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Burbank campaign treasurer arrested, clients contacted by feds

September 05, 2011|By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times

Several clients of Kinde Durkee, a prominent campaign treasurer who was arrested Friday on a federal fraud charge, have reported that they were contacted by the FBI or U.S. attorney’s office about the criminal investigation.

Durkee was arrested from the office of her business, Durkee & Associates, in Burbank on one charge of mail fraud and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles. She had served as campaign treasurers on hundreds of political campaigns over the years, working for federal, state and local candidates.

Officials have so far said only that the charge relates to Durkee’s work for a California Assembly member but have not disclosed which member or when.

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Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) said Sunday that the FBI notified him Friday that Durkee might have embezzled from his campaign. He declined to comment further on the details pending Durkee’s arraignment.

“I hired her because she was regarded as a highly respected professional and for decades the treasurer for the campaigns of many prominent elected officials in the state,” Solorio said in a statement. LA NOW

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