Dixon comptroller fired after alleged $30M theft

This Nov. 2011 photo provided on April 18, 2012, by The American Quarter Horse Journal, shows Rita Crundwell, of Dixon, Ill., posing with Pizzazzy Lady at the 2011 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City. On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, FBI agents arrested Crundwell, the Dixon comptroller, on charges that she stole more than $3.2 million in public funds from the city of Dixon in just a matter of months. She also was accused of misappropriating more than $30 million since 2006 to finance a lavish lifestyle, including operating a horse farm. (AP Photo/The American Quarter Horse Journal)

April 23, 2012 2:06:19 PM PDT
The Dixon City Council rejected a letter of resignation from Comptroller Rita Crundwell, instead voting Monday to fire her.

Crundwell is accused of stealing more than $30 million from the town of 15,000 over the past six years. Dixon's city budget is only $7 million.

She turned in a letter of resignation over the weekend, according to a Dixon Mayor James Burke, but it was rejected.

"The city opted to fire her instead because of public sentiment," Burke said. That way, he said, they could make sure "Crundwell will not be entitled to any pension."

Crundwell allegedly used the money to live a lavish lifestyle that included two horse farms and $2.5 million credit card bill.

The Dixon City Council ? four council members and the mayor -- voted 5-0 in favor of firing Crundwell.