DIXON – The top financial officer for the city of Dixon defrauded the
city out of $53 million, a grand jury indictment released this
Rita A. Crundwell, 58, of Dixon, was arrested April 17 at Dixon City
Hall on a single charge of federal wire fraud. She has since been
released, but today prosecutors filed a grand jury indictment, making
more details public for the first time.
Also today, the U.S. District Court released the federal government's application for a post-indictment restraining order on Crundwell's rural Dixon properties.
According to the application, Crundwell owns 311 horses – approximately 204 are located at the two Dixon, IL properties, 47 located in Beloit, WI and the remaining 60 spread around the country at various breeders and trainers.
Click here to see complete list of horses and locations
Long time city worker in a small town, Age 58, Mayor new her when she was a teenager and smart. Widely known and awarded in horse circles,AND NO INFO ABOUT FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, HISTORY, ETC. Normally, a story this big, reporters would be busting doors to get info--ever convicted of a crime? Abused as a child? Struggling or priviledged family? My waitress in Dixon told a customer: she gave a friend of mine a $100 tip. Customer reply: More going on here than we're being told?
Rita is not the only one in the horse show world who is/was embezzling. If you can't afford to show horses without stealing money then quit showing!! Some people need that ego fix. I sum it up to a low self esteem!! Remember the wheel makes a full turn.
WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE LET THE FEDS KNOW THAT ALL OF HER HORSES ARE NOT GREAT. I'M SURE SHE HAS A LOT THAT
AREN'T GOOD ENOUGH TO SHOW. THEY NEED TO STOP USING MORE TAXPAYERS DOLLARS TO KEEP THEM IN PEAK CONDITION. THEY WILL NEVER RECOUP THE MONEY THAT THEY ARE SPENDING. AND RITA, SHE'S JUST SITTING BACK SMILING, THINKING: "I'M STILL OUTSMARTING THE TAXPAPERS". I'M NOT SAYING, DON'T CARE FOR THE HORSES, AFTER ALL, THEY ARE INNOCENT, BUT KEEP THE EXPENSE TO A MIN. AND UNLOAD ASAP.
Absolutely STUPID when it comes right down to it. A person's thought process has to be VERY convoluted to think that doing something like this was in anyway okay and or justifiable to continue doing. And for what at the end of the day? It's not like she was giving all away to a charity. She fed her ego and her lifestyle with the ill begotten funds. It's sickening. I swear if I were one of the people she bamboozled into 'friendship' and I was standing in one of her win photos (or vice versa), I'd burn that picture or have it photoshopped immediately.
I knew of a woman that stole 2500 from her boss and her bond was 5,000. What's up with that? Stripping her horses of their titles will not solve anything. I do feel she should be stripped of her awards for top showman and top breeder though.
I wonder if the government will understand the need for horse slaughter to improve conditions and prices for horses after they turn in their final bills on caring for this many...NOT that any of these horses should go to slaughter, but it will be an eye opening experience for a lot of government officials at the true cost of caring for horses and the devalued price of an average to good horse because of so many poor horses not being hauled off.