Calif. Dem. Campaign Treasurer Sentenced to 8 Years

Stole political funds from more than 50 candidates


Former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday and a judge ordered her to pay more than $10.5 million to victims including state and federal politicians from whom she stole political funds.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller in Sacramento accepted the recommendation of federal prosecutors that Durkee, a former go-to treasurer for Democrats, spend 97 months in federal custody. Durkee pleaded guilty in March to five counts of mail fraud.