published August 8, 2017
All the Queen’s Horses
A true crime documentary about the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history is now on Netflix. The film All The Queen’s Horses looks at how Rita Crundwell stole $53 million from a midwestern town without anyone noticing.
The former American Quarter Horse breeder siphoned millions from the small town of Dixon, IL. It happened during Crundwell’s more than 20-year career as the town’s comptroller. The stolen funds financed Crundwell’s extravagant horse show lifestyle while leaving the town in financial straits.
Crundwell is serving an almost 20-year federal prison sentence. She still owes Dixon $43 million even after the Feds sold her horses, properties, and everything she owned, including her AQHA trophies, according to one estimate.
Crundwell pays restitution monthly from the money she is paid for working in prison. It adds up to less than $70 monthly.
Pope says Crundwell receives no funds from the project.
The documentary premiered last August.