Bank asks judge to sort out accounts in campaign fraud case
The bank used by a campaign treasurer accused of co-mingling money from the accounts of numerous California politicians, Democratic clubs and nonprofits filed a lawsuit last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court to ask a judge to sort out how much money belongs to each customer.
The suit details 398 accounts that the treasurer, Kinde Durkee, controlled at First California Bank and how much money is in each one. The list starts on Page 9.
Durkee, was arrested this month and charged with mail fraud for allegedly filing false campaign finance reports after she transferred $677,181 from an account belonging to Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) to an account belonging to her Burbank firm. Federal investigators are probing whether she may have embezzled from her clients.
In the legal action, state-chartered First California Bank, which is based in Westlake Village, lists 398 accounts controlled by Durkee or employees at Durkee & Associates. When it froze the accounts on Sept. 21, they had balances totaling $2.5 million. But the bank notes that because money was shuttled between accounts it “cannot, with certainty, determine the proper amount due.”
The lawsuit asks that the account holders resolve their conflicting claims through the court.
The bank’s attorney, Robert P. Beckham, did not respond to requests for comment.
-- John Hoeffel
Photo: Kinde Durkee
Credit: Henry Vandermeir/Associated Press