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Treasurer To Learn Fate In Massive Calif. Campaign Theft


"Over the course of approximately 12 years, the defendant misappropriated millions of dollars from clients, used the money for her personal and business expenses, and prepared false campaign disclosure reports to hide the theft," federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo last week.

Durkee was arrested in September 2011. The feds said that Durkee spent her clients' money on her mortgage, the bill for her mother's care at an assisted living facility, and an American Express bill for charges from Baskin Robbins, Ulta, gift cards, Tivo, an animal clinic and an aquarium.

Durkee admitted in her guilty plea that her clients lost more than $7 million because of her scheme. A bank recently unfroze $2.5 million of her clients' funds frozen during the federal investigation.