By Sean F. Driscoll of the Rockford Register Star
…former Dixon comptroller stole more than $53 million during her 20-year career for the city
ROCKFORD, IL — More than 400 horses belonging to Rita Crundwell will be sold by Sept. 30 as part of a civil forfeiture case stemming from criminal allegations that the former Dixon comptroller stole more than $53 million during her 20-year career for the city.
The proceeds of the sale will be used to pay for the horses’ upkeep since Crundwell’s April 17 arrest. Other parties, including those with liens on the horses, are filing claims with the court to recover their funds as well.
United States Attorneys announced the sale timeline today during a status hearing with Magistrate Judge P. Michael Mahoney. An exact date and place for the sale won’t be known until the U.S. Marshals Service awards a contract to an auction service.
Also at the hearing, Crundwell’s defense attorneys asked for more time to review the now-18,000 pages of evidence in the case; Mahoney granted the request and set the next status hearing for 11 a.m. Aug. 29.