Dixon receives $9.2M restitution in Crundwell case

DIXON — Officials in a northern Illinois community have received a $9.2 million restitution check in the case of a thieving former bookkeeper who stole almost $54 million from Dixon.

The (Dixon) Telegraph reports the check from the U.S. Treasury arrived in the mail Monday.

The money comes from the sale of Rita Crundwell's belongings, including properties, a luxury motorhome, more than 400 horses and her jewelry.

Crundwell's thievery ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state's corruption-rich history. She pleaded guilty to federal charges and is serving a nearly 20-year sentence in a Minnesota federal prison. She used the money on a lavish lifestyle and horse breeding operation.

Dixon also is recouping about $40 million from a legal settlement with a bank and auditor.