Ex-Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell's horses on sale

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)

September 7, 2012 3:44:52 PM PDT
A government auction of horses that once belonged to a former public official now charged with stealing millions of dollars began Friday.

Rita Crundwell is accused of embezzling more than $30 million since 2006 from the village of Dixon.

Prosecutors say she used the money to fund an extravagant lifestyle that included breeding horses. She was one of the leading breeders in the country.

Ninety three of her Quarter horses are being sold in an online auction. A live auction of more than 300 other horses takes place later this month in Dixon.