Rita Crundwell

Rita Crundwell Case
3:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Crundwell Changes Plea To Guilty In Federal Case

Acting U.S. Attorney Gary Shapiro, FBI Acting Special Agent-in-Charge William Monroe, U.S. Marshal Daryl McPherson, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Pedersen and Scott Paccagnini.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell pleaded "guilty" in federal court Wednesday morning.

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Rita Crundwell Case
2:40 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Wanna Buy A Microscope? Latest Crundwell Auction Underway

Rita Crundwell's personalized paint job on trailer that's up for auction this week.
Credit professionalauction.com

UPDATE 11/14/12: The trailer/lab equipment auction yielded $56,450. The trailer went for $31,500.

UPDATE: Crundwell changed plea to guilty: see follow-up stories.

Time is running out for anyone interested in getting a deal on a horse hematology lab. The auctioning of former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell’s possessions continues, with a trailer and lab equipment on the on-line block until Wednesday night.

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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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Illinois
8:49 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Crundwell Horse Sale Underway

Entrance to Rita Crundwell's horse farm near Dixon
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A live auction of hundreds of horses kicked off this weekend in northern Illinois. The animals once belonged to Dixon's former comptroller, who's accused of embezzling millions of dollars from the city.

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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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Illinois
7:56 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Online Auction For Crundwell Horses Begins Friday

Entrance to Rita Crundwell's horse farm near Dixon
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Federal marshals want to sell off hundreds of horses belonging to Rita Crundwell, the former Dixon city comptroller accused of stealing more than $53 million while on the job.

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The Crundwell Case
11:02 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Rockford vet seeks payment from Crundwell assets

Rockford-based Strathman Veterinary Services Inc. says Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell owes more than $52,000 for services to 67 of her horses, according to documents filed in federal court this week.

The company’s attorney filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed in early May to recoup those losses when U.S. Marshals sell those and 334 other horses that belong to Crundwell.

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Business
11:52 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Dixon horse auction is likely this summer

U.S. Marshals Service

At least some of the more than 400 prime quarter horses belonging to former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell  should go on the block at a multi-day, live public auction later this summer in Dixon under a proposal by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Using www.fedbizopps.gov,the Marshals Service has posted a dozen or so documents detailing the requirements to bid for the contract – including the fact that it is open only to small businesses.

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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
10:30 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Around Illinois – June 7

  • State high court rejects GOP redistricting complaint
  • Good news is bad news on unemployment benefits
  • Convicted powerbroker Cellini suffers heart attack
  • New party joins Crundwell case seeking payment

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