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Feds order Ortgiesen to produce documents

No details on how much ex-engineer owes city

Shawn Ortgiesen

DIXON – Former City Engineer Shawn Ortgiesen was given a notice to appear before the U.S. Attorney’s Office in regard to the recovery of assets in the Rita Crundwell case, according to court documents.

Documents seized from City Hall after Crundwell’s arrest included personal loan agreements that Crundwell had with Ortgiesen and his wife, Angela, as well as Fire Chief Tim Shipman and his wife, Diane.

The amounts and terms were not disclosed on those documents, or in the notice to Ortgiesen issued last Thursday.

No notices have been released in regard to Shipman.

When the former comptroller was sentenced in February for wire fraud, a court order said of the loans only that Crundwell is to “assign two notes payable in her favor from two Dixon administrators who borrowed money from her.”

The “citation to discover assets,” which can bring about a judgment for money owed, asks Ortgiesen to bring his bank statements dating back 3 years, his state and federal income tax returns, applications for loans and any promissory notes, among other items.

His testimony is scheduled for June 11 in Chicago.

Shipman has said he is working with federal authorities on terms and conditions for repayment, but would give no further details, because, he said, he wants to cooperate fully with authorities.

He has said his loan from Crundwell was “fairly short term” at a 1 percent rate. Ortgiesen has said his loan was a 10-year note at 4 percent.

Ortgiesen was not available for comment.


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