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US marshals take Dixon comptroller's horses

Fri, 04 May 2012 11:44:30 CDT
By: AP

"Jewels by Tiffany," and "Have Faith in Money," are among the more than 300 horses seized from the financial officer accused of stealing millions from the city of Dixon.   A federal judge granted the government's request for forfeiture of the 311 animals, which are now in the care of US marshals. They plan to hire a contractor to manage the horses until they can be sold. Rita Crundwell is accused stealing $53 million from the Lee County city by siphoning public funds into a secret bank account opened in 1990 while she was Dixon's comptroller. Federal prosecutors contend she used the funds to sustain a lavish lifestyle and her horse breeding operation. She was regarded as one of the best horse breeders in the country.

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