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U.S. Marshals To Sell Off Indicted Dixon Comptroller’s Horses

Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller for the western Illinois town of Dixon, is accused of embezzling $53 million from the town. (Credit: CBS)

Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller for the western Illinois town of Dixon, is accused of embezzling $53 million from the town. (Credit: CBS)

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DIXON, Ill. (CBS) — Federal marshals are now caring for more than 300 champion horses owned by the indicted former longtime comptroller and treasurer for the town of Dixon, Ill.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, the U.S. Marshals are overseeing the feeding and care for the horses. They will also inventory the animals, assess their value, and submit a request to sell them, the Chicago Tribune reported.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports

It will be a chance for horse for horse enthusiasts to buy high-quality animals in Dixon to recoup some of the $53 million that former comptroller Rita Crundwell is alleged to have pilfered over the past 22 years, the Tribune reports.

Earlier this week, a federal grand jury indicted Crundwell on one count of wire fraud, alleging that her misdeeds go back to 1990.

Crundwell, 59, of Dixon, had served as the town’s comptroller since 1983 and the indictment charges she used millions to support her RC Quarter Horse company.

The government seeks forfeiture of $53 million as well as 311 quarter horses, three houses, a horse farm in Dixon, a dozen trucks, a 67 Chevy Corvette and about $224,000 in cash.

The horses have been in the care of Crundwell’s employees since she was arrested on April 17, the Tribune reported. Most of the horses are on Crundwell’s Dixon properties, but some are scattered throughout the country, the Tribune reported.