U.S. Marshals to Pay for Care for Ousted Comptroller Rita Crundwell's Horses for Now

Mayor Burke said, “I contacted the FBI about it if they wanted the information. They said they have a very good handle on it they have got people in charge of this whole horse operation that have experience that know what they're doing. I'm confident the FBI has a good handle on this horse operation."

UPDATE 5/3: U.S. Marshals will continue to take care of Rita Crundwell's hundreds of horses and her employees.

Crundwell is accused of stealing more than 50 million dollars from taxpayers while acting as Dixon's comptroller. At a court appearance today she told a judge she had no objections to U.S. Marshals taking over her more than 300 horses. Her employees have been feeding and caring for them since mid April. They'll now be paid by U.S. Marshals. Eventually, prosecutors hope to sell the horses to repay the city.


DIXON (WIFR) -- It's been a week since Dixon's comptroller was fired for allegedly stealing more than $30 million of taxpayer money. However, there are still many unanswered questions as the city tries to move past the scandal including the condition of Crundwell's horses.

It's taking longer than expected--that's what Dixon Mayor Jim Burke says about the search for a new comptroller.

Burke said, "It's not moving as fast as I wanted it to we've been meeting to death with people and we want to make sure we're on good grounds."

Dixon Mayor Jim Burke says he's been meeting with accountants and attorneys on a daily basis and he has a conference call with former city officials tomorrow. He says he's trying to get the best advice on choosing the next comptroller. As of now, City Clerk Kathe Swanson is filling in.

Burke says he wants to be cautious so people aren't scammed out of money again. Money he's now trying to recover. The FBI told Burke he'd be contacted by a forfeiture team, but he's uncertain when that will happen.

Many community members say they're still shocked by Crundwell's alleged theft but now they're looking to the city to move forward from this scandal.

Dixon resident Matthew Curtis said, "It seems like everybody has moved passed her and now they're moving on to higher accountability, Mayor Burke and everyone else."

Many are also wondering what's going to happen to Crundwell's hundreds of horses for her breeding business, including the ones at her two ranches in Dixon and Beloit.

Burke also says he's received a lot of calls wondering about the horses.

He said, "I've been contacted by a lot of people from around the country offering auction services and they want to do this they want to do that making suggestions about the horses."

So he contacted the FBI to pass along their suggestions.

Burke said, "They said they have a very good handle on it they have got people in charge of this whole horse operation that have experience that know what they're doing. I'm confident the FBI has a good handle on this horse operation."

A spokesman for the U.S. District Attorney could only say that the horses are being well cared for and they expect a detailed announcement soon.

The next board meeting is on May 7th, that is when Dixon residents can speak publicly about the scandal. Crundwell will also be in court that same day.

These aren't the first charges she's faced. Crundwell settled a lawsuit last year when two former employees said she didn't pay them overtime and minimum wages. The federal lawsuit was filed in November of 2010. Armando Valdes and Trinidad Sanchez filed the suit against Crundwell and her ranch business, RC Quarter Horses. LLC.


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