DIXON (WIFR) -- The Lee County State’s Attorney says she needs more time to determine whether former comptroller Rita Crundwell should face additional charges for stealing millions of dollars from taxpayers.
Right now, the public defender argues she can’t be charged citing double jeopardy. We’ll now have to wait another month to determine whether Crundwell will face additional charges. A new hearing is scheduled for April 1 and from a lavish life-style to an orange jumpsuit, today we had a chance to see the former comptroller for the first time since she was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison. Although, it wasn’t exactly in person.
Right now, Crundwell is being treated like every other inmate, where she addressed a near empty court-room via video conference. It’s a way for the county to save money on security costs since she’s confined to a room. Crundwell is currently being held in Boone County but was temporarily transferred to Dixon for today’s hearing. It’s still not clear whether Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller will move forward with 60 State Counts, claiming Crundwell stole more than 11 million dollars from the city over two years. Crundwell’s attorney is demanding the charges be dropped, citing “Double Jeopardy” considering she’s already serving time for the crime.
The former comptroller didn’t say much today, however did agree to let a judge sit in on closed door meeting between attorneys, that way a judge had the chance to give recommendations. There is still a lot up in the air. Crundwell’s public defender says a lot could happen with a future sentence so there’s no telling just what she may serve in addition to her time now.
As you may recall, Crundwell pleaded not guilty to the State charges, but pleaded guilty to the Federal charges. Her attorney argues it’s the same crime and says the plea is formal and almost always entered “not guilty” when starting a case.
DIXON (WIFR) -- Former Dixon Comptroller, Rita Crundwell was back in Lee County today in an attempt to drop state charges against her.
Right now she's facing over 19 years in federal prison for stealing more than 50 million dollars from the City of Dixon. Crundwell traveled from a prison cell in Boone County where she is being held for the time being to Lee County where she appeared via video conferencing. She and her attorney made the case that the 60 state charges against her are double jeopardy and therefore should be dropped.
We're are told there is no plea agreement in the works right now.
Her next court appearance is April 1st.