Former Dixon comptroller requests public defender

By WEEK Producer

October 22, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM CDT

DIXON, Ill. -- Rita Crundwell, the Dixon, Illinois woman accused of stealing $53 million from her town's treasury, has asked for a public defender as her attorney.

Monday was Crundwell's first court appearance involving the sixty state theft charges against her. She's also charged in Federal Court with wire fraud.

Crundwell's federal public defender told the court that nearly everything Crundwell owned, including some 400 horses, had been seized by the federal Government.

Crundwell, who is free on bond, is scheduled to be arraigned on October 31st.