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Dixon fires embattled comptroller

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:59:32 CDT
By: AP

     The small northern Illinois city of Dixon has fired its chief financial officer after she was arrested last week for stealing more than $30 million from government coffers.
    Commissioners voted today to terminate longtime comptroller Rita Crundwell. Dixon city attorney Ron Coplan says Crundwell submitted a letter of resignation over the weekend because a federal court has ordered her not to hold a position of fiduciary responsibility.
     FBI agents arrested Crundwell on April 17. She is accused of using the money to fund one of the nation's leading horse breeding operations and feed a lavish lifestyle that kept her outfitted with cars and hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry.
     Dixon City Clerk Kathe Swanson has taken over the city's finances.

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