U.S. Marshals Service Chooses Auctioneer for Crundwell Horses

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We now have a better idea of when Rita Crundwell’s hundreds of horses will be up for sale. The U.S. Marshals Service has awarded a contract to an auctioneer.

This is the release from the U.S. Department of Justice:

The U.S. Marshals Service has awarded a contract to Professional Auction Services 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 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.


From WIFR.com

Horses owned by Dixon’s former comptroller will go up for sale

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WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

The 400 horses that belong to former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell will be put up for sale. During a civil hearing Monday the judge set the sale of the animals to happen between August 1st and Sept. 30. The U.S. Marshall Services will decide the exact date.

The Marshalls are already selling Crudwell’s luxury motor home. It is for sale via sealed bids. The 2009 Liberty Coach Motor Home has a minimum bid of $1 million. Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. on August 1.

Crundwell, 59, has been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $53 million from the City of Dixon since 1990 and using the proceeds to finance her horse breeding business and lavish lifestyle.