Rita Crundwell

U.S. Marshals Service

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.

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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.