For the first time the U.S. Marshals office lets the media inside the homes of the woman who stole $53 million from the City of Dixon. Rita Crundwell's personal property is for sale now and eventually those homes will be too.
She has three properties in Dixon. One she rented, one was where the majority of her horses were located and the final one was where she lived. And just like the money she took it had its extravagances.
"You are going to see is it was a rather lavish lifestyle as has been reported. The custom furniture in the home the constructed, money was not spared," says Jason Wojdylo of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Its evident in Crundwell's two story master bedroom suite besides a sitting area, there is a king sized bed, leather sitting chairs and massive desk. Not to mention the bathroom has walk-in closet and plus a shower with a horseshoe embedded in the floor.
Crundwell built her home on her family's former property. The six acre lot consists of a horse barn, a seven stall dog kennel that was heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer and an in-ground pool.
"I understand while the City of Dixon was closing its pool because it couldn't afford to operate them, the defendant built a pool complete with a sauna," says Wojdylo.
THE OWNER OF SHAMROCK PUB WHICH ISN'T EVEN A QUARTER MILE FROM CRUNDWELL'S HOME SAW CRUNDWELL AND HER FAMILY PRETTY REGULARLY IN HER RESTAURANT. SHE STILL HAS TROUBLE BELIEVING THE SAME WOMAN IS NOW HAVING HER BELONGING SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.
"Is it weird? Heck yeah. It's hard to imagine that it happened here especially knowing a lot of her family, its even harder to imagine."
THE AUCTION FOR CRUNDWELL'S PERSONAL PROPERTY LIKE THE PIANO. FURNITURE AND APPLIANCES CLOSES Saturday. You can bid on those items at http://online.professionalauction.com.
The U.S. Marshals Service is giving people a look at more of Rita Crundwell's property that's up for auction through Saturday.
Dixon's former comptroller, who admits to bilking the city out of more than $53 million, pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge on November 14, 2012, and agreed to pay the City of Dixon restitution totaling $53,740,394.
Crundwell was originally arrested in April. Since then the assets she obtained during the time she was stealing from the city has been liquidated in an effort to recover as much money as possible for the city. So far, the U.S. Marshals Service says $7.4 million has been recovered by selling her belongings in live and online auctions. Items sold include approximately 400 quarter horses, vehicles, trailers, and a luxury motor home.
On Friday, marshals will take the media through two homes and a horse farm owned by Crundwell in Dixon, to show the property and personal belongings that remain up for auction this weekend. The auction is being held online at http://www.professionalauction.com/.
"After researching the options, we determined that an online auction is the best method to keep our selling costs low and maximize proceeds to the victims in this case. We are working with Dixon Public Schools to arrange for a computer lab to accommodate those within the local community who may have some anxiety with online auctions," said U.S. Marshal Daryl McPherson of the Northern District of Illinois.
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