Federal prosecutors plan to ask a judge this week to sentence Kinde Durkee to about eight years in federal prison for what's been called the "most extensive campaign treasurer fraud in the history of California."
The prominent Democratic campaign treasurer pleaded guilty in March to stealing at least $7 million from a list of big-name clients that includes U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Prosecutors had previously said the sentence could be as high as 11 to 14 years.
"Over the course of approximately 12 years, the defendant misappropriated millions of dollars from clients, used the money for her personal and business expenses, and prepared false campaign disclosure reports to hide the theft. ... This sentence will reflect the seriousness of the offense, provide just punishment and afford adequate deterrence," a sentencing memorandum filed by the U.S. Attorneys office reads.
Durkee's sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday at the Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse in Sacramento. A restitution figure, representing the amount Durkee is responsible for repaying to her former clients, is expected to be released at that date as well.