Crundwell

Rita Crundwell Case
5:51 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Ideas Abound For Dixon's $40-Million

Dixon's Finance Director Paula Meyer and Police Chief Danny Langloss lead the town hall meeting.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

About 200 people showed up for a town hall meeting in Dixon last night to hear more about the financial state of their city…and offer suggestions on how to spend nearly 40-million dollars.

aired 10/11/13

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Rita Crundwell
4:50 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Government Finishes Sale of Crundwell Assets

Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

U.S. Marshals Service Says Selling Crundwell's Assets Was Not All "Smooth Sailing"

Federal marshals have now liquidated all of the known assets of Rita Crundwell, the former Dixon comptroller who admitted to embezzling nearly $53 million from the city.

Last week, marshals sold Crundwell’s final three assets, including two vehicles and a trailer. That sale brought in about $36,000.

Crundwell was sentenced in February to 19.5 years in federal prison.

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Rita Crundwell Case
4:32 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Ex-Dixon Comptroller Gets 19.5 Years

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Pedersen was lead prosecutor in the Rita Crundwell case.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell was sentenced today to serve 235 months -- 19 years and 7 months -- in prison on one federal count of wire fraud resulting from her embezzlement of more than $53 million in public funds from the City of Dixon.

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Dixon
9:37 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Slideshow: Rita Crundwell's Jewelry

U.S. Marshals Service

These pictures are a small sample of the 228 pieces  in the Crundwell jewelry collection that will be sold at a U.S. Marshals Service live auction next month.

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Rita Crundwell
5:06 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Crundwell Liquidation Nearly Complete

Credit Jenna Dooley

The U.S. Marshals Service has liquidated nearly all of the assets of Rita Crundwell, the former Dixon comptroller who admitted embezzling vast sums from the city. One of the final sales will be her personal jewelry collection. The jewelry sale, scheduled Feb. 23 in Texas, will be simulcast to reach a wider audience.

When all is said and done, the city of Dixon will only recoup a fraction of the $53 million taken from the city's coffers over the last two decades.

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Crundwell Case
11:26 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Crundwell Home Furnishings and Homes for Sale

U.S. Marshals Service

The U.S. Marshals Service is selling three of Rita Crundwell's properties.  According to a news release, the Marshals have received  offers for three of the properties and are accepting competing offers until noon Dec. 21. Public inspections of the three properties will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 and 14. A sales plan on Crundwell’s two additional real estate holdings in Dixon and Englewood, Fla., both residential properties, is pending.

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Dixon Comptroller
8:29 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Crundwell Horse Auction Nets Nearly $5-Million

Gabe Deckard of Marshall, IL makes friends at Rita Crundwell's horse auction.
Susan Stephens WNIJ
  • Rita Crundwell horse auction, extended feature.

A  two-day horse auction in Dixon has netted nearly five million dollars, according to a U.S. Marshals Service representative. More than 300 of Rita Crundwell’s horses were sold Sunday and Monday. The former Dixon comptroller is accused of stealing more than 53-million dollars from the city. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens has more from Monday’s auction at Crundwell’s horse farm.

Government
10:18 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Not guilty plea in Dixon case: expert urges public to be aware of fraud

Rita Crundwell leaves the federal courthouse in Rockford, flanked by her attorneys Paul Gaziano and Kristen Carpenter
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell pleaded “not guilty” in federal court in Rockford Monday. She’s accused of stealing 53-million dollars from her hometown over the past 20 years.

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Government
7:40 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Dixon reacts to comptroller arrest, media attention

The city of Dixon garnered the world’s attention this week with the arrest of the city’s comptroller. Rita Crundwell was charged in federal court with wire fraud, related to more than 3 million dollars missing from the city’s coffers since last Fall. Federal investigators also accuse her of embezzling more than 30-million dollars from the city over the past six years. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens has been following the story all week. She spoke with Jenna Dooley about the case and what she learned about the 58-year-old Dixon native while talking to people who know her.

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Update: Comptroller fraud
3:00 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Dixon city comptroller out of jail after arrest on federal fraud charges

Entrance to Rita Crundwell's horse farm near Dixon
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Read an interesting twist on this case at www.theatlanticcities.com

DIXON — Rita A. Crundwell, the Dixon city comptroller who was arrested Tuesday on a federal charge of defrauding the City of Dixon of more than $3.2 million in public funds since last fall, was released from federal custody Wednesday. Her freedom while she awaits trial, however, rests on a number of conditions agreed upon by her attorneys, federal prosecutors, and federal magistrate P. Michael Mahoney.

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