SACRAMENTO -- More than a year after campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee was ordered to repay $10.5 million she embezzled from the accounts of dozens of politicians, including U.S. Sen.
In November 2012, Durkee was sentenced to eight years in federal prison and ordered to repay the money she stole from 77 victims, mostly politicians from California, including the campaign committees of Feinstein and Democratic Reps.
Federal prosecutors allege that Durkee used money from clients’ accounts to pay for
Feinstein's campaign committees lost the most, at least $4.5 million, according to the court filings.
Federal officials liquidated Durkee's retirement account and sold her Burbank office building but have come up with less than $100,000, according to Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office.
Justin Berger, an attorney for Feinstein's campaign committees, said his law firm is still pursuing financial claims against the bank Durkee used, but he was not shocked that the liquidation of Durkee's assets have yielded a fraction of what she stole.
"It's disappointing but not surprising," Berger said. "We think the money was frittered away over the years. There is no big pot of money sitting somewhere."