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Crundwell Public Defender Files Motion to Dismiss

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Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell’s public defender Bob Thompson says he has  filed a “motion to dismiss” in her state case.

Thompson told News Eight that Wednesday afternoon, but he would not comment on the situation further. Crundwell has been charged with 60 different counts of state theft in access of more than  $100,000 from January of 2010 to April of 2012.

Thompson believes he may be able to get the charges dropped because U.S. District Judge Philip Reinhard just sentenced Crundwell to more than 19.5 years in federal prison. The judge sentenced her after she pleaded guilty to stealing more than $53 million from the city of Dixon from 1990 to April of 2012 when the FBI arrested her.

Federal prosecutors did say in November they believed all the state charges and all the charges in the federal case were of the “same conduct.” Crundwell could serve anywhere from 6 to 30 years in prison for each of the state charges.

Crundwell does have another status hearing in her state case on March 4th. The judge will likely set a date to hear the “motion to dismiss” then.