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Sep 23, 2011 8:14 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow, Associated Press

Campaign fraud?

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein has filed a civil lawsuit against a bank that handled accounts for a Democratic campaign treasurer charged with fraud for allegedly looting dozens of political war chests.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court names First California bank, the treasurer Kinde Durkee, Durkee's firm and several other individuals.

Gary Horgan, an attorney for the bank, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

Durkee's attorney, Daniel Nixon, also did not return a call.

The lawsuit alleges fraud, deceit and breach of contract, among other things.

Durkee was charged this month with federal mail fraud for allegedly siphoning nearly $700,000 from a state politician's campaign funds and filing false statements with regulatory authorities.

According to the criminal complaint, she admitted to misappropriating clients' money for years.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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