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Homes of Ex-Illinois Official Who Stole $53 Million on Show

By The Associated Press

DIXON, Ill. (AP) - The U.S. Marshals Service is giving prospective buyers and the media a tour of properties owned by the disgraced former comptroller of a northern Illinois city.  They started Friday with Rita Crundwell's two-story, 3,000-square-foot house on 40 acres of land in the countryside south of Dixon. Crundwell built the home in 2005 but never lived there. She leases the house and the land to family members.  

Crundwell admitted to stealing $53 million from Dixon coffers to pay for a lavish lifestyle. The government is auctioning off her property. The auction runs through Saturday.  Next year authorities plan online auction of Crundwell's jewelry with an estimated value of $500,000. They've already auctioned her horses, vehicles and a luxury motor home to bring in about $7.4 million.  Crundwell's sentencing is in February.

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