Former Ill. Town Comptroller Charged With $53M Fraud

Law360, Chicago (May 1, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT) -- An ex-official of Dixon, Ill., was indicted Tuesday for allegedly bilking the city out of more than $53 million since 1990 to fund her horse breeding business and other expenses, a huge expansion on the charge that led to her arrest last month.

Former Dixon Comptroller Rita A. Crundwell, 59, is facing one count of wire fraud in the criminal proceeding, as well as forfeiture allegations that the government launched in a separate civil proceeding Tuesday. In the civil case, government attorneys are trying to wrest...
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