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DurkeeInformation_0327201219063400 (1)

DurkeeInformation_0327201219063400 (1)

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1BENJAMINB.WAGNERUnitedStatesAttorney2JOHNK.VINCENTPHILIPA.FERRARI3AssistantU.S.Attorneys501IStreet,Suite10-1004Sacramento,California95814Telephone:(916)554-2700
CLERK,U.S.DISTRICTCOURTEASTERNDISTRICTOFCALIFORNIA
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11UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA,CASENO.12Plaintiff,13VIOLATIONS:18U.S.C.
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1341-MailFraud]20TheUnitedStatesAttorneycharges:21KINDEDURKEE,22defendantherein,asfollows:23I.Introduction24
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TheStateofCaliforniaFairPoliticalPracticesCommission25(FPPC)wasformedbythePoliticalReformActof1974.Atall26relevanttimes,theFPPCregulatedcampaignfinancingandspendingin27statepoliticalraces,developedformswhichcertaincandidatesand28officeholdersintheStateofCaliforniawererequiredtofile,
 
1preparedmanualsandinstructions,andinvestigatedalleged2violationsofthePoliticalReformAct.32.TheFederalElectionCommission(FEC)wasformedby4Congressin1975.Atallrelevanttimes,theFECwasanindependent5regulatoryagency.Itsdutiesincludedtodisclosepubliclyfinance6informationforfederalofficeholdersandcandidates,andtoenforce7theprovisionsofthelawsuchasthelimitsandprohibitionson8contributions.93.KINDEDURKEEregisteredDurkee
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AssociatesasaDBAwith10theCaliforniaSecretaryofStateonApril19,2000.114.KINDEDURKEEregisteredDurkee
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Associatesasadomestic12limitedliabilitycorporation(LLC)withtheCaliforniaSecretaryof13StateonSeptember
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2003.KINDEDURKEEwaslistedinthatfiling14asa"Member/Manager/Partner"ofDurkee
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Associates.155.Atallrelevanttimes,Durkee
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AssociatesandKINDEDURKEE16specializedinprovidingaccountingandcampaignreportingservices17topoliticalcommitteesforstateorfederaloffices,including18politicalcandidatecampaigncommitteesandnon-profitorganizations.19Theseservicesincluded:20-maintainingfinancialrecordsof,andfor,thecommittees21ororganizations
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22-keepingtrackofthecontributionsto,andexpenditures23by,thecommitteesororganizations;and24-filingnecessaryFPPCformswiththeCaliforniaSecretary25ofStateinSacramento,orthenecessaryformswiththe(FEC),which26reported,amongotherthings,contributions,contributors,27expenditures,andtheoverallfinancialconditionofthecandidate28campaigncommitteesortheorganizationsforwhomafilingwas
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Atallrelevanttimes,KINDEDURKEEfrequentlyservedasthecommitteetreasurerforthecommitteesforwhichserviceswereprovided.Assuch,shesignedthecampaigndisclosureformsforstateofficialsandorganizationswhichweresubmittedtotheCaliforniaSecretaryofStateinSacramentoasrequiredbystatelaw.KINDEDURKEEpreparedandsubmitted,andcausedthepreparationandsubmissionof,campaigndisclosureformsforfederalofficialstotheFEC.7.Atallrelevanttimes,KINDEDURKEEoftenactedasthecustodianofrecordsforthefinancialrecordsofthoseclientswhoheldfederaloffice.Assuch,shemaintainedrecordsforallcontributiontothecampaigncommittee,aswellasthecommittee'sdisbursements.8.Atallrelevanttimes,KINDEDURKEEandDurkee
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Associates16maintainedbankaccountsfortheirclients.Theseaccountsincluded17onesintowhichcampaigncontributionsweredepositedandfromwhich18clientexpendituresweremade.KINDEDURKEE,eitheraloneorwith19anotheremployeeofDurkee
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Associates,wasasignatoryonthebank20accounts.Overtheyears,KINDEDURKEEhashadsignatureauthority21onapproximately700bankaccounts,includingthoseforpolitical22campaigns.239.Atallrelevanttimes,KINDEDURKEEwaspaidforthe24servicesrendered.KINDEDURKEEwasrequiredtospecifyhowmuchshe25waspaidinfilingsmadetotheCaliforniaSecretaryofStateorthe26FEC.2710.Atallrelevanttimes,Durkee
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Associateshademployees28thatassistedinprovidingtheaccountingandcampaignreporting
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