UPDATED: 2/14/2013 1:15 p.m.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (CBS) — The former comptroller in Dixon, Ill., was sentenced Thursday to 19 1/2 years in prison for embezzling $53 million from the town.
After the sentencing, Rita Crundwell’s bond was revoked and she was taken into immediate custody.
“This has been a massive stealing of public money – monies entrusted to you as a public guardian of Dixon, Ill.,” Judge Reinhard said in imposing sentence.
Crundwell, who had pleaded guilty to the theft of city funds, said she was sorry for her actions.
“I am truly sorry to the city of Dixon and to my family and friends,” she said through sobs.