Prosecutors say they need more time in Durkee investigation

Three months after the arrest of campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee on suspicion of mishandling political funds from a state lawmaker’s account, federal prosecutors said Tuesday they need more time to complete their investigation to determine whether other politicians lost money.

A federal judge on Tuesday granted the request of Assistant U.S. Atty.  John K. Vincent to delay a preliminary hearing that had been scheduled for Friday for Durkee, and instead hold it Jan. 26.

Durkee agreed to the postponement in a court filing in which Vincent wrote "the arrest in this case occurred at a time before the investigation was completed, and ... the case  is complex given the number of clients of Ms. Durkee and bank accounts involved."

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-- Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

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