CA campaign treasurer to enter embezzlement plea

AP News
Posted: Mar 28, 2012 7:43 PM
CA campaign treasurer to enter embezzlement plea

The Democratic campaign treasurer at the center of the largest political embezzlement case in California history will enter a plea to federal felony charges on Friday.

The U.S. Attorney's office filed a hearing notice late Wednesday in the case against former treasurer Kinde Durkee. It says her attorney, Daniel Nixon, has agreed to the plea hearing. He did not return telephone messages seeking comment.

Durkee is accused of embezzling more than $7 million from at least 50 political candidates and committees in a scheme that officials say lasted more than a decade.

She is accused of transferring hundreds of thousands of dollars among the more than 700 bank accounts she controlled to pay for everything from visits to Disneyland to her mother's care in a seniors' home.