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U.S. Marshals are preparing to sell items from former quarter horse breeder Rita Crundwell’s houses.
Furnishings and personal property will be sold from her Illinois and Florida homes via an online auction early next month. Marshals are selling everything, including Crundwell’s cowhide embellished bedroom suite with steer head. Also included is a baby grand piano, appliances, and other items. The bidding starts December 6 and runs through the 8th.
“After researching the options, we determined that an online auction is the best method to keep our selling costs low and maximize proceeds to the victims in this case. We are working with Dixon Public Schools to arrange for a computer lab to accommodate those within the local community who may have some anxiety with online auctions,” said U.S. Marshal Daryl McPherson of the Northern District of Illinois.
Currently being auctioned are vehicles, a John Deere mower, cargo trailer, and a boat. You have until December 6 to get your bid in for a chance to win.
Crundwell was a leading breeder of quarter horses in the United States and the former comptroller for the city of Dixon, Illinois. She pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge earlier this month. Crundwell is also charged with 60 counts of theft in Lee County.
She owes more than $53 million in restitution to the city. To date, U.S. Marshals have recovered about $7.4 million from the online and live auctions of approximately 400 quarter horses, vehicles, trailers, tack and a luxury motor home. Auctions of jewelry and real estate in Illinois and Florida are still pending.
The net proceeds from the forfeited property will be held in escrow pending further proceedings regarding restitution.
Crundwell remains free on bond until her federal sentencing, which is scheduled for February 14, 2013.