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In this Oct. 22, 2012 file photo, former Dixon, Ill., comptroller Rita Crundwell leaves a courtroom in Dixon with her attorney Paul Gaziano, left, after making her first appearance in the northern Illinois city to face charges she siphoned millions of dollars in public funds into a secret bank account. The town of Dixon is suing its longtime accounting firm to try to recover the almost $53 million embezzled by Crundwell, claiming it failed to detect the fraud when auditing the city's books. Crundwell pleaded guilty in November 2012 and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 14, 2013. AP Photo

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