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Homes of ex-Ill. official who stole $53M on show

Friday - 12/7/2012, 1:00pm  ET

TAMMY WEBBER
Associated Press

DIXON, Ill. (AP) -- The U.S. Marshals are offering what could be the last public glimpse inside the homes of a disgraced former comptroller who stole $53 million from a northern Illinois city.

The authorities are auctioning off property that belongs to Rita Crundwell, who admitted stealing from Dixon to fund a lavish lifestyle. The auction runs through Saturday.

The marshals are providing guided tours of the three homes that Crundwell owns in Dixon. They include a large house in Western decor, a ranch house and a rental property. The contents of the houses also are up for auction online, including furnishings, artwork, appliances and electronics.

So far, the government has raised about $7.4 million from the sale of Crundwell's horses, luxury motor home, vehicles and other equipment.

Crundwell will be sentenced in February.


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