Ex-Dixon official still earns royalties on show horses

Federal officials say imprisoned former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell still earns thousands of dollars a year in breeder royalties from show horses she no longer owns.

Crundwell is serving a nearly 20-year prison sentence for embezzling almost $54 million from the northern Illinois city. U.S. Marshals have seized much of her estate to pay restitution for the city and now say they’re working on getting the $13,000 to $14,000 she’s received annually since she was imprisoned.

The Dixon Telegraph reports that the government already has frozen the money, but it still doesn’t have access to it. Federal officials plan to divert the royalties from Crundwell to the city of Dixon.

The government also is seeking leads for the public regarding other outstanding Crundwell assets.

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