DIXON - A grand jury indicts former Dixon
comptroller Rita Crundwell on 60 new charges all based on theft, money she is
accused of stealing during a two and half year period.
"She's a sick person, she has some problems,"
resident Maureen Callas.
The scars in Dixon
run deep for residents who thought they knew long time city comptroller Rita
Crundwell. "The town suffered and I
was really heart broken, along with everybody else in this town," said
After her arrest earlier this spring, people and city
workers there now want restitution.
"The money has been taken from the people and it
needs to be returned to them," said Dixon street commissioner Jeff Kuhn.
Kuhn says the more than 50 million dollars former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell
is accused of stealing would have helped out a struggling city.
"We have very old equipment, we have streets
that need to be repaired, which could not be done because there was no money to
do it," said Kuhn.
Under the guidance of the US Attorney's office, a recent
investigation by Lee
County officials led to a
grand jury indictment of 60 different theft charges against Crundwell. Totaling more than 11 million dollars stolen between
January 2010 and April 17th 2012, the day she was arrested.
"There were 60 transfers from the city of Dixon Capital Development Account to Rita Crundwell's own
account," said Lee
Attorney Henry Dixon.
It was an investigation Dixon mayor Jim Burke said he felt compelled
to pursue. Worried Crundwell's federal
wire fraud charge might not carry enough punishment if she's convicted, he
wanted to ensure Crundwell is held accountable for funding her lavish life
style on the public's dime.
"If there was a slap on the writs, there would
be more from it, from this angle," said Burke.
The new charges against Rita Crundwell have brought
some relief to people who live and work in the city of Dixon
"Something will become of this," said Callas. "That she'll have to pay in some way or get
help in some way."
"Every time I see
something be sold, taken care of, it does make me feel a little bit better,"
The city of Dixon
can't pursue charges for every year Crundwell is accused of stealing because
information obtained by the US Attorney's office can't be used by the Lee County
State's Attorneys office.
The agreement between both
jurisdictions allows Lee
County to pursue charges
for the last couple years using information gathered by its own state's