Rita Crundwell

7:18 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Anti-Corruption Bills Await Senate Action

State Representative Tom Demmer

Legislation inspired by the Rita Crundwell scandal could soon see activity in the Illinois Senate. Crundwell is the former Dixon comptroller who is serving a federal prison sentence for stealing millions of dollars from the city.

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Rita Crundwell Case
6:24 am
Wed April 17, 2013

The Crundwell Effect: One Year Later

Rita Crundwell

It’s been one year since federal authorities announced the arrest of Rita Crundwell. The former Dixon comptroller is serving out a prison sentence after she admitted to stealing millions of dollars from the city. One year later, this situation is still being discussed by policy leaders in Illinois.

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5:16 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Rita Crundwell's State Case Still Pending

Dixon's former comptroller was back in court Monday. Rita Crundwell's attorney wants a judge to dismiss state charges against his client, who was sentenced last month to more than 19-years in federal prison.

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4:53 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Crundwell Jewelry Auction Nets 250K

Credit U.S. Marshals Service

A sale of Rita Crundwell's jewelry brought in more than $250,000.  The U.S. Marshals Service reports the highest item went for more than $12,000. The auction was conducted online and the furthest bid came from Hawaii.

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5:37 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Dixon Doesn't Want State Charges Against Crundwell Dropped

Dixon Mayor Jim Burke

The city of Dixon wants state charges against its former comptroller Rita Crundwell to move forward. Crundwell was sentenced last week to more than 19 years in federal prison for embezzling more than 50-million dollars from the city.

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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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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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Rita Crundwell
4:48 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Crundwell's Properties Sell for $3 million

Rita Crundwell's primary Dixon residence
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

The U.S. Marshals Service has entered deals for more than $3 million with buyers on the sale of three of five properties owned by Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Ill. She pleaded guilty to a federal charge of fraud in November.

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6:22 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Total for Sold Crundwell Assets at $7.9 Million

Jenna Dooley WNIJ

U.S. Marshals sold off a substantial amount of former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell’s belongings this weekend. The online auctions netted more than $275,000. That money will be added to a growing escrow account that will someday be turned over to the city of Dixon as restitution for the $53 million Crundwell has admitted to stealing from the city.  The U.S. Marshals Service says the latest figures do not include Crundwell’s five real estate holdings and her jewelry collection.

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Rita Crundwell
2:01 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Slideshow: Rita Crundwell's Dixon Properties

Chandelier in Crundwell Residence
Jenna Dooley

Reporters were offered a glimpse into several properties owned by former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell.

The U.S. Marshals Service will sell the furnishings and other personal property from Rita Crundwell’s residences in Dixon, Ill., and Englewood, Fla., via online auction through Dec. 8 at http://online.professionalauction.com.

The Marshals have received unsolicited offers for three pieces of Crundwell’s real property and are accepting competing offers until Dec. 21.

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