Former Dixon Comptroller sentencing today

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Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell faces sentencing Thursday, after stealing more than $53 million from the small northwest town.

Crundwell, 60, pleaded guilty to a single felony count of wire fraud, which calls for no more than 20-years in prison. But prosecutors want more, in a case which ranks as one of the country’s greatest examples of fraud.

According to the Chicago Tribune, in the early years, prosecutors said Crundwell annually stole a few hundred thousand dollars, but by the late 1990s, as her quarter-horse business expanded and gained national attention, the thefts exploded, growing to more than $1 million in 1999, then nearly doubling to $2 million the next year.

Crundwell still faces 60 state charges of felony theft, each of which carries a potential sentence of up to 30 years in prison on conviction.

That case is due back in court in Lee County on March 4.

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  • No Longer buddies

    Hope NO ONE goes Poor Poor Rita! Knowing her and Mc Killips 32+ years, and the how she even kept lying to even so called friends and the QH Industry. I used to look up to Rita and Jim. Now! To me they are NOTHING, but modern day CROOK's, and most everyone have nothing short of disgust for eithery, and feel terrible for the pain she caused Dixon and its residents. Through the years, she flaunted and Jim flaunted what they had Now CARMA a BITCH Jim? McKillips knew all along where ALL the MONEY he was SPENDING really came from ! Maybe after Rita's judgement today, The FBI and State of IL will arrest and persue against Jim McKillips, finally/ We all know all they had were actually his total dreams….

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