Online auctions bring in $275,734
DIXON – Hundreds of Western-themed furniture and other personal items belonging to ousted Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell soon will be carted out of her homes.
Two 3-day online auctions to sell nearly 400 lots of her assets fetched $275,734 by Saturday’s end.
The highest-selling item was a farmhouse-style kitchen table and eight chairs in her vacation home in Englewood, Fla., that sold for $10,750. That auction ran from Wednesday through Friday.
A black Kurzweil/Young Chang grand piano at her primary home at 1679 U.S. Route 52 in Dixon sold for $4,550. At $10, a Mitsubishi VHS player in Dixon garnered the least amount.
A Quasar VCR in Dixon is the only item that did not sell. The sale of Dixon items ran from Thursday through Saturday.
There were more than 10,000 bids placed in the two auctions; there were 557 bidders for the Florida items and 658 for the Dixon lots, the U.S. Marshals Service reported.
Crundwell, 59, of Dixon, was arrested April 17 and pleaded guilty last month to federal wire fraud and admitted stealing nearly $54 million from the city over 21 years. She faces up to 20 years in prison at her Feb. 14 sentencing.
Already sold was her herd of more than 400 prized quarter horses, vehicles, trailers, tack, equipment, and breeding equipment.
To date, her possessions have fetched about $7.93 million, which includes $15,000 from an insurance claim for one of eight horses that died and a $9,000 lease payment for her home and farmland at 1403 Dutch Road in Dixon.
It’s not likely the full amount ever will be recovered, Jason Wojdylo, chief inspector of the marshals asset forfeiture division, said.
However, he said he hopes to still raise a few million more: The service still has five properties to sell.
They have received unsolicited bids on three sites: $450,000 for the 43 acres of farmland and single-family home at Dutch Road; $700,000 for her 83-acre ranch at 1556 Red Brick Road, also in Dixon; and $540,000 for 81 acres of Lee County farmland.
Counteroffers are due by noon Dec. 21.
Wojdylo said Friday that the Route 52 property also has received an unsolicited bid but he has not had time to evaluate it.
No offers have been made on the Florida vacation home.
Crundwell’s jewelry, valued at $500,000, also has yet to be sold.
A court order has not yet been issued for those items, and Wojdylo said Friday he was OK with not making that part of the latest online auction.
“My concern is that if we put too much property out there, it’s going to flood the market,” Wojdylo said. “Let’s face it – it’s Christmas time and people are going to spend money on certain items, so we would not want to put it out there at one time. “
Crundwell also is charged with 60 counts of theft in Lee County. She has a pretrial conference Dec. 19.
What they sold for
– Farmhouse-style kitchen table and eight chairs: $10,750
– Kurzweil/Young Chang grand piano: $4,550
– Brown leather chair and ottoman: $4,000
– 12-foot Western-themed leather sectional sofa: $3,925
– King-sized ornate wooden bed with carved steer head: $3,125
– Revolver and spurs chandelier: $3,100
– Wooden wheelbarrow bench with two wagon wheels: $2,525
– Sligh Meadowbrook Cherry grandfather clock: $1,525
– Mahogany mink coat: $1,175
– Prada rolling suitcase: $900
Who to contact
Anyone interested in bidding on Crundwell's properties can email Jason Wojdylo, chief inspector of the Marshals Asset Forfeiture Division, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to www.usmarshals.gov/assets/sales/crundwellrealproperties.htm to learn more about the sites, and about the terms and conditions of the sales.