Friday, April 20, 2012

Dixon Comptroller Charged With Stealing Millions in Public Funds

Rockford, Ill. – The comptroller of Dixon was arrested and charged Tuesday for allegedly stealing more than $30 million in city funds since 2006 to furnish her lavish lifestyle, which included a horse farm, seven tractor-trailer trucks and a $2.1 motor home, according to a federal complaint.

Rita A. Crundwell, 58, of Dixon, was charged with one federal count of wire fraud filed last Friday in U.S. District Court of Rockford and unsealed Tuesday following her arrest.

Dixon is about 42 miles southwest of Rockford with a population of approximately 15,733, the complaint said.

Crundwell has held the appointed position of Dixon comptroller since the early 1980s and handles all finances for the city, the complaint said. She earned an annual salary of $80,000.

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