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Former Comptroller Rita Crundwell is set to be sentenced Thursday for embezzling 53 million dollars from the city. And there will be a lot to see and hear in court. City leaders will get their chance to talk about what Crundwell did and how it affected the city.

And we now know she may have done more than first thought. A court filing shows an FBI Special Agent will testify that Rita Crundwell not only embezzled 53 million dollars in public money, but also stole at least 25 thousand dollars from a charitable fund.

The "Sister City" program is designed to promote cultural and economic partnerships between Dixon and four international cities. It's a non-profit, and exists only because of donations. Agents will testify Crundwell deposited checks payable to the city into the "Sister City" account, then wrote checks from that account to pay for personal expenses.

And half a dozen public officials are also expected to testify. They will make victim statements about how Crundwell devastated the community. One of them is Mayor Jim Burke, who calls Crundwell "just an absolute total thief without conscience." He says, "While she was taking all this money, she had a ringside seat to the consequences to the city of her actions, and it didn't make any difference to her, She kept right on stealing money."

He tells us he is going the judge to give Crundwell the maximum sentence. She pleaded guilty in November to a felony count of wire fraud. That means the 60-year old could face 20 years in prison. A state case is still pending.