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.
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.
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.