SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A former Democratic campaign treasurer who defrauded high-profile clients that included U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has repaid just a fraction of the $10.5 million she was ordered to reimburse her clients, federal prosecutors said Friday.
The government has received $94,469 toward settling Kinde Durkee's criminal debt, said Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento. Of that, $500 went to pay a fine and the remainder to pay off Durkee's court-ordered restitution.
Durkee was described by prosecutors as the Bernie Madoff of campaign treasurers. She was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison in 2012 after pleading guilty to mail fraud.
Prosecutors and Durkee's attorney said at the time that she had mismanaged the money that was raised on behalf of candidates, leaving few assets to repay her debt.
As part of her restitution, Durkee and her husband agreed to turn over a retirement account valued at about $90,000 and forfeit her Burbank office so it could be sold to help repay the 77 victims listed in her restitution order.
Durkee's attorney, Daniel Nixon, did not return a telephone message Friday.
Feinstein lost about $4.5 million, the most of any victim in a financial collapse that also harmed dozens of state lawmakers and nonprofit political groups. Justin Berger, an attorney representing Feinstein's campaign committees, did not return a telephone message Friday.
The money went to mortgages for Durkee's home and business, to pay her employees and to care for her parents in a home for seniors. Part went for season tickets to the Los Angeles Dodgers, although prosecutors say Durkee did not appear to live a luxurious lifestyle.