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.READ MORE: Police Officer Responding To Shooting, Struck By Bullet Fired By 15-Year-Old Gunshot Victim
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.READ MORE: World's Smallest Flying Structure Developed By Northwestern Engineers
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.MORE NEWS: Ed's Driveway: Volkswagen ID.4
Proceeds from the sale of Crundwell’s property will go back to the town, officials say.