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Kinde Durkee pleads guilty to looting $7M from CA political accounts

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Former California campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee has pleaded guilty to looting $7 million from Democratic candidates and political committee accounts.

Her plea, entered Friday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, includes five counts of mail fraud and carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in federal prison. 

This signals an end to the criminal case that began with her arrest last September, however she now faces civil lawsuits by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other victims.

Federal prosecutors say Durkee defrauded at least 50 candidates.

U.S. Rep. Susan Davis told her contributors in a letter released last September that her campaign was looted of over $250,000 at the hands of Durkee.

"My sense is that it was a pyramid type of endeavor here," Democratic strategist Chris Lehane said on the Madeleine Brand Show last fall.

With contributions by AP and Tony Pierce

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