Indicted ex-Dixon comptroller’s luxury motor home to be auctioned by feds
BY MICHAEL LANSU Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org September 4, 2012 7:42PM
Photo from U.S. Marshals office
Updated: September 6, 2012 6:28PM
The U.S. Marshals Service will auction a luxury motor home that once belonged to the city comptroller accused of stealing more than $53 million from a western Illinois city.
The government is selling Rita Crundwell’s 2008 Liberty Coach Motor Home in an online auction that started Tuesday, according to the U.S. Marshals office. The auction will close at noon on Sept. 25. The coach has 42,106 miles.
Crundwell, 58, was arrested in April and accused of stealing from the city of Dixon to fund her horse breeding business and lavish lifestyle.
The federal government also filed a civil lawsuit for civil forfeiture against Crundwell on Tuesday seeking 311 quarter horses she owned, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. The government also seeks dozens of foals expected to be born this spring.
Net proceeds from the sale of Crundwell’s assets will be applied toward restitution to Dixon should the government win its civil and criminal actions, the U.S. Marshals office said.
Bidding in an earlier auction for the motor home did not reach the $1 million minimum federal officials hoped to earn.
Go to suntimes.com for a link to the online auction.