Hearing for Democratic treasurer postponed again 

The preliminary hearing for a campaign treasurer accused of looting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the accounts of Democratic politicians has been postponed for a third time.

A federal judge in Sacramento approved the delay Wednesday after attorneys for Kinde Durkee and the U.S. Attorney's office asked to postpone a hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Durkee is charged with mail fraud in a federal case involving allegations that she siphoned $700,000 from the account of state Assemblyman Jose Solorio and targeted dozens of others. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein estimated that she may have lost $5 million.

Durkee was treasurer for hundreds of Democratic officeholders, candidates and groups.

The hearing was delayed until Feb. 28 to give government attorneys more time to sort through records associated with hundreds of bank accounts.

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