Crundwell back in court

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It’s back to court Wednesday for Rita Crundwell. Crundwell will be in Federal Court for a status hearing.

The former Dixon comptroller is accused of embezzling more than $53 million from the city of Dixon.

This kind of hearing is an informal discussion where the defendant, prosecution and judge discuss the case and the defendant has an opportunity to change their plea if necessary. Crundwell faces one federal count of wire fraud.

Almost three weeks ago, federal marshals auctioned off Crundwell’s collection of more than 300 horses for nearly $5 million.

The status hearing is set for 11 a.m.

Crundwell also faces 60 counts of state charges for felony theft.

By Clay LePard

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