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Daughter of Charlotte Durante speaks about her mother's investment scheme arrest

Lori Durante is the daughter of Charlotte Durante, a 66-year-old former city commissioner and real estate company owner. She said her mother is being held on a $500,000 bond in the county jail and that even though the arrest happened yesterday she still has not been allowed to talk with her mother. Charlotte Durante was invited to the Delray Beach Police Department for what Lori said was supposed to be a “few questions.”

According to a press release distributed by Delray Beach Police Department public information officer Jeffrey Messer, over the course of two years, from late 2006 through late 2008, nearly $1.8 million was invested into Charlotte's scheme by a total of 83 separate people/investors. No legitimate investments of any kind related to this investment scheme were ever made, police said.

“I saw what’s been released by the state attorney’s office and it’s like she’s already been convicted in the state of Florida,” Lori said.

She said that her family doesn’t have enough money to bond out their mother and that Charlotte could wait in jail up to two weeks for her court appointed public defender.

“It’s like Detective Thume put a gun to mother’s head and pulled the trigger. My mother’s soul is dead. She has yet to present her case to the public court. She’s a shadow of herself and totally traumatized. If my mother had this $1.8 million they said she stole then don’t you think we’d have money to bail her out? There’s a hidden political agenda; my mother never played politics with the Delray Beach clan that’s very vindictive,” Lori said.

She said even though a black flag hangs over her family’s name that her passion, the Museum of Lifestylye of Fashion History, is still open and operating during business hours.

The Delray Beach Police Department said that Charlotte Durante has been running a "Ponzi like scheme in Delray Beach."


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David DiPino joined Forum Publishing Group in August 2006. As a reporter for the Delray Forum, David covers community news and writes a dining column twice a month that focuses on restaurants in South Palm Beach County.

He also is one of the writers of the twice-monthly Hometown Downtown column that looks at events, celebrations, and organizations in Delray and Boynton Beach. He freelances for the Sun-Sentinel during high school football and basketball seasons.

David spent 12 years working in the restaurant industry, and did just about every job in the back of the house, including line cook, sous chef, and dessert chef. A Florida native who lives in Jupiter, he studied Multimedia Journalism at Florida Atlantic University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. David enjoys playing the guitar, golf, boating and snorkeling during his free time.

Contact him at or 954-621-5000.


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