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Daulet Bey

Daulet Bey, with red scarf, and attorney Lorna Brown leave courtroom Dec. 1, 2005 (BobLarson/ContraCostaTimes).
Daulet Bey, with red scarf, and attorney Lorna Brown leave courtroom Dec. 1, 2005 (BobLarson/ContraCostaTimes).

Daulet Bey, with red scarf, and attorney Lorna Brown leave courtroom Dec. 1, 2005 (BobLarson/ContraCostaTimes).

Daulet Bey, 50, is the mother of eight children of the late Yusuf Ali Bey. Two of her sons, Antar and Yusuf Ali Bey IV, successively took control of Your Black Muslim Bakery and its enterprises after the elder Bey’s handpicked successor mysteriously disappeared and then turned up dead in the Oakland hills.

Born Diane Marie McBurnie, Daulet Bey was one of several women with whom the patriarch fathered at least 42 children. After the deaths of Yusuf Ali Bey in 2003 and his successor, Waajid Aljawwaad Bey, in 2004, the bakery was heavily mortgaged in 2005 by son Antar Bey, who claimed leadership of the organization but was later slain in a carjacking.

Her younger son took over as CEO in 2006, and filed for bankruptcy. On August 9, 2007, a judge ordered the bakery’s assets liquidated. The court-appointed U.S. trustee charged that several months before her son filed for bankruptcy, Daulet Bey had illegally received three bakery properties, worth $2.28 million. The bankruptcy trustee argued that the transfers were illegal and represented an attempt to “hinder, delay and defraud” creditors. He asked the court to revert the properties to the bakery organization. A ruling has not been made yet.

Many of the Bey family worked in its various enterprises, sometimes several of them. Daulet Bey was listed as the CEO of Qiyamah, a nonprofit organization that was parent company to the short-lived E.M. Health Services. That company had, with the persistent lobbying of family associate Nedir Bey, received and then defaulted on a $1.1 million loan from the Oakland City Council and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Daulet Bey and her daughter Jannah filed papers to revive Qiyamah in May 2007. The license, however, was promptly suspended because it had failed to file required documents with the California Franchise Tax Board in 2005.

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