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Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell Gets Nearly 20 Years

I truly hope this news means Colin never writes about her ever, ever again:

Disgraced former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell was sentenced today to about 19 1/2 years in prison for what authorities have called the largest municipal fraud in the country’s history.

U.S. District Judge Philip Reinhard ordered Crundwell taken into custody immediately to begin serving the sentence of 19 years and 7 months.

"I'm truly sorry to the city of Dixon and my family and my friends," Crundwell said as she choked up before the sentencing, her first show of emotion since she was charged last April.

The judge told Crundwell she showed much greater passion for the welfare of her horses than the people of Dixon she represented and that she lived the lifestyle befitting a wealthy person, doing so on monies that weren’t hers.

As it stands – assuming she doesn't go all Tobias Beecher on 'em in the slammer – Crundwell should be out by the time she is 77 years old.

The saga may not be over for Crundwell yet as she still faces 60 state charges of felony theft.