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Crundwell appeals federal sentence

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 1:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013 12:28 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – Rita Crundwell’s attorneys are appealing the length of her sentence, among other things, according to court documents filed last week.

U.S. District Court Judge Philip G. Reinhard sentenced the ousted Dixon comptroller to 19 years, 7 months for wire fraud on Feb. 14.

The appeal will be handled by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, based in Chicago. A hearing has not been set.

The defense had 14 days from the day of sentencing to appeal the judge’s orders, which included the length of her sentence, how much restitution she must pay, and how she would pay it.

Defense attorney Paul Gaziano declined to say exactly what the appeal covers.

Crundwell still awaits word from the Federal Bureau of Prisons on where she will serve her sentence. For the time being, she is in the Boone County Jail. She will remain in custody during the appeal. She must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence – about 16 1/2 years. Once released, she will serve three years of supervision.

She also was ordered to pay back $53,740,394 that she admitted to stealing from the city over two decades. Sales of her assets are predicted to bring about $10.5 million for the city.

Crundwell also faces theft charges in Lee County. In that case, her public defender filed a motion last week to have charges dismissed, citing potential double jeopardy.

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