A preliminary hearing in the federal mail fraud case against California Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee has been delayed until January as prosecutors continue their investigation into the alleged embezzlement scheme.
A criminal complaint filed against Durkee claims that she stole more than $600,000 from a campaign account she managed for Assemblyman Jose Solorio, D-Santa Ana. Since her September arrest, other high-profile clients from the political and nonprofit world, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, have come forward with claims that the prominent treasurer had transferred large sums from their accounts. Feinstein's campaign has estimated that several million dollars are missing from her re-election committee account.
The preliminary hearing, which had been scheduled for Friday, has been postponed until Jan. 26 to give prosecutors more time to review and analyze additional material, including some documents that have yet to be received, according to a court filing.
"The parties stipulate that the arrest in this case occurred at a time before the investigation was completed, and that the case is complex given the number of clients of Ms. Durkee and the bank accounts involved," the court filing reads.