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Feds seek eight years for campaign embezzler

By Josh Richman
Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 11:20 am in Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senate.

Federal prosecutors say Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee should serve eight years and one month in federal prison for having embezzled more than $7 million from U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other prominent California elected officials.

Durkee, 59, of Long Beach, is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Sacramento.

“Over the course of approximately 12 years, the defendant misappropriated millions of dollars from clients, used the money for her personal and business expenses, and prepared false campaign disclosure reports to hide the theft,” says the sentencing memo prosecutors filed last Wednesday. “This sentence will reflect the seriousness of the offense, provide just punishment, and afford adequate deterrence.”

A restitution figure should be ready by Wednesday’s hearing, prosecutors wrote.

Durkee pleaded guilty earlier this year to five counts of mail fraud. Her plea agreement noted that the sentencing range would be from 11 years and three months to 14 years, but also that prosecutors would recommend the low end of whatever range federal probation officers came up with.

Besides Feinstein’s campaign, other victims included the campaigns of Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove; Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos; state Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana; and Assemblyman Jose Solorio, D-Anaheim. There were at least 50 victims in all, prosecutors said.

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  • John W

    Strange case. She apparently didn’t live anything close to an upscale lifestyle. Spent the money on business expenses, taxes and her mother’s nursing home care.

  • Elwood

    Millions of dollars? Business expenses? Taxes? You suppose she paid taxes on the embezzled money?

    Where was Mom staying?

    The Ritz?

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    She should have spent some dough on a high-end health spa. Women with good figures usually receive lighter penalties. Lighter gals draw lighter sentences.

  • John W

    I’ve seen some earlier pictures of her that are quite different. I’m only guessing, of course. But there must have been things going on with her that contributed to her self-destruction, both legally and physically.