Former Dixon Comptroller Sentenced To 19 Years, 7 Months - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Former Dixon Comptroller Sentenced To 19 Years, 7 Months

Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man Falls From Eagle Point Park Cliff

    Man Falls From Eagle Point Park Cliff

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:58 GMT
     Medforce landed in Eagle Point Park in Clinton, IA. this evening after a man fell from a cliff there.More >>
     Medforce landed in Eagle Point Park in Clinton, IA. this evening after a man fell from a cliff there.More >>
  • Man Found Shot In Rural Scott County-UPDATED

    Man Found Shot In Rural Scott County-UPDATED

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:56:57 GMT
    UPDATE: Officials are asking for help locating a van they say is involved in a shooting that happened early Monday morning. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office received the call around...More >>
    UPDATE: Officials are asking for help locating a van they say is involved in a shooting that happened early Monday morning. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office received the call around...
    More >>
  • Two Boats Collide Near Clinton

    Two Boats Collide Near Clinton

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:03:52 GMT
    One person was taken to the hospital after two boats collided in the Mississippi River near Clinton, Iowa over the weekend.The crash happened...More >>
    One person was taken to the hospital after two boats collided in the Mississippi River near Clinton, Iowa over the weekend.The crash happened...More >>

Former Comptroller Rita Crundwell has received just short of the maximum sentence for stealing $53 million from the City of Dixon, Illinois. On Thursday morning, a federal judge in Rockford sentenced her to spend 19 years and 7 months in prison.

Residents from the City of Dixon filled the courtroom to hear the judge hand down Crundwell's sentence.

"It's finalization that she's going to be sent away for the rest of her life," said Rich Lawton, Dixon resident.

"I didn't think she'd get what she got," said Josie Whaley, Dixon resident.

"I am glad the sentence was what it was," said Mary Hahn, who grew up in Dixon. "I think it's appropriate for the crimes she has committed for such a long period of time."

Many hoped that 60-year-old Crundwell would have something to say for herself, and she did. Through her tears, she told the residents of Dixon she was sorry.

"She did apologize, said Hahn. "I don't think it was enough."

"She could have said a few more things," Whaley said.

For decades, Crundwell lead a lavish lifestyles on the taxpayers' dime. The City of Dixon skimped by with no extra money for equipment upgrades or street repairs.

"I don't know how she was able to sleep all those years," Hahn said.

Now that Crundwell is headed to prison, some Dixon residents say they'll be able to sleep better. But it's going to take time.

"The embarrassment that the public sees in Dixon now, the community has shouldered that," Lawton said.

"We had the honor of one of the U.S. presidents from Dixon.Now, we have one of the greatest crooks in U.S. history."

Crundwell pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in the federal case against her. She admitted to taking millions over a period of years and spending the money on homes, jewelry and champion show horses.

She faced a maximum of 20 years on the charge. She still faces embezzlement charges filed by state prosecutors.

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.