- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

DIXON, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge has approved a transaction that means the city of Dixon will get $680,000 more in restitution from imprisoned former comptroller Rita Crundwell.

A judge approved a deal Wednesday that will have Humphrey Family Farms turn over a parcel of land to the U.S. Marshal’s Service, The (Dixon) Telegraph reported. The farm is a partnership with four of Crundwell’s five siblings that owns 342 acres in Lee County.

Crundwell is serving 20 years in a federal prison for stealing nearly $54 million from the city over two decades while she was its bookkeeper. She used the money to support a lavish lifestyle and a nationally renowned horse-breeding operation. Crundwell was arrested in 2012, and pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

The money will be added to other recent funds due to the city in the Crundwell case. Those include $125,000 from three sales of Crundwell personal items, $55,000 in breeder royalties, and the proceeds from an upcoming auction of what is believed to be the last of Crundwell’s possessions. That auction is scheduled for Jan. 19.

Jason Wojdylo, chief inspector of the U.S. Marshals Service Asset Forfeiture Division, said the city should expect checks worth more than $1 million around April 17. So far the city has been paid about $40.2 million in connection with the Crundwell case. About $30 million came from a lawsuit settled with its auditor and banker, and more than $10 million from the sale of Crundwell’s assets.

The city is spending the money on street construction, library repairs, savings and other efforts.

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Information from: Dixon Telegraph, https://www.saukvalley.com


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