Dixon comptroller

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The fourth online auction of former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell’s personal possessions is up and running. It began Tuesday. 

The auction features items from about 200 lots that did not sell in a previous auction, according to Sauk Valley Media. Offerings include leather jackets, sweatshirts, a fur vest, jeans, and a fur coat. The U.S. Marshals Service Asset Forfeiture Division lowered opening bids on the items this go-round in an attempt to attract more buyers.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

People interested in owning something that belonged to Dixon’s jailed former comptroller will get another chance.  The U.S. Marshals service will conduct an auction Feb. 23-March 8 of items that didn’t sell in the previous auction of Rita Crundwell’s possessions that ended last week.  Sauk Media reports opening bids will be lowered on the nearly 200 items in hopes of attracting buyers.  Most are women’s clothing, including western shirts, leather jackets, a fur vest and a fur coat. 

The loan repayment between Dixon's fire chief and Rita Crundwell has been satisfied, with interest compounded, to the satisfaction of the U.S. government. According to Lynzey Donahue, a spokesperson with the U.S. Marshals Service, the money from Timothy and Diane Shipman will be applied "in partial satisfaction to the restitution order issued by the U.S. District Court in United States v. Crundwell." 

The repayment, along with other money recently recovered, will be transferred to the city of Dixon.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Bad news for former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell today: a federal appeals court upheld her nearly 20-year prison sentence.

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.


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The city of Dixon has an unusual problem: how to spend $40 million. Citizens get their say tonight.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Dixon City Council approved a $40-million settlement with auditors and Fifth Third Bank at a special meeting today. The out-of-court settlement was reached on Friday with the companies the city blames for allowing former comptroller Rita Crundwell to embezzle $54-million over twenty years. 


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.

Crundwell Pleads Not Guilty in Court

Nov 1, 2012
Susan Stephens

Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell has pleaded not guilty to allegedly stealing millions of dollars in public funds and funneling the money into a secret bank account.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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.

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