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Meet
Rita Crundwell

Rita began working for the city of Dixon as part of her high school’s work study program. Upon graduation from Dixon High School, she began working full time under the city’s first comptroller, Darlene Herzog.

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Meet Dixon, IL

  • Located: 100 miles west of Chicago, IL
  • Population: 15,733
  • Annual Budget: $8 to $9 million
  • Most notable fact: Boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan who said, “Trust but verify.”
  • National Public Corruption study ranked the Northern District of Illinois the most corrupt area in the nation.
“She looks after every tax dollar as if it were her own." - Finance Commissioner Roy Bridgeman, April 2011
Rita showed horses around the country and took tons of vacation time. All of the Queen's Horses

Iconic Horse Names:

While on vacation, Kathee Swanson, City Clerk, retrieved her mail.
Kathe discovered an unknown bank account All of the Queen's Horses
Kathe was alarmed and immediately contacted Dixon Mayor Jim Burke for further instruction.
Mayor Burke contacted the FBI and an internal investigation was launched. All of the Queen's Horses

After several months of investigation, the FBI requested a meeting with Rita.

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Rita had embezzled $53,000,000 over 20 years.
What could the town buy with that amount of money?
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A brand new Dixon High School

$20,592,200.00

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5 New Dodge Chargers for Dixon Police

$231,775

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City Improvements

$10.5 million

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Sewer Renovations

$14.8 million

This is what $57,403,975 could do for a community.

Is there a Rita in your town?
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Senior staff are more likely to commit fraud in government than in any other industry.

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