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Auction Of Ex-Dixon Comptroller’s Horses Continues Monday

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Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Illinois, arrives at the federal courthouse in Rockford for her arraignment on charges she embezzled $53 million from the town since 1990. (Credit: CBS)

Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Illinois, arrives at the federal courthouse in Rockford for her arraignment on charges she embezzled $53 million from the town since 1990. (Credit: CBS)

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DIXON, Ill. (CBS) — Monday is Day 2 of an auction to sell horses that belongs to a former town official who is now in trouble with the law.

Rita Crundwell, former city comptroller in Dixon, Ill., owned nearly 400 horses.

She was arrested last April, accused of stealing more than $53 million from Dixon over a period of 22 years.

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She allegedly used some of that money to buy those horses.

More than 140 horses were auction off yesterday. The range of winning bids went from $400 to $775,000.

The government also plans to sell horse equipment, property, vehicles and boats owned by Crundwell.

Crundwell has pleaded not guilty to a wire fraud charge.

The government sought 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.

Proceeds from the sale of Crundwell’s property will go back to the town, officials say.

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