Rita Crundwell, the former Dixon comptroller convicted of embezzling close to $54 million in town funds, is appealing her almost 20-year prison sentence, which was imposed last month.
Crundwell was sentenced to 19 years and 7 months for stealing the town's money over a 22-year period and using it for personal use. Due to federal sentencing rules, Crundwell will be required to serve just under 17 years in prison for her crime.
The 60 year-old's attorney is hoping to rid the former comptroller of 60 additional counts of felony theft that she faces for her crimes, noting that Crundwell has already been given a long sentence for her federal conviction.
The town of Dixon is set to see some $10 million returned to its coffers due to the sale of 400 of Crundwell's horses as well as her ranch, jewelry and motor home.