UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. RITA A. CRUNDWELL Rita Crundwell 395 horses seized by feds


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No. 12 CR 50027

United States District Court Northern District of Illinois Western Division

I, the undersigned complainant, being duly sworn on oath, state that the following is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief: From on or about September 1, 2011 to on or about March 31, 2012, at Dixon, in the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division RITA A. CRUNDWELL defendant herein:

devised and intended to devise a scheme to defraud and to obtain money from the City of Dixon, Illinois by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, and that for the purpose of executing the aforesaid scheme to defraud and to obtain money by false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, and attempting to do so, on November 2, 2011, knowingly did cause to be transmitted by means of wire communication in interstate commerce certain signs and signals, namely, a funds transfer in the amount of $175,000 from the Federal Reserve Bank in Saint Paul, Minnesota to the Federal Reserve Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio for credit to the account ending in the numbers 7503 held in the name of the City of Dixon at Fifth Third Bank in Dixon, Illinois;

in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. I further state that I am a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that this complaint is based on the facts contained in the Affidavit which is attached hereto and incorporated herein.

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Sentenced to 19 years and 7 months in Federal Prison –


Appeal filed     Denied


Her release date is projected as October 23, 2029 




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