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Rita Crundwell Case
6:12 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Ex-Dixon Comptroller's 20-Year Sentence Upheld

Rita Crundwell leaves the federal courthouse in Rockford with her attorneys after initially pleading "not guilty" in May 2012.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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

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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 Case
4:45 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Dixon: How Would YOU Spend $40-million?

Dark clouds moving out of Dixon?
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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

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Rita Crundwell Case
3:12 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Dixon Takes $40-Million Settlement With Auditors And Bank

Credit 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. 

aired 9/26/13 WNIJ

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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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Rita Crundwell Case
6:17 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Crundwell Pleads Not Guilty in Court

Entrance to Rita Crundwell's horse farm near Dixon
Credit 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.

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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.

Rita Crundwell Case
2:36 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Grand Jury Indicts Ex-Comptroller On 60 Counts

Lee County State's Attorney Henry Dixon announces state charges against former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell now faces more charges related to missing city funds.

Lee County State's Atty. Henry Dixon announced this afternoon that a grand jury has indicted Crundwell on 60 felony theft counts, said to have taken place between January 19, 2010, and April 16, 2012. Each count accuses her of stealing more than $100,000 from the city while serving as comptroller.

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Government
10:40 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Horses for sale, curious entries in Crundwell case

UPDATE: (6/16/12) 

A federal judge has granted permission to the U.S. Marshals Service to begin selling 401 quarter horses owned by former Dixon Comptroller Rita A. Crundwell.

Federal marshals wanted permission to sell some or all of the more than 400 horses owned by former Dixon Comptroller Rita A. Crundwell because of “burdensome” costs, according to a federal court filing this week.

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Government
9:37 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Dixon mayor says comptroller used pension funds to pay city bills

Rita A. Crundwell

  Two interim comptrollers hired by the City of Dixon have discovered that fired Comptroller Rita Crundwell transferred money out of the police and fire pension funds to pay city bills Dixon Mayor Jim Burke told sauk valley.com about $100,000 was transferred out of the pension fund, which is not supposed to be touched, and into the general fund from which bills are paid.

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