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Fmr Dixon, IL Comptroller, Rita Crundwell, Sentenced to 19 1/2 Years In Prison
Forbes ^ | 14 February 2013 | Walter Pavlo

Posted on 06/29/2013 1:58:39 PM PDT by Lorianne

Today, District Judge Philip Reinhard sentenced former City of Dixon, IL Comptroller Rita Crundwell (60) to 19 1/2 years (235 months) in prison for diverting $53 million from city coffers to her own benefit … one of those benefits was buying horses …. 400 of them at the time of her arrest.

Rita Crundwell had to be one of the most trusted people on Dixon, IL’s payroll. She started working for the finance department for the City of Dixon, IL while still in high school in 1970. In 1983, she was appointed as the comptroller/treasurer … seven years later she would begin her scheme that would span 22 years. The initial thefts started out small, amounting to $181,000 in 1991. By 2008, Crundwell’s thefts resulted in a diversion of $5.8 million for that year alone, also the height of the financial crisis. All the while, Crundwell not only participated in budget meetings for the city with other City Council members, but she voiced a need for Dixon to make spending cuts due to a lack of sufficient funds. Her horse business thrived. The government in a motion to the court stated that Crundwell and her horses won numerous awards at national Quarter Horse competitions including being named the leading owner by the American Quarter Horse Association for eight consecutive years prior to her arrest.

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1 posted on 06/29/2013 1:58:39 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Been following this case as it’s close to home.

Good! Sadly, they didn’t just hang her!

Seriously, she must’ve really had them bamboozled, as that’s a LOT of money to go missing from a relatively small town!

Also - kinda stoopid of them to let her run the show all those years - obviously with no checks or balances.

She would’ve made a GREAT CongressCritter, though, LOL!


2 posted on 06/29/2013 2:01:28 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Lorianne

I suspect that a lot of this kind of thing goes on all across the country.

Too many people watching American Idol instead of keeping a hawk-eye on their elected officials.


3 posted on 06/29/2013 2:05:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Lorianne
No mention of party affiliation? Lemme guess. Do I need to say it?
4 posted on 06/29/2013 2:06:45 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tactical Awareness. Use your brain. Then bring the pain.)
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To: Lorianne
Well it's a swell picture of the horse. What about her? More scarier than Pelosi or  photo daily_picdump_484_640_101.jpg
5 posted on 06/29/2013 2:06:45 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Lorianne

There is something about this story that does not add up (no pun intended). Dixon, Illinois is a small city with a population of just over 15,000 people. I can see someone stealing a few thousand dollars a year-but $100,000 at first and then one year $2.5 million. How could one person steal $2.5 million dollars-where were the auditors?

This just does not make sense. Oh and no one noticed that this woman on her salary owned 400 horses?


6 posted on 06/29/2013 2:25:36 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Yup, she is a democrap. Fun trying to google a LSM source that says that, though. Was going to link one, but the best candidate on 3 pages of google hits was DU, and I won’t link them.


7 posted on 06/29/2013 2:29:38 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Same here, even closer....but c’mon...

With budgets the way they are in a city this size, how in the world could someone NOT know? I’ve never been able to understand this but I’m glad she’ll be going away for a long time. They hung horse thieves, so why not hang those who thieve to buy horses? Seems like pretty much the same thing!


8 posted on 06/29/2013 2:30:21 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Lorianne

What the heck kind of taxes were the people in that town paying? They must all be furious that she took their money and kept so much of it for herself.


9 posted on 06/29/2013 2:35:49 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: Lorianne

Just more government thievery. Nothing new.


10 posted on 06/29/2013 2:37:52 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Lorianne

That is 2.7 million dollars a year. At that rate Obama campaign Bundler John Corrazone should spend Five Thousand Five Hundred and Eighteen years behind bars.

But, he walks free.


11 posted on 06/29/2013 2:41:35 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: American in Israel

The moral of this story, is don’t steal from the Chicago Mob’s turf.


12 posted on 06/29/2013 2:42:50 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Maine Mariner

Not unusual at all for small town elected officials to put complete trust in city employees. And city employees frequently have statewide or larger organizations that teach members how to bamboozle elected officials.

In most states, a state auditor would double-check city finances. I would imagine in corrupt Illinois this wouldn’t be a high priority, or was just a matter of bribery.

The scam was massive. In 2012 she scammed over half the city’s spending:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2012/Rita-Crundwell-and-the-Dixon-Embezzlement/


13 posted on 06/29/2013 2:47:38 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Lorianne

I heard they had to build another prison just to hold all the crooked politicians being spawned in Illinois.

Pray that Rahm is next!


14 posted on 06/29/2013 3:01:16 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Hitler would have LOVED obozo!)
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To: jjotto

I understand about the trust part, but as you noted she took
half of the funds for 2012 and no one noticed?

If she collected the money, deposited the money, and disbursed the money, I could see being able to take something but half?


15 posted on 06/29/2013 3:01:51 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: jjotto

Bump for link, later. :)


16 posted on 06/29/2013 3:07:28 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: jjotto

You can really imagine when three controlling empolyees get together and steal funds!
We had a County Judge that had better equipment than the County Road Department.


17 posted on 06/29/2013 3:09:24 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Maine Mariner

Page 5 of the chicagomag link explains it. She shuffled money in and out of the Illinois Fund, a money market mutual fund open to Illinois municipalities. I think all states have such group funds for cities. Plenty of room for scams.

Also, states and feds meddle in city affairs. Easy to claim money is due from them.

Local auditors have shut up. They’re getting a good look.

Should be FReepers with small-town political and accounting experience. I’m looking forward to their reactions.


18 posted on 06/29/2013 3:32:50 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Maine Mariner; flaglady47; Chigirl 26; prairiebreeze; hoosiermama; mickie
For her to participate doggedly in her own destruction for 22 years shows she has a sociopathic personality disorder...i.e., she completely lacks a sense of moral responsibility and a social conscience.

In other words, inside her brain she's psycho, outside she appears normal.

Being a comptroller she knew how to conceal her peculations....and she was cunning enough to project an honest and personable persona.

Fascinating stuff.

Since she's a comptroller will the city let her investigate herself like Holder is going to investigate himself in what has to be one of the all-time political absurdities in our country's history?

Leni

19 posted on 06/29/2013 3:34:00 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Lorianne
"...one of those benefits was buying horses..."

Aw, c'mon Wilbur, pleeese don't send me to th' glue factory..

20 posted on 06/29/2013 4:10:50 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Dick Bachert

What do you call a building in Illinois full of politicians ?
A prison

Illinois is no longer the Land of Abe but the land of linked cons !


21 posted on 06/29/2013 5:22:01 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then!)
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To: MinuteGal

Even then, it’s amazing that she could “hide” it for so long. Almost makes a person wonder if some others knew about it and skimmed off of her, although no such allegations have surfaced.

Thanks for the ping.


22 posted on 06/29/2013 6:48:49 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Maine Mariner
This just does not make sense. Oh and no one noticed that this woman on her salary owned 400 horses?

She had help.

23 posted on 06/30/2013 6:43:30 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (The Lefties can drink Kool-Aid; I will drink Tea.)
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To: Maine Mariner
How could one person steal $2.5 million dollars-where were the auditors?

She had to have had help. And if so, that's conspiracy. If she is the only one charged then she is being thrown under the bus. If no deal was struck then she may sing.

24 posted on 06/30/2013 9:48:01 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tactical Awareness. Use your brain. Then bring the pain.)
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