Bank accounts of Durham Auctions frozen

Attorneys for the city of Kenner, La., have filed a federal lawsuit against the owners of Durham Auctions, claiming the city has never received the proceeds from an auction nearly two months ago.

Don and Jim durham, with the help of a Louisiana intermediary, conducted an auction for the city of Kenner at the end of June. The city was selling surplus property, including FEMA trailers.

The auction brought in $591,000 and Durham's commission was almost 10 percent. City attorneys said Durham had 30 days to deliver the funds. The lawsuit said the city still has not received the money. Judge Keith Starrett has issued a temporary restraining order freezing the bank accounts and assets of Durham. Thursday, the Mississippi auctioneering commission revoked the Durhams' licenses.

Don Durham remains free on $250,000 bond from an earlier embezzlement charge.