Mt. Vernon Register-News

February 13, 2013

Ex-bookkeeper took from charitable fund


Associated Press

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ROCKFORD (AP) — A court filing shows that a small-town Illinois bookkeeper who embezzled $53 million in public money also stole from a charitable fund the city set up for its sister city program.

The Telegraph in Dixon reports (http://bit.ly/12uyiKd) that prosecutors said in a Tuesday filing that Rita Crundwell took at least $25,000 from the account. Prosecutors say an FBI agent will testify about the account thefts at Crundwell's sentencing on Thursday in Rockford.

At least half a dozen public officials are expected to make victim statements at the former Dixon comptroller's sentencing, including Mayor James Burke.

They are expected to describe how Crundwell's crimes devastated the northern Illinois community.

Crundwell pleaded guilty in November. Prosecutors contend her case is one of the most egregious abuses of public trust ever in Illinois.