A campaign treasurer for Democrat lawmakers in California – including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Loretta Sanchez – was arrested by the FBI on suspicion of mail fraud, The Orange County Register reported.
US Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said Kinde Durkee, of Durkee and Associates, was arrested by the FBI on a criminal complaint filed by the US Attorney’s Office in Sacramento. KTLA-TV reported that the arrest took place in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank, where Durkee’s office are located.
FBI Special Agent Steve Dupre said Durkee’s arrest was linked with her position as a campaign treasurer for Democrats running at federal, state and local levels.
State Senator Lou Correa told The Register authorities had told him they believe he and many other political candidates may be victims of the fraud. He said he believed he had lost “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in campaign funds.
“This is clearly a sense of betrayal of someone I have trusted for a number of years,” Correa said.
Durkee and Associates’ website says that “since 1972 we have worked for five Presidential campaigns, four gubernatorial campaigns, numerous senate, congressional, state and local candidates, initiatives, political action committees and many non-profit associations and small businesses.”
Federal Election Commission records cited by The Register show that Durkee is the treasurer for Feinstein and Sanchez, while California Secretary of State records show she serves as treasurer for more than 100 state-level committees.
Mrozek told The Register he expected Durkee to make her initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.