Kinde Durkee Expected To Plead Guilty In Embezzlement Case
Kinde Durkee is accused of embezzling more than $7 million from at least 50 accounts. For example, she reportedly stole $23,000 from Dianne Feinstein's account to pay for personal and business expenses.
Durkee was arrested Sept. 2 and charged with mail fraud in a case alleging that in 2010 she misused $677,000 from the campaign account of Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana). Prosecutors continued the investigation because Durkee oversaw about 360 campaign accounts for about 100 candidates, including Feinstein and Correa.
Durkee has been called the Bernie Maddoff of campaign treasurers.
For more background on the story, see the OC Register's 2011 story on how the fraud was uncovered.
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