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Crundwell immediately taken into custody

Posted by wlpo on February 14, 2013

     ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) – U.S. Marshals immediately took former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell into custody after she was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for stealing more than $53 million from the city.

      The judge sentenced Crundwell on Thursday morning and wished her luck. Then a U.S. Marshal standing behind Crundwell in Rockford federal court handcuffed her. The marshal led Crundwell out a side door as she quietly sobbed.

      The judge ordered her taken immediately because he said she could be a flight risk. The judge said it’s possible that Crundwell could have hidden money to make an escape. The judge also noted that she received a longer prison sentence than she had hoped.

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