Former Dixon Comptroller indicted on State felony charges

By WEEK Producer

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM CDT

LEE COUNTY, Ill. -- Former Dixon, Illinois Comptroller Rita Crundwell was indicted Thursday on 60 felony theft counts.

These are not federal charges but State felony theft allegations brought by a Lee County Grand Jury.

The 60 charges relate to stealing government property only from January 2010 through April of this year.

On conviction, each felony charge could result in up to 30 years in prison.

The charges came because Dixon officials worried Crundwell might get off too easy on the federal charge.

"She was released on a recognizance bond," said resident Mary Carlson. "There was no bond because of the large amount of money and they feel like she's gonna get a slap on the wrist from the feds."

Crundwell still faces a single Federal charge of wire fraud.

Crundwell will be arraigned next month on the new state charges against her.

The Federal Government is selling Crundwell's prize-winning horses in a effort to get back some of the millions she's alleged to have stolen.