- Associated Press - Friday, October 13, 2017

DIXON, Ill. (AP) - Dixon residents will get to see a documentary this month about how their former city bookkeeper embezzled nearly $54 million in public funds.

The 71-minute film, “All the Queen’s Horses,” will be shown at the Historic Dixon Theatre on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, the Dixon Telegraph reported. It features interviews with forensic accountants, equestrians, attorneys, government officials and residents of the northern Illinois community.

The documentary was created through the Diverse Voices and Docs fellowship program with Chicago-based Kartemquin Films. It first debuted at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival on Aug. 8, where it won the HBO Documentary Films Spotlight Award.

Director Kelly Richmond Pope, an accounting professor at DePaul University, said he and the others who made the film are excited to return to Dixon.

Crundwell is serving a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to stealing the money over two decades to support a lavish lifestyle and a nationally renowned horse-breeding operation. Her scheme began to unravel when she went on an extended vacation in 2011 and the person who filled in for her stumbled upon her secret account, prompting the mayor to call the FBI.

Prosecutors said Crundwell began depositing Dixon’s money in a secret bank account in January 1991. Investigators said the money deposits continued until her arrest in April 2012, months after the FBI began monitoring her transactions.

Her thievery ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state’s corruption-rich history.

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

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