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Prosecutor says Dixon theft case should be example

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 04:29:15 CST

Acting U-S Attorney Gary Shapiro says the Rita Crundwell case may be the biggest theft of public funds in Illinois history. Shapiro says his office's involvement in the Rita Crundwell case essentially ended yesterday with the former Dixon comptroller's guilty plea. The plea agreement laid out examples of how Crundwell moved city money into her own secret bank account. Shapiro says he hopes there is something to be learned from the failure of city officials to catch such massive fraud for two decades:

"Crime that should enver been allowed to occur. Not to lessen her culpability and incredible avarice. But serve as warning to public officials."
The plea agreement doesnít mean the end of Crundwell's court appearances. She still faces 60 state charges of theft in Lee County court.

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