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Draining Dixon is the true-life account, as recorded through the award-winning employees of the Chicago Tribune, of the Dixon, Illinois, comptroller who embezzled over $50 million from municipal coffers in the course of a twenty-year profession in neighborhood executive.

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When she was formally indicted in May, authorities alleged the thefts went back nearly 22 years and totaled in excess of $53 million. A. ” The alleged fraud was discovered last fall by the city clerk while filling in for Crundwell during her vacation. The clerk noticed the account with Crundwell’s name and brought it to the attention of Mayor James Burke, who has said he did not know it existed. Crundwell used the stolen tens of millions of dollars to finance a championship horse breeding operation and lavish lifestyle, prosecutors charged.

1 million motor home. Now the plush motor home is for sale to the highest bidder as Crundwell faces federal charges that she stole more than $53 million from the city of Dixon over 22 years while serving as comptroller. Spanning 45 feet from front to back with two slide-outs, the 2009 Liberty Coach motor home sports a “2 Thms Up” Wisconsin license plate. S. Marshals Service who works with seized inventory. Federal prosecutors allege that Crundwell funneled money from Dixon’s coffers into an account bearing her name, then used it to fund her champion horse breeding business and lavish lifestyle.

She was barred from selling or transferring any real estate or horses under her control, told to surrender two guns and restricted from traveling outside northern Illinois and western Wisconsin. S. , Crundwell, 59, had shed the orange jail jumpsuit for a beige trench coat and black pants. She is charged with one count of wire fraud. In February, David Blackburn, a Dixon City Council member who acts as finance commissioner, talked about the city’s money problems, and its reliance on Crundwell, during a presentation to graduate students in the government affairs program at Northern Illinois University, professor Kim Nelson recalled Wednesday.

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