At least half a dozen public officials are expected to make victim statements at this week's sentencing of a small-town Illinois bookkeeper who stole $53 million in public funds. A government filing says Dixon Mayor James Burke is among those who will describe how Rita Crundwell's crimes devastated his northern Illinois community. As the city's longtime Comptroller, Crundwell used the stolen money to fund her nationally renowned horse-breeding operation and luxurious tastes. She's scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Rockford. The most the 60-year-old could face is 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in November to a felony count of wire fraud. A state case against her is still pending. Prosecutors contend her case is one of the most egregious abuses of public trust ever in Illinois.
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