Status Hearing Set for April 1 in Crundwell’s State Case

March 6th, 2013 12:34 PM | No Comments

Appearing via closed circuit television, Rita Crundwell addresses the court Monday morning during a status hearing in Lee County Court. Photo by Alex T. Paschal/


Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller has three weeks to file a response to a defense motion to dismiss dozens of state theft charges against ousted Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell, a Lee County judge ruled Monday.

A hearing date on the motion to dismiss likely will be set at Crundwell’s April 1 status hearing, Lee County Public Defender Bob Thompson said.

In the meantime, the attorneys have agreed to meet with Judge Ron Jacobson about a possible resolution in the case. The conference, which will be held in Jacobson’s chambers, has not yet been scheduled.

Crundwell, 60, was sentenced last month to 19 years, seven months in prison on a single federal charge of wire fraud, a scheme she used to steal nearly $54 million from the city over two decades.

She is appealing the sentence. She will remain in the Boone County Jail until the Federal Bureau of Prisons determines where she will serve out her sentence.

Crundwell, wearing an orange jumpsuit, appeared in Lee County court via closed-circuit TV during Monday’s hearing.

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