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Former Dixon Comptroller Transferred to Federal Prison in Pekin

Convicted $54 million municipal embezzler Rita Crundwell has been transferred to a federal prison in her home state of Illinois.

The 65-year-old former Dixon comptroller is now housed in the Pekin Federal Correctional Institution, about 100 miles south of the northern Illinois city. Crundwell is serving a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to stealing the money over two decades to support a lavish lifestyle and a nationally renowned horse-breeding operation. 

Her thievery ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state's corruption-rich history.

Crundwell previously served prison time in Minnesota and at a federal medical center in Texas before she was sent to Pekin earlier this month. She has served about 4  1/2 years of her sentence.

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