Newly released court documents shed a hint of light on the former city comptroller who stunned the nation after she was accused of stealing more than $30 million dollars in city funds. Rita Crundwell, who is known in the quarter horse world for having top show horses, was arrested by FBI agents April 17 as search and seizure warrants were executed.
Items seized from her City Hall office included a Fifth Third Bank deposit receipt for $125,000 dated the day before Crundwell’s arrest. Documents show agents also found paperwork stating Crundwell made loans to three city employees and two of their wives. Those named included the Dixon Fire Chief, the Public Works Director, and the City Engineer according to the local press. There was also loan documentation collected for a $2,000 loan between Crundwell and Donald Wolber.
Warrants were also executed at Crundwell’s Illinois and Wisconsin properties RC Quarter Horses and Meri-J Ranch. Some of the items seized, but not previously mentioned, included a 2009 Freightliner Truck, a 2007 Hummer H2, a 2009 Heartland Cyclone RV, a 2012 Chevy Silverado, and several late 2000 model Chevy trucks.
Two accounts totaling more than $220,000 were also frozen according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Pedersen the day of Crundwell’s arrest. She is charged with one count of wire fraud and is scheduled to be back in court on May 7.
The day after her arrest she was released on a $4500 recognizance bond. She is prohibited from selling her horses or property and must stay in northern Illinois and western Wisconsin. Rate My Horse PRO contacted Crundwell’s partner and farm manager Jim McKillips although our call has not been returned.
Crundwell was fired from her job Monday. Commissioners voted to terminate Crundwell for falsifying city records, misconduct, criminal conduct, and misappropriation of city funds.