LOS ANGELES--The reach of an alleged fraud scheme widened Tuesday as more California Democrats said their war chests had been raided by a prominent campaign treasurer, with thefts allegedly totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Burbank-based Kinde Durkee, a 58-year-old veteran campaign treasurer who managed money for scores of Democratic campaigns and causes--from Sen. Dianne Feinstein to a group called Democrats of the Desert, was arrested last week and charged with fraud.
According to a federal criminal complaint, Ms. Durkee admitted to using campaign funds to pay for an array of expenses including mortgage payments, cosmetics and the nursing-home care of her mother. According to the complaint, Ms. Durkee "misappropriated money from her clients' bank accounts and filed false disclosure reports to hide the misappropriations."
Cosmetics? That's a lot of lipstick.