Rita Crundwell

Crundwell Jewelry Auction Nets 250K

Feb 25, 2013
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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


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.

Crundwell Pleads Not Guilty in Court

Nov 1, 2012
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.