One of the lawyers for former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell has appealed Crundwell's sentence of almost 20 years in prison.
Crundwell was sentenced for wire fraud in the U.S. District Court in Rockford in February. Her attorney, Paul Gaziano, says the court mishandled its judgment and did not factor in his client's cooperation with authorities. Prosecutors have a deadline of August 9 to reply to his appeal.
Crundwell pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud for stealing over $53 million from the City of Dixon over the course of 20 years. She allegedly used the money to fund her own lifestyle and a national horse-breeding operation.
She is currently serving time in a federal prison in Waseka, Minnesota.
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