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Democrats' ex-treasurer repays fraction of $10.5M

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say 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.

Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento, said Friday that the government has received about $94,500 toward settling Kinde Durkee's criminal debt.

Of that, $500 went to pay a fine while the remainder is paying 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 campaign money, leaving few assets to repay her debt.

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