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For Immediate Release

February 20, 2013 Lynzey Donahue, U.S. Marshals Service (202) 307-9075;
Jason Rzepniewski, Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers (512) 251-2780
U.S. Marshals Selling Rita Crundwell Jewelry, Other Jewelry, Watches, Gold Bullion, Coins from Criminal Cases Nationwide

Washington – The U.S. Marshals Service is selling 351 lots of jewelry, including that of convicted former comptroller of Dixon, Ill., Rita Crundwell, and other fine jewelry, watches, gold bullion and coins via a live and Web simulcast auction Saturday at 10 a.m. CST in Fort Worth, Texas, and at

A preview will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., Room 204A, Fort Worth, TX 76102. The preview is open to the public and the media without an admission fee.

The items being sold were seized in federal court cases nationwide and have been forfeited to the government. Lots 150-298 are from the Crundwell case. The U.S. Marshals Service consolidates pieces from cases nationwide and holds a large auction several times a year. Proceeds generated from the auctions are used to compensate victims of crimes and supplement law enforcement programs.

Bracelet, Necklace, Watch

From l to r: A gold bracelet valued at $4,200, lot 295; a gold necklace and pendant valued at $1,800, lot 152; and a Rolex watch valued at $25,000, lot 148, all formerly belonging to Crundwell.


Ring, Gold Bar, SpongeBob pendant

From l to r: A platinum diamond ring valued at $980, lot 15; gold bar bullion, part of lot 132 starting at $1.436 million; and a SpongeBob pendant valued at $1,200, lot 55.

For more information on the auction, go to or call (512) 251-2780.

The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for managing and selling seized and forfeited properties acquired by federal criminals through illegal activities. Proceeds generated from asset sales are used to compensate victims, supplement funding for law enforcement initiatives and support community programs. As part of the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Program, the Marshals currently manage more than 23,000 assets with a value of $2.4 billion.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at


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