California campaign treasurer charged in $7 m. fraud

By REUTERS
March 28, 2012 06:51

 
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LOS ANGELES - The Department of Justice on Tuesday charged a top California Democratic campaign treasurer with five counts of mail fraud that caused a loss of over $7 million dollars to her clients, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, court documents show.

Kinde Durkee, who controlled the funds of roughly 400 political candidates and groups, was arrested in September 2011 by federal agents and charged with criminal mail fraud.

There were at least 50 victims of Durkee's fraudulent accounting, according to the additional charging documents filed with the US District Court for the Eastern District of California late on Tuesday.

Durkee used money that belonged to her political campaign clients to pay her mortgage, pay off charges on her credit card from Disneyland and Amazon.com, and pay her own firm's business expenses, according to the court documents.

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