Rita Crundwell

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There’s still more money to be wrung from the former Dixon comptroller’s assets. Another auction of Rita Crundwell’s possessions begins next week. 

U.S. Marshals have recovered and returned about $9.5 million of the nearly $54 million Crundwell stole from the city of Dixon. Crundwell embezzled the money from the city’s coffers over two decades. She was convicted of fraud in 2012.


The latest online auction for Rita Crundwell's belongings is now over. According to a release from the U.S. Marshals Service, the auction brought in $46,000. The highest sold item was an English saddle for $2,040. The former Dixon comptroller is now behind bars after stealing millions of dollars from the city to support her lavish lifestyle.

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If you're in the market for nearly 900 trophies and plaques, the U.S. Marshals Service has a deal for you.


Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell won a lot of awards during 22 years as one of the top breeders of quarter horses in the country. That was before she was found guilty of stealing nearly 54 million dollars from her hometown.

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Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell is still earning money from behind bars.

Crundwell is serving a nearly 20-year prison sentence for stealing $53 million dollars from the city she served for two decades.

Most of her belongings have been sold with the money already going to her victim—the city of Dixon.

U.S. Marshals are trying to get the government a direct line to breeder royalties she still earns from her former horses.  So far it’s been about $13,000 to $15,000 each year.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Dixon city leaders are working on specifics of how to allocate millions of dollars recovered from the Rita Crundwell scandal. The former city treasurer is behind bars for embezzling $53 million over more than two decades.

Sauk Valley Media: Dixon Council Shuffles More Crundwell Dollars

Crundwell Can't Keep Trophies

May 27, 2015
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A federal judge has ruled that imprisoned former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell can't keep a collection of horse trophies and other personal items stored in Illinois and Wisconsin.

The Dixon Telegraph reports U.S. District Judge Philip Reinhard on Tuesday ordered Crundwell to forfeit the items to help repay more than $53 million in restitution that she owes the city of Dixon.  

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

U.S. District Judge Philip Reinhard this week ordered about $90,000 in retirement fund reimbursements be given over to the government.

According to Sauk Valley Media, Crundwell's attorney contested inclusion of those funds with the total restitution Crundwell was ordered to pay after pleading guilty to wire fraud in 2012.

A New Way Of Cutting Checks At Dixon City Hall

Apr 17, 2014

It was two years ago this week when one of the biggest cases of municipal fraud in U.S. history began to unfold. Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell was arrested for stealing for more than $50 million from the city. Crundwell is now serving time in federal prison.

In Dixon, city officials continue to implement reforms they hope will prevent similar action in the future.

U.S. Marshals

The U.S. Marshals Service has transferred $9.2 million to the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. According to a news release, the money will be applied to the restitution ordered by the court to be paid to the city of Dixon in the Rita Crundwell fraud case.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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