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Ex-Dixon official's home: Pool, baby grand, chandelier with pistols (faces 60 felony charges)
Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/07/12

Posted on 12/07/2012 7:50:03 PM PST by Libloather

Ex-Dixon official's home: Pool, baby grand, chandelier with pistols
Associated Press
4:15 p.m. CST, December 7, 2012

Rita Crundwell spared no expense when she built and furnished her sprawling home with custom touches like a chandelier made of old revolvers and spurs, an in-ground pool and a baby grand piano in the wood-beamed living room.

**SNIP**

And she did it all, Crundwell has admitted, by stealing $53 million from the people of Dixon, embezzling the money over two decades while serving as comptroller in the city that was Ronald Reagan's boyhood home. The 59-year-old pleaded guilty last month and will be sentenced Feb. 14. She was allowed to remain free until then and still faces 60 separate state felony charges for theft in Lee County. She has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; chandelier; chicago; pistols
It's not illegal until you get caught.
1 posted on 12/07/2012 7:50:11 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather
"He said $53 million could have done a lot of good for a lot more people. "It could have paid for city hall, it could have paid for the police and fire, it could have paid for our water and sewer treatment plant, we could have had better roads and possibly our citizens' taxes could have been lower," said Considine"

Well, there's a typical gov't mindset.

2 posted on 12/07/2012 7:55:56 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Libloather

Why rob banks? Just work for the government.


3 posted on 12/07/2012 7:58:55 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Libloather

“It could have paid for city hall, it could have paid for the police and fire, it could have paid for our water and sewer treatment plant, we could have had better roads .....Yep. Spend, spend,spend.


4 posted on 12/07/2012 7:59:11 PM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Libloather

Dixon Illinois

Ronald Reagan’s old stomping grounds...


5 posted on 12/07/2012 7:59:40 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Libloather

$53 million over 20 years-who audited the books-her brother?
One person can embezzle $2.5 million dollars a year for 20 years and nobody noticed it or her lavish life style on her salary.


6 posted on 12/07/2012 8:03:26 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: Libloather

I’m just surprised that she’s not on paid leave during all of this.


7 posted on 12/07/2012 8:04:53 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: GeronL

There’s a women’s prison just up the road in Dwight. I’d be honored to give her a lift.


8 posted on 12/07/2012 8:08:19 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: CrazyIvan

Well, the awful thing about sending her to prison (which is where she should be) is that she’s still costing the taxpayers money.

Maybe a chain gang is where she should be. At least she might be put to work paving roads or some such that would benefit the tax payers......


9 posted on 12/07/2012 8:12:55 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: CrazyIvan

Well, the awful thing about sending her to prison (which is where she should be) is that she’s still costing the taxpayers money.

Maybe a chain gang is where she should be. At least she might be put to work paving roads or some such that would benefit the tax payers......


10 posted on 12/07/2012 8:13:07 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: CrazyIvan

Well, the awful thing about sending her to prison (which is where she should be) is that she’s still costing the taxpayers money.

Maybe a chain gang is where she should be. At least she might be put to work paving roads or some such that would benefit the tax payers......


11 posted on 12/07/2012 8:13:07 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: CrazyIvan

Well, the awful thing about sending her to prison (which is where she should be) is that she’s still costing the taxpayers money.

Maybe a chain gang is where she should be. At least she might be put to work paving roads or some such that would benefit the tax payers......


12 posted on 12/07/2012 8:13:07 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: basil

Jeeze—do y’all get my point? I only hit post once, I promise.

Let’s see if this one posts several times.


13 posted on 12/07/2012 8:15:01 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Maine Mariner

What is the annual budget in that town?


14 posted on 12/07/2012 8:18:10 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Maine Mariner

annual budget $8-9 million

!!!!

How in the world did nobody notice???


15 posted on 12/07/2012 8:20:35 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: basil
I'm all for your idea. Not only should we get some productivity out of prisoners, the fear of work would make prison less desirable to them.
16 posted on 12/07/2012 8:24:28 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: GeronL

She did pretty good on an 80,000.00 a year salary. /s


17 posted on 12/07/2012 8:25:22 PM PST by fudimo
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To: CrazyIvan

this is not a new story... here is an interesting link:

http://www.illinoispolicy.org/blog/blog.asp?ArticleSource=4806


18 posted on 12/07/2012 8:26:27 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Libloather

Her job was an appointed job. Guess which party appointed her? (D).


19 posted on 12/07/2012 8:26:37 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: fudimo

public funds for PIG RACING

http://www.illinoispolicy.org/blog/blog.asp?ArticleSource=5323


20 posted on 12/07/2012 8:28:03 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Thanks for the info.


21 posted on 12/07/2012 8:30:42 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: blueunicorn6

She did have some expenses, but I’m not sure they add up to $53 million. Plus, she was making $80,000 a year salary. I’d take a look at the Democrat party books, too.


22 posted on 12/07/2012 8:31:50 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Libloather
waaaaaaaaaaaaa...

