Prosecutors drop all state charges against former Dixon Comptroller

By WEEK Producer

April 30, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM CDT

DIXON, Ill. -- State prosecutors have dropped all state charges against former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell.

Crundwell had faced 60 counts of theft. Those charges were dropped during a hearing on Tuesday. Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said the potential cost of the trial and the fact that Crundwell would get a sentence concurrent to her federal one, and therefore would not serve any additional time, factored into the decision to drop the charges.

Crundwell's lawyer argued the case was double jeopardy.

The former Dixon comptroller was sentenced on February 14 to almost 20 years in prison for stealing over $53 million from the city of Dixon between 1990 and 2012.

She was arrested for one count of federal wire fraud in April of last year.

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