SACRAMENTO — A former Democratic campaign treasurer was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in federal prison for defrauding high-profile clients, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of at least $7 million.
Kinde Durkee, 59, was sentenced to a total of 97 months behind bars in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to five counts of mail fraud in March, when U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner called her "the Bernie Madoff of campaign treasurers," referring to the infamous New York financial manager.
Durkee read a brief statement and apologized in court to "those who trusted me and I betrayed."
"I take full and complete responsibility for what I've done," she said.
Feinstein said she lost about $4.5 million in the scam involving Durkee that also targeted several state lawmakers and nonprofit political groups.