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Rita Crundwell (right), the former comptroller of Dixon, Ill., who pleaded guilty in November 2012 to wire fraud, admitting she stole nearly $54 million from the city, arrives with her lawyer, Kristin Carpenter, at the federal courthouse in Rockford, Ill., for her sentencing on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Sauk Valley Media, Alex T. Paschal)

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Rita Crundwell (right), the former comptroller of Dixon, Ill., who pleaded guilty in November 2012 to wire fraud, admitting she stole nearly $54 million from the city, arrives with her lawyer, Kristin Carpenter, at the federal courthouse in Rockford, Ill., for her sentencing on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Sauk Valley Media, Alex T. Paschal)

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Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Ill., pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud in federal court Wednesday. Crundwell embezzled more than $50 million from her small town to bankroll a lavish lifestyle that included a nationally known horse-breeding operation. Her sentencing hearing is Feb. 14. (Associated Press)

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Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Ill., pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud in federal court Wednesday. Crundwell embezzled more than $50 million from her small town to bankroll a lavish lifestyle that included a nationally known horse-breeding operation. Her sentencing hearing is Feb. 14. (Associated Press)

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Rita Crundwell, former comptroller of Dixon, Ill., leaves federal court in Rockford, Ill., on Monday, May 7, 2012, after pleading not guilty at her arraignment to a single charge of wire fraud. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

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Rita Crundwell, former comptroller of Dixon, Ill., leaves federal court in Rockford, Ill., on Monday, May 7, 2012, after pleading not guilty at her arraignment to a single charge of wire fraud. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

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Rita Crundwell, of Dixon, Ill., poses with her horse, Pizzazzy Lady, at the 2011 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship in Oklahoma City. Ms. Crundwell is charged with stealing more than $30 million to back a lavish lifestyle. (The American Quarter Horse Journal via Associated Press)

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Rita Crundwell, of Dixon, Ill., poses with her horse, Pizzazzy Lady, at the 2011 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship in Oklahoma City. Ms. Crundwell is charged with stealing more than $30 million to back a lavish lifestyle. (The American Quarter Horse Journal via Associated Press)