Judge asked to toss state theft case
DIXON – The attorney representing convicted federal felon Rita Crundwell in her state theft case filed a motion Wednesday asking a judge to toss the case, citing potential double jeopardy.
In his motion, Lee County Public Defender Bob Thompson said Crundwell’s plea agreement in her federal wire fraud charge included “acts and dates” also contained in the Lee County indictment.
Although theft and wire fraud are different charges, Crundwell admitted in the federal case to stealing nearly $54 million in city funds “from as early as” Dec. 18, 1990, until April 17, the day she was arrested at Dixon City Hall, Thompson wrote.
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