Rita Crundwell

To Avoid Another Crundwell, Dixon Changes Government

Apr 25, 2016
City of Dixon, Illinois

The city of Dixon radically restructured its government to a council-manager format. The changes come in the wake of the Rita Crundwell embezzlement scandal.  Officials hope these adjustments will prevent a similar case of fraud.  

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. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

There may be another substantial amount of money from Rita Crundwell’s assets heading to the city of Dixon. The Justice Department has worked out a settlement with the former Dixon comptroller’s family.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Want to buy a trophy? Bridget Edgar hopes so. She’s the winner of the U.S. Marshals Service auction of hundreds of Rita Crundwell’s trophies, plaques, and statues. 

Crundwell is the former comptroller of Dixon who stole nearly $54 million from her hometown. Much of it was used to support her award-winning horse-breeding operations. She is now serving a nearly two-decade prison sentence. Her horses, homes and other possessions have been auctioned off by the federal government to help pay the cost of her prosecution and repay the city of Dixon.

U.S. Marshals Service

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.

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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.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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

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