For Immediate Release
|November 26, 2012||Lynzey Donahue (202) 307-9075|
|U.S. Marshals to Sell Rita Crundwell’s Furnishings, Personal Belongings via Online Auction|
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marshals Service will sell the furnishings and other personal property from Rita Crundwell’s residences in Dixon, Ill., and Englewood, Fla., via online auction Dec. 6-8 at www.professionalauction.com.
“After researching the options, we determined that an online auction is the best method to keep our selling costs low and maximize proceeds to the victims in this case. We are working with Dixon Public Schools to arrange for a computer lab to accommodate those within the local community who may have some anxiety with online auctions,” said U.S. Marshal Daryl McPherson of the Northern District of Illinois.
Some of the furnishings and personal belongings
from Rita Crundwell’s residences in Illinois and Florida.
Crundwell, 59, was one of the leading breeders
of quarter horses in the U.S. Formerly the comptroller of Dixon, Crundwell
pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge in U.S. District Court in Northern
Illinois Nov. 14. Crundwell agreed that she owes restitution to the city of
Dixon totaling $53,740,394. Since she was arrested on April 17, Crundwell
has agreed to the liquidation of assets that she had acquired with proceeds
from her decades-long fraud scheme. To date, the U.S. Marshals Service has
recovered approximately $7.4 million from the online and live auctions of
approximately 400 quarter horses, vehicles, trailers, tack and a luxury
motor home, with additional auctions of jewelry and real property in
Illinois and Florida still pending. The net proceeds from the forfeited
property will be held in escrow pending further proceedings on restitution
to the victim of the offense.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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