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  • Marshals still going after ex-comptroller's assets

    The U.S. Marshals Service says it's not done seizing and selling off the assets of a former city comptroller who stole nearly $54 million in public funds.

  • Lawyer: No more appeals for ex-Dixon comptroller

    A former comptroller who stole almost $54 million from a northern Illinois community has decided she won't further attempt to have her nearly 20-year prison sentence reduced.

  • 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)

    Bookkeeper who stole $53M from Illinois city gets nearly 20 years

    A former city bookkeeper was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Thursday for embezzling more than $53 million from her Illinois community, in what ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state's corruption-rich history.

  • 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)

    Bookkeeper guilty in $53M scam

    A longtime bookkeeper pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling more than $50 million from a small city in Illinois to fund a lavish lifestyle that included a nationally known horse-breeding operation.

  • American Scene: NRC chair says no timetable for nuke plant restart

    The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday there is no timetable for restarting the sidelined San Onofre nuclear plant on the Southern California coast and a federal review of its troubled tubing will take whatever time is necessary to complete.

  • 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)

    Small-town Ill. official pleads not guilty to stealing $53 million

    The former comptroller of a small northern Illinois city pleaded not guilty Monday to charges alleging she stole more than $53 million of the public's money to fund a lavish lifestyle and create one of the nation's foremost horse-breeding operations.

  • 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)

    Hometown of Reagan reels from scandal

    The small-town bookkeeper dazzled friends and co-workers with invitations to her immaculate horse ranch and home, where she displayed trophies brought back from world championship exhibitions and offered for sale some of the best-bred horses in the nation.

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