Solorio comments on Politico Article on Durkee Plea

Asm. Jose Solorio - Photo: Lou Delgado

This came in via email Tuesday night:

State Assemblyman Jose Solorio’s Statement Regarding Politico News on Durkee Guilty Plea   Solorio Asks FBI to be Aggressive in Making Sure Durkee Serves as Many Years as Possible in Federal Prison, and Says First California Bank Cooperated with Durkee in Fraudulent Activity

SACRAMENTO – In response to the Politico news article that ran this evening, “Kinde Durkee: Guilty plea likely in $8M embezzlement,” State Assemblyman Jose Solorio released the following statement:

“I’m pleased the FBI’s investigation on my behalf and hundreds of other victims has found success. I’ve asked that the FBI be aggressive in making sure Durkee serves as many years as possible in federal prison.   In finalizing a long sentence term, I’m hoping the FBI and courts send a message to treasurers, accountants and book keepers around the country that defrauding their clients is a serious matter.   I also believe that as more information is made public, it will become clear that Durkee was able to defraud her clients because of the direct cooperation her firm had with First California Bank. Through that cooperation, Durkee’s clients lost approximately $10 million due to fraudulent activity.  Many red flags were raised, and the First California Bank did nothing in over 10 years to stop Durkee.”

Below are the first few paragraphs in the Durkee news article that ran in Politico this evening:   “Kinde Durkee, the California political operative at the heart a major embezzlement scandal, is expected to plead guilty later this week to stealing more than $8 million from her clients, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other California Democrats, according to sources close to the case.

The stunning amount of money that Durkee took makes it the biggest such embezzlement case in U.S. election history and one that will have impact far down the line on the California ticket this fall.

Federal prosecutors will recommend that Durkee, who will also plead guilty to at least five counts of fraud, be sentenced to from 11 to 14 years in prison, the sources added.”

You can read the rest of the Politico article online at   State Assemblyman Jose Solorio is the Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee and also serves on the Assembly Appropriations and Transportation committees. He represents the Sixty-Ninth Assembly District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana. For more information about Assemblyman Solorio, visit

  5 comments for “Solorio comments on Politico Article on Durkee Plea

  1. March 27, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    So, Solorio’s lame duck swan song is to get revenge? This is typical, much like Asemblymember Donnely’s belief that he should be treated differently than a common man bringing a gun into a sterile airport area. These high and mighty (pun intended) need to be brought back to reality. Can anyone say, part-time legislature?

  2. March 28, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Part time legislature is not realistic for a state this size. Nevertheless, Jeff, you hit the nail on the head with Jose’s “Lame Duck Swan Song.” The only silver lining to the entire Durkee scandal/tragedy is that Solorio got his accounts cleared out, and he doesn’t have anytime left to pimp himself out to big business to refill the coffers.
    Michelle Martinez appears to be learning from Solorio as well – skipping a debate to avoid discussing issues with the spanish speaking community in Santa Ana (just as she avoids the press like the plague) and instead holding a fundraiser. If you have any question as to who Michelle Martinez is, and who she will represent in Sacramento, that is all you need to know. Martinez is about herself, and no one else.

    • March 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

      @KLND,And, here I thought she skipped the debate because her Spanish isn’t that good.

      @Dan, ooooohhhhhhh, I love sockpuppets. Can I have one?

  3. March 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

    This can’t be the same keylay who carries water for Michele (one “L”) on other sites? But since “ken” takes great lengths to hide his identity, and the comment is relevent to the post, it’s allowed. Sockpuppeting a sockpuppet…

  4. henry lipton
    March 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    What the heck did she do with 8 million dollars? How did she spend that much?

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