VOICE OF OC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Kinde Durkee, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Thomas Giradi, James Brosnahan. See relevant stories HERE and HERE
Kinde Durkee, who controlled the funds of some 400 political candidates and groups, was arrested in September 2011 and charged with criminal mail fraud. She pleaded guilty in March as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.
Durkee, 59, appeared in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and was ordered by Judge Kimberly Mueller to spend 97 months in federal custody and pay $10,529,915.76 in restitution.
Mueller said the loss of campaign funds “certainly” affected the democratic process and shook the faith of citizens who had made campaign donations.
“I want to take this opportunity to apologize for my actions,” Durkee said in court. “I take full and complete responsibility for what I have done.”
The arrest of the longtime treasurer for Democratic politicians left the campaigns of a number of elected officials in disarray.
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