Embezzlement

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Judge Sentences Ex Burnham Village Clerk To 18 Months In Prison For Embezzlement

A judge sentenced a 70-year-old former village clerk to 18 months in prison for embezzling $650,000 from south suburban Burnham, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

09/09/2014

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Former NW Indiana School Official Admits Embezzlement

The former business manager for Lake Ridge Schools in Northwest Indiana is admitting he embezzled more than $134,000 from the school district during the same time it had to close an elementary school because of a $1.7 million budget shortfall.

04/24/2014

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CDOT Clerk Charged With Embezzling Almost $750K

Antionette Chenier’s job was to process fees for permits allowing moving vans and dumpsters to block the public way. Federal prosecutors allege, starting in 2008, she began depositing hundreds of checks into her own bank accounts.

04/10/2014

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Former Daley Aide Pleads Guilty To Embezzling From Charity

Gene Lee — a 65-year-old Chinatown community leader who for years was an aide to former Mayor Richard M. Daley — admitted in court Tuesday that he cashed more than 150 large charity checks at a Chinatown restaurant then kept part of the money for himself.

04/08/2014

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Former Daley Aide To Plead Guilty To Embezzling From Charity

Gene Lee—an aide to Daley for years and a leader of Chicago’s Chinatown community—will admit he took at least $5,000 from a charity, spent it on himself, then failed to pay taxes on it, his attorney, Anthony Masciopinto, said.

04/07/2014

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FBI Files Shed Light On Late Metra CEO’s Secret Life

Recently disclosed FBI files might answer the question of why late Metra executive Phil Pagano allegedly stole nearly a half million dollars from the commuter rail agency, before ultimately taking his own life.

04/03/2014

Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller in Dixon, Ill. (Credit: Boone County Sheriff)

Dixon OKs $40M Settlement With Auditors Who Missed Massive Embezzlement

Officials of the northern Illinois community of Dixon approved a $40 million settlement late Tuesday with auditors and a bank in the case of former Comptroller Rita Crundwell’s theft of nearly $54 million in city funds.

10/16/2013

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)

Dixon To Recoup $40 Million After Crundwell Thefts

Dixon Mayor Jim Burke said Wednesday that the city has settled a lawsuit with auditors and a bank in connection with Crundwell’s thefts.

09/25/2013

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Ex-Naperville Police Commander Gets 18 Months For Embezzlement

James S. Bedell served 23 years as a Naperville police officer, and later became chief of police in downstate Edwardsville, where he embezzled nearly $140,000 from city coffers to bankroll a gambling addiction.

09/20/2013

Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller in Dixon, Ill. (Credit: Boone County Sheriff)

Crundwell Appeals Sentence, Lawyer Claims Dixon Residents ‘Not Victims’

An attorney for the former Dixon comptroller, who was convicted of stealing nearly $54 million from the northern Illinois city, is appealing her nearly 20-year federal prison sentence.

07/11/2013

Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller in Dixon, Ill. (Credit: Boone County Sheriff)

Crundwell Moved To Chicago Jail Before Prison Assignment

A former northern Illinois comptroller sentenced this year for stealing nearly $54 million from her community has been transferred to a federal jail in downtown Chicago.

05/06/2013

Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller in Dixon, Ill. (Credit: Boone County Sheriff)

State Charges Dropped Against Ex-Dixon Comptroller, Last Home Sold

Prosecutors have dropped state charges against former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell, who has already admitted in federal court that she stole nearly $54 million in public money.

04/30/2013

A gold necklace belonging to Crundwell will be among the items auctioned off. (Credit: U.S. Marshals)

Crundwell Jewelry To Be Auctioned Off This Weekend

The U.S. Marshals Service plans to auction off another 351 items from the loot bought with the $53.7 million Rita Crundwell embezzled from the city while she was Dixon’s city comptroller.

WBBM Newsradio–02/21/2013

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)

Crundwell Gets Nearly 20 Years For Embezzling $53M From Dixon

The former comptroller in Dixon, Ill., was sentenced Thursday to 19 1/2 years in prison for embezzling $53 million from the town.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2013

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)

Nearly $8M Collected From Sale Of Ex-Comptroller’s Belongings

Nearly $8 million has been collected from auctioning property and furniture formerly belonging to Rita Crundwell, the former Dixon comptroller who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $53 million from the city.

12/10/2012

A ranch owned by former Dixon city comptroller Rita Crundwell was seized by federal authorities after she was charged with embezzling more than $53 million from the town. The ranch is now up for sale to help reimburse the city. (Credit: U.S. Marshals Service)

Three Of Ex-Dixon Comptroller’s Properties Go Up For Sale

Three pieces of property owned by former Dixon city comptroller Rita Crundwell have gone up for sale, as federal authorities continue auctioning off her possessions to pay back some of the $53 million she embezzled from the town.

CBS Chicago–11/27/2012

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

Crundwell Admits Embezzling $53M From Dixon Since 1990

Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $53 million from the city since 1990, and using the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, including a world champion horse breeding business.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2012

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)

Crundwell To Plead Guilty To Federal Charge In $53 Million Embezzlement

Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell will plead guilty on Wednesday to a federal charge tied to allegations she embezzled $53 million from the city over the last 22 years.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2012

Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell's multi-million dollar home, where she lived while she was allegedly embezzling $53 million from the small town over a 20-year period. (Credit: CBS)

An Exclusive Look At Dixon Comptroller’s Multi-Million Dollar Home

Former Dixon city comptroller Rita Crundwell pleaded not guilty in Lee County Court to 60 counts of theft on Wednesday.

CBS 2–10/31/2012

Horses from former Dixon city comptroller Rita Crundwell's ranch have been sold at auction after they were seized by the federal government to help repay the city part of the $53 million Crundwell allegedly stole over 22 years. (Credit: CBS)

Auction Of Indicted Comptroller’s Horses, Equipment Yields $6.5M

Federal marshals have started running numbers to tally totals from a weekend auction of property owned by former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell, who is accused of embezzling $53 million over the last 22 years.

CBS 2–09/26/2012

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