UPDATE--July 24, 2012--WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marshals Service has awarded a contract to Professional Auction Services, Inc. (www.professionalauction.com), of Round Hill, Virginia for the U.S. District Court-ordered dispersal of horses and related equipment belonging to former city of Dixon, Illinois Comptroller Rita A. Crundwell. The contract will run from August 1 to September 30, 2012. The agreement will offer buyers the opportunity to bid at a live auction at the Crundwell Red Brick Road farm, along with the opportunity to place bids on the contractor’s website. The auction dates are anticipated for mid-September and will be released by the contractor on or before August 1.
The U.S. Marshals Service received five proposals following a June 20 notice of the federal business opportunity. Receipt of bids closed on July 5. Proposals were evaluated on technical approach (i.e., the capability to meet the requirements outlined within the Statement of Work), past performance conducting similar requirements, and price. The federal procurement process does not permit the release of information about the other companies considered for this contract.
Contractor performance will be closely monitored by the U.S. Marshals Service to ensure the highest level of integrity. A buyer’s premium is the only authorized fee charged to a buyer. All preview/inspection periods and auctions will be open to the public without charge of an admission fee. Private sales will not be allowed.
The U.S. Marshals Service will introduce representatives from Professional Auction Services, Inc. in Dixon, Illinois on August 2 where the company will provide a statement. More information on the time and location will be released under a separate media advisory.
Update July 13, 2012--WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marshals Service is selling the first of Rita Crundwell’s assets, a luxury motor home, via a sealed bid sale. Crundwell, 59, has been federally charged with wire fraud in U.S. District Court in Northern Illinois.
The 2009 Liberty Coach Motor Home has a minimum bid of $1 million. Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. CDT August 1. Public viewings will be available by appointment only on July 23 and July 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. CDT.
Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Ill., has been indicted for allegedly fraudulently obtaining more than $53 million from the city since 1990 and using the proceeds to finance her horse breeding business and lavish lifestyle.
Should the government prevail in its civil and criminal actions against Crundwell, net proceeds from the sale of the defendant’s forfeited assets will be applied toward restitution to the city of Dixon.
Note to media: Media access will be granted by appointment only during the public viewing dates and times: July 23 and July 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. CDT. Call 414-297-1144/4486 to schedule an appointment.
The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for managing and selling seized and forfeited properties acquired by federal criminals through illegal activities. Proceeds generated from asset sales are used to compensate victims, supplement funding for law enforcement initiatives and support community programs. As part of the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Program, the Marshals currently manage more than 19,000 assets with a value of $4.4 billion. www.usmarshals.gov
DIXON – The U.S. Marshals Service hopes to solicit bids from
professionals who will handle the sale of more than 400 quarter horses
belonging to former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell.
It hopes to
have a public sale by summer’s end, spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue said
Tuesday. Marshals have been caring for her horses, other assets and
properties since her arrest April 17.
Now that the horse sale has been approved, marshals must post a solicitation on www.fedbizopps.gov inviting industry professionals to submit proposals. They hope to do so next week, Donahue said.
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Update: June 15, 2012
ROCKFORD – The U.S. Marshals Service will be allowed to sell more
than 400 horses and other items belonging to former Dixon Comptroller
Rita A. Crundwell before her case is resolved, a judge ruled Friday
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Pedersen told Federal
Magistrate Judge P. Michael Mahoney during a 30-minute hearing that
selling the horses now will "be in the best interest of all parties
In his motion to sell the horses, Pedersen wrote that maintenance
costs are “burdensome,” especially because some of the mares are
pregnant or recently gave birth.
During this morning's hearing, Pedersen said that it will take 60 to 90 days to go out for bids and set up the sale.
The marshals service also will bid out contracts to people to run the sale, Pedersen said.
All proceeds from the sale will be held in an escrow account managed by marshals until the case is resolved.
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Update June 14, 2012
DIXON – Federal prosecutors filed a motion Thursday seeking to sell more than 400
horses and other related items belonging to former Dixon Comptroller Rita A.
In an amended complaint filed Thursday, prosecutors say they now have identified 401 horses, 21
embryos, 13 saddles, and frozen stallion semen from eight horses that
they believe were purchased by Crundwell with illegal funds.
for the horses and other vehicles and properties seized from Crundwell
are being handled by the U.S. Marshals Service. Costs associated with
that care are "burdensome," Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Pedersen wrote
in the motion filed this morning, especially because some of the mares
are pregnant or recently gave birth.
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I don't know if she is guilty or not. (Probably is) I agree with dochopi. What if anyone of you were CHARGED with something and before you went to court they came and seized your belongings and then sold them! Let the courts decide if she is guilty and then sell the assets.
Government is over reaching their boundries.
What does the sudden influx of 400 horses into the industry do to other breeders/trainers? It's a very tough market and there are few buyers with the income required to keep these horses kept in the "lifestyle that they have become accustomed to".
Guilty or not, this is a LOT of horses for even Donald Trump to own...
The more I think about this the crazier and insane it is. Really? For trophies and accolades? Wow, the lengths some people will go for adoration. It's a train wreck of reality tv proportions. You can't write stuff like this. Truth truly is stranger than fiction. Complete lunacy from start to finish.
These are world champion quality horses that need very extensive upkeep, training, grooming, and feeding. This will not be a 'backyard' sale by any means. Most of these horses will likely end up in similar show homes and training barns. This is in the best interest of the horses, so that they may recieve the care and training that they are used to. I think that this is a favorable ruling, as the cost of maintaining and running the crundwell ranches will quickly depleat the funds that should be rightfully returned to Dixon.
These animals deserve to be treated with respect and love. What has happened is not their fault! Let the legal system decide guilt or innocense but the horses should have a safe and secure home....regardless! How is the legal system going to insure that these innocent, beautiful animals are going somewhere that is safe and loving? Some people would attempt to buy one of these horses at a sale just to boast that they were able to! There should be certain requirements for ownership of these poor creatures. Rescued dogs have adoption requirements and monitoring and I think the same should be true for the horses that are being sold!
This gal was not in it for the love of the breed. She was in it for the love of the greed. The horses need to go to a better home, where they are safe. The were not safe with her in so many ways. Innocent until proven guilty - fine. Save the horses first as she put them in harms way.
This I feel is wrong because they have not proved she is guilty yet. ANd the should bare the cost in a case like this till the court case is over with, for the dont know what funds was used for what yet, To me this is an over reach by the judge and everybody involved. She has not been found quilty yet so this is not peoper or right on the laws