“Ms. Durkee repeatedly lied to clients,” he said. “So it was very deliberate over time.”
In a statement read in court, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis said she felt personally betrayed by Durkee, who took nearly $160,000 from her congressional campaign account, and that Durkee owed an apology to thousands of donors whose faith in democracy is now shaken.
Davis said Durkee had hurt “the reputation of our state and its political infrastructure.”
The crimes could have carried a maximum penalty of 100 years, but Durkee’s plea deal called for a possible sentence of 11 to 14 years.