23 posted on 12/07/2012 8:38:57 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: blueunicorn6
Her job was an appointed job. Guess which party appointed her? (D).

Since she's a (D), her sentence will 37 months at "Camp Cupcake", the cushiest prison the feds run for well-connected female felons. She will be sent to a halfway house after about 18 months have gone by.

At least that's how it works for Monica Conyers, (D)(Detroit). Although she petitioned the judge for a complete pardon based on her importance to the community, her role as a role model, her connections to more important people, and her membership in "Eric Holder's People" group.

The judge ignored her plea, so she complained about the brutal conditions she was confined in. Nobody gave her special privileges, despite her importance. She could not get a second desert, there was just basic cable in her room, and work in the laundry room was demeaning to one of her stature and family background.

All that torture, just for copping a plea on a measly $7000 bribe.

24 posted on 12/07/2012 8:43:12 PM PST by 300winmag (Overkill Never Fails)
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To: Maine Mariner

Just like the IRS sending over 2000 tax refunds to the same address, it is not the government worker’s money, so they don’t care.


25 posted on 12/07/2012 9:15:07 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Maine Mariner

Just like the IRS sending over 2000 tax refunds to the same address, it is not the government worker’s money, so they don’t care.


26 posted on 12/07/2012 9:15:32 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: CrazyIvan

I wouldn’t want that nasty broad anywhere NEAR my car!;)


27 posted on 12/07/2012 9:32:14 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Chode

Hey, isn’t that the guy from WKRP on the right?
Les Nessman? sp?


28 posted on 12/07/2012 9:48:01 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Libloather

Show’s how stupid dems really are. She should have set up and offshore account and after 10 years of getting away with it, she should have taken a vacation to the Bahamas and never came back. I wonder just how she managed to keep this hidden for 20 years. Anyone want to bet she “shared the wealth” with at least one person and probably more.


29 posted on 12/07/2012 11:26:56 PM PST by calex59
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To: tet68
Hey, isn’t that the guy from WKRP on the right? Les Nessman? sp?

You mean the winner of the hawkeye news award for however many years in a row?

30 posted on 12/07/2012 11:30:04 PM PST by calex59
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To: Libloather

Over two decades and the town didn’t figure it out? What the hell, didn’t the city fathers ever do an audit?


31 posted on 12/08/2012 12:11:44 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt.)
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To: Maine Mariner

This is supposed to be “civilization.” Nobody questioned the books for 20 years. I wonder how much of this stuff a nationwide audit would unearth.


32 posted on 12/08/2012 12:28:33 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Maine Mariner

You would think anybody with a brain would send the money offshore, retire to Costa Rica and live like a king for the rest of your life. Nobody would know the difference. If they hadn’t found it in 20 years they never would have.

But... they cannot resist living in the here and now.


33 posted on 12/08/2012 2:22:43 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: basil

At least she might be put to work paving roads or some such that would benefit the tax payers......


That’s exactly what we should be doing with the people on welfare.


34 posted on 12/08/2012 4:08:23 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Paladin2
"He said $53 million could have done a lot of good for a lot more people. "It could have paid for city hall, it could have paid for the police and fire, it could have paid for our water and sewer treatment plant, we could have had better roads and possibly our citizens' taxes could have been lower," said Considine"

$53 million has been downgraded from where it was - reminds me of Austin Powers set to demand a million dollars and his aide whispers in his ear before he decides to demand a billion dollars...

35 posted on 12/08/2012 5:13:50 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Libloather

This is pretty near to where I live.

There is no way that she was the only one on the take. For starters the bank had to know (she was writing checks to herself, which she should not have been able to do).


36 posted on 12/08/2012 6:00:06 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Conservative4Ever

They did many audits, but she was the one doing them.

She got “caught” when an AccountTemp was brought in to cover for her over vacation. The temp wasn’t in on it, and called the FBI (not the local or state cops).

I wonder who else was on the take.


37 posted on 12/08/2012 6:03:15 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: redgolum

She was apparently very competent in more activities than breeding horses.


38 posted on 12/08/2012 6:27:16 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: tet68
maybe he's starting his pork belly report with her....
39 posted on 12/08/2012 6:37:57 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: blueunicorn6
Guess which party appointed her? (D).

Greed is really an extreme form of envy, which is why most greedy people are leftists. 'tics claim Republicans are the greedy ones when actually the 'tics are just projecting their envy onto their wealthier targets. Most "greed" brought up by the MSM is not real greed, but this story is a typical example of the real McCoy, including the signature (D) mark.

40 posted on 12/08/2012 8:19:15 AM PST by Reeses
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To: redgolum
Well there was the problem of course, the city was allowing what sounds like a self audit. Dumb, and this woman deserves what she gets, and any and all others who were in on this fraud and embezzlement. Makes ya wonder who else was in on this.
41 posted on 12/08/2012 8:51:05 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt.)
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To: Maine Mariner

I was thinking the same thing. They must have had a hell of a surplus.


42 posted on 12/08/2012 1:35:22 PM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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