States hands down indictments on Rita Crundwell - – Rockford’s News Leader

States hands down indictments on Rita Crundwell


Accused embezzler Rita Crundwell could go to prison for the rest of her life.  Lee County prosecutors announce a new indictment against her that includes 60 counts.

You may remember the name.  People in Dixon won't forget it.  She's the former comptroller there accused of stealing more than $50 million from the city.

We would love to take on this investigation and do a great job like Sterling has.

Sterling Police, not Dixon, head the investigation.  That's the agency helping pin Crundwell with the 60 counts of theft on her recent indictment from the state.

Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss says it's to put to bed rumors of a conspiracy within their small corner of Illinois.

"There can't be any appearance of impropriety, we can't leave anything open for question," said Langloss.

This new indictment only tackles alleged incidents from two years ago.  Crundwell is accused of stealing the money for the past 22 years.

Lee County State's Attorney Henry Dixon says with both federal and state courts pursuing the case jurisdiction issues had to be worked out.

"I had to work closely with the United States' Attorney's Office so we could focus on a particular set of facts," said Dixon.

State investigators' timeframe starts January 1, 2010 and ends with Crundwell's arrest, last April.  In that amount of time, they say, she took money on 60 separate occasions.

Dixon Mayor James Burke knows what the community thinks: Crundwell could get off easy.

He thinks the state indictment will avoid that.

"I think this is the way we were pushing this was to get insurance, that if there was a slap on the wrist that it would be more from this angle," said Mayor James Burke.

As for Crundwell's assets including her prized horses, there's another auction this Sunday and Monday at her RC Ranch in Dixon.  Both days

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