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Dixon To Recoup $40 Million After Crundwell Thefts

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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. (AP) – The city of Dixon will recoup about $40 million of the $53 million in public money stolen by former comptroller Rita Crundwell.

Dixon Mayor Jim Burke said Wednesday that the city has settled a lawsuit with auditors and a bank in connection with Crundwell’s thefts. Crundwell is serving nearly 20 years in federal prison. Authorities say she stole the money over more than 20 years, spending it on a lavish lifestyle and horse-breeding operation.

Burke says the settlement is for $40 million. Federal officials have raised about $10 million so far selling Crundwell’s belongings. That means $50 million for the city, minus $10 million in expenses, or about $40 million in restitution.

The city’s attorneys say both sides have agreed to the settlement, which is pending approval by a judge.

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