A woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that allege she stole more than $53 million from the Illinois community whose finances she oversaw for decades. Former Dixon financial officer Rita Crundwell has pleaded not guilty to wire fraud. She will be represented by public defenders. Prosecutors contend Crundwell had been transferring Dixon's money to a secret account since at least 1990 and using the money to create one of the nation's leading horse-breeding operations and buy luxury homes, cars and jewelry. Crundwell and attorney, Paul Gaziano, refused to comment on the case.
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