Former Dixon comptroller expected to plea guilty to embezzlement charges

By WEEK Producer

November 13, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM CDT

DIXON, Ill. -- The Former Comptroller of Dixon is expected to plea guilty on federal charges of embezzlement.

Rita Crundwell is accused of stealing more than $53 million from Dixon town accounts, according to federal authorities.

Crundwell was one of the world's most prominent breeders of quarter-horses.

The federal case spans 22 years and investigators say Crundwell used to the money to support her lavish lifestyle and world champion quarter-horse breeding farms.

Crundwell also faces 60 charges related to stealing government property in Lee County, from January 2010 through April of this year.

It is not known if the federal case will have any impact on the state's case.

Crundwell is due in federal court Wednesday morning.