ROCKFORD, Ill. (WKOW) -- The former financial officer for the northern Illinois city of Dixon is slated to appear in court to face charges that accuse her of stealing tens of millions of dollars from the community.
Rita Crundwell is expected to enter a plea at her arraignment Monday morning.
A federal grand jury last month returned an indictment charging Crundwell with wire fraud for allegedly siphoning more than $53 million from Dixon since 1990 into a secret account.
Authorities say she used the money to fund one of the nation's leading horse breeding operations and feed a lavish lifestyle that kept her outfitted with cars and hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry.
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