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Auction of ex-Dixon comptroller’s horses brings in $5M

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DIXON, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

The U.S. Marshals Service said the auction of property owned by indicted former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell raised $5 million.

Marshals auctioned off horses, a luxury motor home and other items. About 300 of Crundwell's horses were sold.

Crundwell is accused of embezzlement. She faces federal charges for stealing more than $53 million from Dixon.

The feds said she stole the money to support a lavish lifestyle, and a lavish horse breeding operation.

She has pleaded not guilty to the federal charge, and also faces state charges.

On the second day, they collected about $4.78 million.

On Sunday, auctioneers at her northern Illinois ranch sold off 146 horses and related items for about $2.4 million. The highest bid was for Crundwell's 2004 world champion stallion "Good I Will Be," who brought in  $775,000 alone.

An earlier online auction brought in $1.64 million for 80 of Crundwell's horses.

If Crundwell is convicted, Dixon will get money from the auctions. If acquitted, the profits return to her.

Federal marshals plan to auction off hundreds of Crundwell's personal items next.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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