In March, former political campaign treasurer Kindee Durkee plead guilty to embezzling more than $7 million from her clients, including U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, State Senator Lou Correa, and Assemblyman Jose Solorio. Federal Prosecutors on Monday asked that Durkee be sentenced to 97 months in prison, about 8 years.
Orange County Register reporter Brian Joseph reports:
As part of her plea agreement, Durkee promised to sell the Burbank office building of her firm, Durkee and Associates, and use the equity as well as money in her 401(k) to pay restitution to her victims. A restitution figure is expected to be finalized in time for her sentencing Wednesday, according to the court filing released Monday.
State Senator Lou Correa and other elected officials who lost money to Durkee’s embezzlement have filed a civil lawsuit against First California Bank, alleging that the institution, where Durkee held her client’s funds, ignored warnings of her improper activities for years facilitating the crimes.
Durkee is scheduled for sentencing in Sacramento on Wednesday.