Federal officials: Allowing Dixon's ex-comptroller to keep trophies equals benefit from fraud

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DIXON, Illinois — Federal authorities say allowing imprisoned former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell to keep trophies won during horse competitions allow her to benefit from theft.

Crundwell is serving 20 years in federal prison for stealing nearly $54 million from the northern Illinois city over two decades. She was ordered to pay it back in restitution. Last month, her attorney filed documents arguing that about 700 trophies and other smaller items shouldn't be included in the restitution because they lack value and wouldn't benefit the city.

The (Dixon) Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/1ArYY4Q ) the U.S. government filed its response Friday evening.

Federal officials say the awards represent the primary motivation of her "massive fraud" and that until she's satisfied the court's forfeiture, all assets can be forfeited.

Crundwell was arrested 2012 and later pleaded guilty.

Information from: Dixon Telegraph, http://www.saukvalley.com

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