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Saddle, other items bring in $19,211

Published: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The latest batch of items belonging to ousted Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell sold online for $19,211 Wednesday night following a multi-day auction.

The most expensive item, a hand-crafted, limited-edition saddle and display podium, sold for $6,100.

Craftsman John Ivy of Owasso, Okla., sold Crundwell the saddle, which was the fourth in a series of 12, for $7,500. It was seized at her vacation home in Englewood, Fla.

The latest auction was yet another effort by the U.S. Marshals Service to recoup some of the nearly $54 million Crundwell admitted to stealing from the city over 21 years.

Sales of her horses, tack, equipment, vehicles, trailers, breeding equipment, and a luxury motor home have netted about $8 million.

Crundwell, 59, pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud last month and will be sentenced Feb. 14.

She also is charged in Lee County with 60 counts of theft of government property in excess of $100,000.

Marshals have said the proceeds from the sales, minus costs, will go to the city when the case is resolved.

Among the other items sold: the granite rock with the “RC” logo that once sat outside the Red Brick Road horse ranch, for $575; three “RC” signs from two of the barns, for $770; and a cowhide chair for $3,710.

Marshals also are selling the Florida home and four other properties.

So far, 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 Friday. 

Crundwell’s jewelry, valued at $500,000, likely will be auctioned in January, marshals say.

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