CHICAGO (CBS) — Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell wants a public defender to represent her on charges she embezzled millions in public funds.
Crundwell made the request during her first court appearance for the 60-count theft case in Dixon.READ MORE: Northwestern University Bans All Social Activities At Campus Fraternities Until At Least Mid-October After Reports Of Drugging
It’s separate from the federal case – where she already entered a not guilty plea.READ MORE: Evanston Police Called To A Stabbing, Fatal Shooting Incident
Federal agents seized all of her assets.MORE NEWS: Family Remembers Azul De La Garza, Young Woman Shot And Killed In West Elsdon, As 'Beautiful Soul' With A Future In Art
Crundwell is accused of stealing more than $53 million over two decades from the town to maintain a lavish lifestyle – including a luxury RV, fancy furniture and hundreds of horses.