Ex-Dixon comptroller Crundwell sentenced to 19 years, 7 months
ROCKFORD – Saying she is "truly sorry," a tearful Rita Crundwell was sentenced this morning to 19 years, 7 months in federal prison for pulling off what may be the biggest municipal theft in U.S. history.
The sentence is just 5 months shy of the maximum 20 years allowed. She will be on supervised release for 3 years after her sentence is served.
The disgraced former comptroller also must repay the city the nearly $54 million she stole to pay for, among other things, her nationally renowned prize herd of 400 quarter horses, her ranch in Dixon, her vacation home in Florida, luxury cars and motor home, furs, jewelry and all the trappings of a wealthy lifestyle – an unlikely feat, since the sale of most of her assets so far has brought only about $11 million.
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