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Prosecutors: Former campaign treasurer should serve 8 years for embezzlement case

Federal prosecutors want former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee to spend eight years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from her clients.
Federal prosecutors want former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee to spend eight years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from her clients. California Democratic Council, Henry Vandermeir/AP

A former Democratic campaign treasurer who stole $7 million from her clients over a dozen years should be sentenced to 97 months in prison, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Kinde Durkee is scheduled for sentencing on Wednesday in Sacramento. In a memo, prosecutors are asking for more than eight years behind bars and an unspecified amount of restitution. Durkee pleaded guilty to five counts of mail fraud in March.

“This sentence will reflect the seriousness of the offense, provide just punishment and afford adequate deterrence,” according to the memo filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

Authorities say Durkee misappropriated money from her political clients, including U.S.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein. That money was used to pay her mortgage, credit card bills and even payroll at Durkee & Associates. Prosecutors say this is the largest embezzlement case ever to be prosecuted against a campaign treasurer. 

At the time of her plea, Durkee’s attorney Daniel Nixon told reporters “She's accepting full responsibility for her actions and she has come to court today to acknowledge what she's done.”

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