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Crundwell moved to short-term holding facility

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Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 11:28 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 2:30 p.m. CDT
Rita Crundwell
(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Rita Crundwell is seen outside of the federal courthouse earlier this year in Rockford.

CHICAGO – Rita Crundwell was transferred temporarily to a Chicago correctional facility, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Monday.

Crundwell was moved Thursday from Boone County Jail, where she has been held since her Feb. 14 sentencing, to the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The downtown center is a short-term holding facility for federal prisoners of all security levels who appear in Illinois Northern District courts, according to BOP spokesman Chris Burke and the bureau website.

Burke could not talk about Crundwell’s situation, citing BOP policy not to comment on individual transfers.

The former Dixon comptroller was sentenced to 19 years, 7 months for wire fraud on Feb. 14. She is appealing the sentence; a hearing is set in June.

Last week, Lee County theft charges against Crundwell were dismissed, with the option to refile if her federal sentence changes. At that time, Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said she would notify the U.S. marshals of the dismissal, to “get the ball rolling” on finding Crundwell a permanent prison assignment.

The bureau tries to place inmates at a facility within 500 miles of where they will be released once their sentence is served, but they can be placed farther away because of security, programming, and population concerns, he said.

As Crundwell requested, U.S District Judge Philip Reinhard will recommend a federal prison close to Beloit, Wis., home of her longtime boyfriend, Jim McKillips.

The closest facility to Beloit is the low-security Waseca Federal Correctional Institute in Waseca, Minn.

Sacco-Miller also suggested a federal prison in Texas could be a likely destination.

Crundwell’s release date has been set for March 5, 2030.

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