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Ex-Feinstein treasurer gets prison term
[SFGate] What started as an attempt to keep a struggling business afloat a decade ago turned into the largest embezzlement of political funds in Caliphornia history, ending Wednesday with an eight-year federal prison sentence for a former campaign treasurer who stole from some of the state's most powerful politicians.

Kinde Durkee received the sentence in federal court nearly eight months after she pleaded guilty to five counts of mail fraud in connection with the scheme whose victims included Sen. Dianne Feinstein, along with other members of Congress and the Legislature.

The sentence was on the low end of the possible range of punishment - Durkee faced a maximum of 20 years for each count. She was also ordered to pay $10.5 million in restitution to her victims, who are unlikely to see much of the money because Durkee already spent it and has few other resources.

Judge Kimberly Mueller of the U.S. District Court in Sacramento called the embezzlement a "significant and egregious offense."

"I think the violation of trust ... can't be understated," Mueller said before sentencing Durkee.

Durkee, 59, who had been out on bail, offered an apology.

"I take full and complete responsibility for what I have done," Durkee told the judge, her voice breaking slightly. She was ordered to surrender to law enforcement Jan. 2.

Both prosecutors and her defense attorney said Durkee didn't use the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, but instead spent it to cover losses in her business and on mostly mundane personal expenses like her mortgage and health care for her parents.
Posted by:Fred

#8  who stole from some of the state's most powerful politicians

She's lucky it's Caliphornia. In the Northeast or Illinois, she'd have been found in a car with the engine running and a hose from the exhaust pipe going into a side window.
Posted by: Pappy   2012-11-30 19:07  

#7  Democrat accounting. It's a crime.
Posted by: mojo   2012-11-30 12:46  

#6  Most of the money appears to have been spent at Taco Bell.
Posted by: bigjim-CA   2012-11-30 11:45  

#5  Laws are for little people. Be a Congresscritter and do this daily to the citizenry with the public treasury and it's business as usual.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2012-11-30 11:07  

#4  she didn't spend it on haircare (see the pic at the link)
Posted by: Frank G   2012-11-30 10:57  

#3  Emotional or psychological condition caused the crime? How about that the person broke the law and is just a garden variety thief?
Posted by: JohnQC   2012-11-30 10:18  

#2  During the hearing, Durkee's attorney, Nixon, alluded to an unspecified psychological issue "underpinning this theft." He said Durkee had "a lot of things happen to her" that led to bad decisions.

A dietary disorder (cooking the books, then eating them) along with Jesse Jackson Jr. syndrome ?
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-11-30 01:43  

#1  Yeah, looks like Boss Dyke's in for some competition...
Posted by: tu3031   2012-11-30 01:23