payoffs as the project matured.
But that's hardly all he did.
The businesses linked to Lukens are numerous and varied, but determining what they did is sometimes difficult.
...
DAC Capital Inc. is a Nevada corporation, a possible reference to Lukens' three daughters - Daniele, Allison and Chelsie.
...
"I trusted him," Allison said of Lukens.
...
Lukens was busy in the 1990s.
...
Celebrities were worn like jewelry, say several of those who knew Lukens.
Regina Rotar, a former employee of Dufau and Associates, said Lukens once asked her to place a call to rap musician Snoop Dogg for him.
...
Rotar was amused by their perceived influence, particularly of a photo Lukens had of actor and comedian Bill Cosby.
...
One of the first was Oxnard boxer Fernando Vargas, whose eligibility for the 1996 Olympics was jeopardized by a contract his mother had signed with Lukens and another businessman, agent Robert Troy Caron of Oxnard.
...
That's at least one of the reasons Lukens went to Las Vegas so frequently.
A prominent sports agent tells a tale similar to those of others.
Lukens was playing blackjack in the smoky din of a casino one day a few years ago and a small crowd had gathered around him.
When Lukens played blackjack, there were rules. Several people who saw him in Vegas say he never played at tables below a $500 minimum, and he never drank - gambling was business.
...
Manley had never seen Lukens before that day.
...
Manley said Lukens was groomed, almost to the point of appearing fake.
...
People talked about Lukens as though he had built a machine that made money. Who cared how it worked?
Prospective investors called Lukens up. Some borrowed money against the value of their homes, or rearranged finances to maximize the amount of money they could invest.
The pastor of Ventura Missionary Church, fellow parishioners and college friends joined the group. People who had been customers when Lukens was in the insurance business also invested.
...
In soft tones Lukens assured her that she was still young and beautiful and that this wasn't the only money she would have in her life.
"I signed the paperwork and I didn't even read it," she said.
...
Then, one month later Lukens sued his younger brother, David, for what amounted to less than $1,000 - rent on a Port Hueneme residence that Lukens didn't even own.
...
Then, one month later Lukens sued his younger brother, David, for what amounted to less than $1,000 - rent on a Port Hueneme residence that Lukens didn't even own.
...
The late 1990s also saw the near breakup of Donald Lukens' marriage.
...
That same year, Donald Lukens surrendered his real estate broker's license, which was first issued in 1985. He could have fought, but chose not to oppose accusations that included charges he had moved trust funds without first obta
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