DIXON (WIFR) -- The criminal case against Rita Crundwell is moving forward. The former Dixon comptroller is accused of stealing more than $50 million from the city. This morning during a criminal and civil hearing, Crundwell appeared with her attorneys in front of Judge Mahoney, where he asked for an update on the sale of Crundwell's property.
The U.S. Department of Justice has sold all but one of Crundwell's more than 400 horses. The bidder who bought that horse during an online auction last month, didn't pay up. Now, the horse is up for sale online through tomorrow night. You can bid on the horse at www.professionalauction.com
U.S. Marshals say they still need to sell several things, including nearly a dozen vehicles, which will be sold at an auction in Chicago on October 20th. For more information on that auction visit www.mensikautoauctions.com.
Some boats and custom-made furniture also need to be sold, as well as five pieces of land; Crundwell's ranch and home in Dixon, her home in Englewood, Florida, and two pieces of land, one for 80 acres and one for 40 acres in Lee County. Right now, inspectors are working with the EPA to remove stock-piled horse manure from those properties. Under the law it must be removed within 180 days, which will be November 1st.
Inspectors say they anticipate holding a community auction in November to sell some of Crundwell's belongings. And there will likely be an online auction to sell some other things. Marshals will be taking pictures and logging property over the next few weeks. We're told everything should be sold by Christmas.
Also today, both parties agreed to send the criminal case to Judge Philip Reinhard. He's the judge who will see this case through, whether there is a trial or plea deal. Crundwell will appear in front of Judge Reinhard on November 14th. Also on the 14th, there will be another hearing on the civil case.