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Last horse sells for more than $33,000

Published: Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The last of former Comptroller Rita Crundwell’s prized quarter horses fetched $33,500 in an online auction Thursday.

Whiteless, a 2010 bay mare, was resold this week after the original bidder during a live auction last month failed to pay for the horse.

The horse, now in Caseyville, initially sold for $42,000 via an online bid during the auction at Crundwell’s Red Brick Road ranch.

The horse was auctioned by Virginia-based Professional Auction Services Inc., which also auctioned Crundwell’s other horses, tack, equipment, and some trailers and vehicles.

The online and live auctions of the horses and items last month brought in more than $6.4 million.

A judge this summer gave U.S. marshals the green light to sell more than 400 horses belonging to Crundwell.

They also can sell five of her properties, cars, vehicles, and hundreds of personal items.

The horses and items have been under the care of the U.S. Marshals Service since shortly after Crundwell was indicted in May on a federal wire fraud charge.

Prosecutors say the 59-year-old Dixon woman misappropriated more than $53 million in city funds since 1990.

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