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More Crundwell items up for sale

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 3:03 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 3:16 p.m. CDT

DIXON – Soon, even more of Rita Crundwell’s prized possessions will hit the auction block.

The U.S. Marshals Service announced Monday it will have an online sale of Crundwell’s furniture, electronics, artwork and other items Dec. 6-8.

Professional Auction Services, the same company that auctioned Crundwell’s herd of quarter horses in September, will host the sale on its website, www.professionalauction.com.

Marshals also are working with the Dixon School District to arrange a computer lab to accommodate those in the community who “may have some anxiety with online auctions,” according to a news release Monday.

Crundwell, 59, the former Dixon comptroller, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a single count of federal fraud, a scheme she admitted using to steal nearly $54 million from the city.

She will be sentenced Feb. 14. As part of the plea, Crundwell agreed to pay full restitution to the city.

In the meantime, she has agreed to the sale of a number of her assets, such as the horses, cars, trailers and other items, which have been under the care of marshals since shortly after her April 17 arrest.

So far, the items have brought in about $7.4 million. Marshals say the proceeds from the sale, minus costs and liens, will go into an escrow account until further order of the court.

The items up for sale next month were seized from Crundwell’s homes in Dixon and Englewood, Fla. Those homes, plus three other properties, also will be sold.

Marshals also are auctioning several of Crundwell’s boats and vehicles in an online auction at www.appletowing.com that ends Dec. 6.

Crundwell also is charged with 60 counts of theft in Lee County. She will be back in court in that case Dec. 19.

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