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Progress, but still no restitution timeline

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – A procedural move put the city a step closer to getting its $10 million or so in restitution from the sale of former comptroller Rita Crundwell’s assets.

It still may be awhile, though, before Dixon sees the check, Jason Wojdylo, chief inspector of the asset forfeiture division for the U.S. Marshals Service, said Wednesday.

Wojdylo said an order filed last Thursday essentially finalizes turning over all rights, titles and interests in her assets to the federal government.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office now will submit an application to the attorney general, asking that the proceeds be released. Once the attorney general approves, the city will get a check.

Neither Wojdylo or Randall Samborn, public information officer for the Northern District of Illinois, could provide a timeline for when any of that might happen.

Crundwell was sentenced to 19 years, 7 months in prison in February, but she has since appealed the judge’s order. The appeal could include any forfeiture rulings, possibly delaying restitution.

Samborn noted, however, that Crundwell and her attorneys have done “nothing throughout the proceedings, or posted any challenges,” when it comes to the final order of forfeiture.

Crundwell’s attorney, Paul Gaziano, declined to comment on the pending appeal.

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