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Former Dixon City Comptroller Rita Crundwell has made her first Lee County court appearance.
The state has filed 60 counts of theft against her. Crundwill appeared with her federal public defender Paul Gaziano who explained to the judge that Crundwell’s assets had all been seized and disposed of in the federal case against her. When asked by Judge Ron Jacobson if she needed a public defender, Crundwell reported that she did.
Lee County Public Defender Bob Thompson was assigned to the case. It was Thompson’s first appearance with Crundwell. He requested more time for an arraignment and Judge Jacobson scheduled it for Oct. 31st.
The Indictment of Crundwell on 60 counts of theft was secured by Lee County State’s Attorney Henry Dixon in September. Crundwell also faces one federal charge for wire fraud. She is accused of stealing $53 million from the city of Dixon over more than two decades.
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