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Embezzler's attorney may ask for state to drop charges

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    Rita Crundwell

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The defense attorney for Rita Crundwell says he may ask that state charges be dropped against the disgraced former Dixon comptroller.

Crundwell has admitted in federal court to stealing more than $53 million from the small northern Illinois city. But she also faces similar charges in Lee County. The Telegraph in Dixon reported Tuesday that public defender Bob Thompson has asked a state judge for time to consider filing a motion to get the state charges against Crundwell dropped.

The state charges relate to about $11 million.

The 59-year-old Crundwell is to be sentenced in federal court on Feb. 14.

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